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Compact Houses: Architecture for the Environment Paperback – September 20, 2005
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Top Customer Reviews
Trump would hate this book.
I live in a small house -- 900 square feet or so -- that's about a hundred years old. But compared to the layout, the beauty the simplicity of design, mine's a dump. I'm getting the urge to go visit a realtor friend. One thing about these houses is that many of them are on what would be considered hard to build on lots. And such lots tend to be cheap. There's a new architect in town that's fresh out of school and may have more originality than the older guys. Maybe if I give her this book, with a few houses marked. Hmmmmm!
One thing I didn't like, most of the bed rooms are on the second floor. I was in a house once that had a fire. The amount of smoke generated in just a minute or two was incredible. I don't want a bed room upstairs, if necessary I want to be able to close the door to keep the smoke out and get out through a wondow or emergency door.
Other than that, this is a great idea book. The pictures are beautiful. There's not as much detail as I would like, but adding detail would have to mean either fewer houses or bigger book, so I guess it's a nice balance.
Overall, I return to this book (amongst others of its genre in my collection) because of the celebration of small project design.
This is not for those who dislike modern, minimilistic elevations.
The text doesn't convey much, the floor plans are hard to read and often do not show every floor so it's hard to get an overall feeling of the design, but the book has beautiful photographs and a large amount of material, 420 pages worth. So, if you like to look at pictures of minimalist houses then get this book, otherwise avoid it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very few books on modern compact homes. Good read and great pictures. Worthy of adding to collection.Published 6 months ago by John H.
The same house over and over and over again. Not very practical if what you want are ideas for a remodel.Published 11 months ago by Coco the Koi
Love it! Great photos and layouts. Just wish it included construction cost!Published 16 months ago by Harold Swift
There are many, many books about small houses. Buy any one of those instead of this one. I can recommend "New Small Spaces" (edited by F Mola) because I happened to pick up both of... Read morePublished on July 1, 2012 by Honey West
This is a great how-to book. It shows good pictures and has good text about how it saves the environment and is "eco" and what sort. Read morePublished on January 18, 2012 by OrLainna Allen
As a prior reviewer stated: "This is basically just a coffee table book - plenty of nice pictures but light on substance. Read morePublished on June 9, 2009 by Amazon Customer
Compact Houses book came fairly quickly and as described, in very good condition. Thanks!Published on May 5, 2009 by Northwest Gardener