Now's your chance to get to meet Dee Williams, the author of the latest tiny house movement book entitled "The Big Tiny" A Built-It-Myself Memoir." Williams is scheduled to appear in Los Angeles, Calif. today at the Vroman's Bookstore at 7 p.m., according to a news release from her publicist Eliza Rosenberry on May 8, 2014. And this will be the eleventh stop on her book tour, with the last scheduled appearance slated for Mother's Day in Bellingham, Washington.
But for those who can't trek from Atlanta to LA today, you might be interested to know that recently Slate's Design Blog asked the small home builder what it is like to live in an 84-square-foot home. A challenge few of us can imagine, let alone attempt to do. And the author discussed giving away all of her "stuff" from her former big house in order to make the move, as well as the pros and cons of actually living in a one-room space not much bigger than the size of an area rug.
The 51-year-old woman has been living this way since the age of 39, when she first built her tiny house after being diagnosed with congestive heart failure.; ventricular tachycardia with torsades, to be exact. And she isn't the only one living this way, as even some students at an art and design school in Atlanta are getting into the extremely tiny home movement, creating showcase living spaces the size of parking spots in an unused parking garage.
In a recent interview with the Examiner, Dee Williams shared details about her health, tiny house building expenses, and what others should know about local laws and ordinances before attempting to build their own extremely small home. And when it comes to her health now, the author said that "I'm eating my Wheaties every day to stay healthy," and that "I get tired if I over do it. And I'll have a bad day, every once and a while." But for the most part, the tiny home builder is having a lot more better days than she is having bad days, and her doctor is encouraged by that.
So why move out of a three-bedroom home with a big yard and plenty of space in order to build a home that is essentially only the size of a large area rug? And why do it if you have such a serious heart condition? Those who have ever had a near death experience could answer for Dee, probably even giving the same reasons as she did, which amounts to taking stock of her life, and the way she was living it, at the time of the medical crisis.
In the words of the author herself, Dee Williams says that when she first saw Jay Shafer's tiny house featured in a magazine article in the waiting room of her doctor's office, she couldn't help but wonder: "What if I sold my big house with its rats in the front yard, the mortgage, the hours of dusting, mopping, cleaning, vacuuming, painting, grass cutting, and yard pruning? How would it feel to live so light?"
Faced with potential death, and maybe a lot sooner than she thought it might happen in her life, Dee was prompted into taking action. She chose to let go of her "stuff" and the three-bedroom home and its mortgage, since it would keep eating up her precious time and resources. And in its place she constructed a new abode, one which would afford her the ability to live a much simpler existence, at a mere pittance of a price--$8 a month for propane fuel.
"The Big Tiny" book written as a result of this experience chronicles the medical diagnosis Williams received, as well as the reasoning she uses to explain her departure from the big and expensive lifestyle she used to have. Within the 284 pages you will also learn about the real heart issues Dee Williams faced during the past decade of living in a small space, but they were not of the physical kind.
In fact, while one could argue that this book author is championing downsizing your lifestyle for its physical heart health benefits, one could also say that the emotional heart can be helped and healed and grown through tiny house living, too. And Dee Williams proves it in her book "The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir" published by Blue River Press, a member of the Penguin Random House.