The Big Tiny


The Big Tiny is Dee Williams’ memoir – the first time Dee has told her story in her own words, and it covers the twists, turns and insights that that led her to build her little house. It’ll tug at your heartstrings, make you laugh, and inspire you to take a second look at whatever you call home.



Praise for The Big Tiny

The Big Tiny is a beautifully written narrative, one that goes beyond happiness and living simply. The power of Dee’s words will touch your heart, make you laugh, cry, and change your life.
Tammy Strobel, author of You Can Buy Happiness (and It's Cheap)
The Big Tiny is irresistible. Dee Williams is as much fun on the page as she is in person. Comic, silly, and soulful, she takes us on her journey to simplify her life and along the way tunes in to our own inner desire to pare down to our nearly naked selves.
Jim Lynch, author of The Highest Tide and Truth Like the Sun


Excerpts from The Big Tiny:

Dee Williams Tiny House

“How would it feel to live so light?”: An Excerpt from The Big Tiny

Dee Williams has inspired tiny house builders across the world, but where did her own inspiration come from? Find out below, in the first of a series of excerpts we’re sharing from her forthcoming memoir, The Big Tiny, due out April 22! In this excerpt, Dee explains her first exposure…

How Do You Start Building a Tiny House?

How do you start building a tiny house? Ideally, by building a few other things first. Continuing our series of excerpts from her new memoir, The Big Tiny, Dee Williams shares some of her own tiny house building process:  “A few days ago, I spent almost an hour trying to recondition…
Dee Williams' Tiny House

Little House Magic: “Connecting To People And Materials”

We’re celebrating two things today – Earth Day, and the paperback release of The Big Tiny, Dee Williams’ memoir about building her tiny house on wheels in 2004.  In this new excerpt, Dee shares an example of how making thoughtful choices about your building materials can pay off in more…


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Meet Dee on Tour!

The Big Tiny book tour has brought Dee to cities across America! Here’s where she’s headed next.  Come on out to one of these readings or events, meet Dee, and connect with other tiny house enthusiasts in your area.

About Dee Williams

Dee loft headshotDee Williams built and moved into her little house in 2004, and since then over 20 million people have toured it virtually to learn more about the house and her life.  Dee founded Portland Alternative Dwellings (PAD) to help others learn to build homes that serve their lives, instead of the other way around.   Learn more about Dee’s house and story.

To schedule a reading or speaking event with Dee, contact Brian Ulicky at brian.ulicky [at] For anything else, visit PAD’s Contact page.




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