Building and living in a tiny house has been a fantasy of mine since the day I first saw a picture of one, maybe a decade ago. I read an article about Dee Williams and her tiny house back in 2008 and wanted to know more. This 2014 book has all the details one could crave.
Williams talks about the genesis of her fantasy, about the planning and the materials and the tools and the logistics of building and hauling a tiny house. This should be exciting for anyone, but especially single women who aren’t necessarily fully confident of their tool-wielding skills. It’s like your fantasy is a photograph and this book is the blueprint.
One of the themes of the book is the balance between independence and intimacy, as Williams manages a scary heart condition that she tries to minimize or hide from others. Anyone who has battled a chronic illness will be impressed that a feat like building one’s own home was still in reach for someone else who has had a near-death experience.
The Big Tiny is funny and sad and moving. It’s full of raunchy humor, mixed in with a bit of philosophy. I really enjoyed it and I will be curious to see if the author writes another.
I've been working with chronic disorganization, squalor, and hoarding for over 20 years. I'm also a marathon runner who was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and thyroid disease 17 years ago.