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Tumbleweed DIY Book of Backyard Sheds & Tiny Houses: Build Your Own Guest Cottage, Writing Studio, Home Office, Craft Workshop, or Personal Retreat [Paperback]

Jay Shafer , Editors of Skills Institute Press
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  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing (23 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565237048
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565237049
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 22.2 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 679,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A catalogue plus an "idiot's guide to building" 23 Jun 2013
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You know the "idiot's guide to ..." series. Frankly, I don't think home building - or even shed building - is something that idiots should be doing. Even those who wouldn't call themselves idiots shouldn't be doing it on the basis of the half-baked advice in this book. The instructions are too simplistic and lacking in detail for me to trust them for anything that I will be making any investment in.

That's the second half of the book.. the first half is almost literally just a catalogue of the pre-fabs that Tumbleweed sell. The only part of any interest (the floor plans) are unlabelled so in reality they are actually quite useless.

Don't bother buying this.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Could be better. 15 Sep 2013
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It's just one kind of construction. Ok, it's Jay Shafer style. And no more. If you need new ideas for a shed, maybe this is not enought.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a DIY book 5 Oct 2011
By Tyler Hutchison - Published on Amazon.com
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I love tumbleweed houses, and I bought this book to get a better idea of the interiors and how to build shelves and closets in small spaces. This book is first and foremost an advertisements for tumbleweed homes. It gives a lot of very basic layouts for the houses and then tells you to purchase the plans from the website.

The parts that did contain DIY information looked to be taken straight form a generic source. None of the DIY pages had people working on tumbleweed houses. Instead you will get some illustrated how to pages of people working on large structures. I was very disappointed by this. In one DIY page it shows you the proper way to cut down a tree... WHY!?

Overall I think they were stretching to get enough content for this book. I was hoping to get a lot of nice how to info on tumbleweeds, but I ended up getting a few pages of useless DIY. For the same money I could have bought a more comprehensive how to book form Home Depot.
52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't get roped in by the freebies! 11 May 2012
By Charles L. Clark II - Published on Amazon.com
While I'll agree that some of the book is nothing more than a catalog I will say it is more than that. They give a walk through, starting with how to cut down a tree. Why? How many people do you know that have EVER cut down a tree? The idea is to expand the minds (and the market) of tiny houses and I appreciate that Jay Shafer didn't leave anything to chance.

What I didn't like was that the instructions, on the last page of the book, were for two great offers. One was the ability to purchase a set of six bungalow plans for only $49.95 (a roughly $500 savings) and the other was a code (found in a well sealed flap of the last page) to be used to download the Zinn bungalow plans for free. However, when this reviewer went online to take advantage of both of these, neither link was available on the Tumbleweed site. I emailed the company but didn't get an answer so I messaged them through Facebook and got a prompt response that I want all of you to know.

They did email me the plans for the Zinn bungalow (nowhere near as convenient as the book alludes to). The offer for the six bungalow plans for only $49.95? I'll quote them here, "That offer is no longer available." Where I live that is called false advertising, but I understand laws vary from state to state.

At any rate, if you get joy from looking at tiny houses - get the book. I'm keeping mine, despite the misrepresentation.
52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad But Mostly A Catalog 23 Sep 2011
By Baja James - Published on Amazon.com
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If you have Fox Chapels book on small cottages a cabins then you have most if not all of the practical content of the book. The remainder is a catalog with great pictures and floor plans for Tumbleweed Houses. The book is usefull in that aspect and for getting ideas but know what you are getting.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cut and Pasted 8 April 2012
By Daniel Amoni - Published on Amazon.com
My impression of the book is that Jay Shafer wrote a couple of pages about designing and living in a tiny house and the publishers pasted together some generic info about building small structures. There are many drawings of boring bungalow style mini-cottages that don't seem useful for anything. Overall, it is very uninspiring. I returned my copy.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 1/2 a book 10 Jun 2012
By Owner Tiny Bastments Apts. - Published on Amazon.com
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Much of this book was a how-to-do-carpentry guide. I was looking for tips on tiny houses and what I got was a nicely bound super nice book however 1/2 looked like diagrams and wall--framing how-to from a bunch of old Sunset Magazine yard and graden books I have on the shelves. Just don't expect too much. Limited use to me as a person converting basements on hillside houses and detatched garages into apartments. This may be a good book for younger book buyers or inexperienced framers and the photos are nice......just don't expect too much.
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