Library resources on sustainability topics.

Each month a librarian reviews a new library resource that explores a topic related to sustainability.

This month's review



Tiny houses built with recycled materials: inspiration for constructing tiny homes using salvaged and reclaimed supplies (2016) by Ryan Mitchell


The photographs alone are an inspiration. They vividly focus on the creative juxtaposition of a diversity of reclaimed and found materials, warm natural wood finishes and space saving designs.  Mitchell, who has built his own tiny house, outlines the pros and cons of using reclaimed materials and showcases 20 examples of tiny houses, from USA, UK, Australia and Canada. Most of them are on wheels and use some solar energy. Some of the owner/builders had little previous experience of building so they enlisted help from builders or family or community. Design inspiration came from the found and recycled materials themselves, railcars and campervan interiors. Simplified floor plans complement the photographs. The Australian example was purpose built out of 95% recycled materials to raise awareness of using them. Several builders went on to making a business of building tiny homes.
The book is a fine testament to the ingenuity of the builders who have created beautiful homes and work places with a light footprint.





The permaculture city: regenerative design for urban, suburban and town resilience (2015) by Toby Hemenway 631.58 HEM.

Read Rosemary's review here.

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