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Convertible Houses Hardcover – April 9, 2007

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith; 1 edition (April 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423600290
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423600299
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,334,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Trading up in real estate doesn't always mean adding square footage. In fact, more often than not, adding extra space isn't an option. That's where convertible design can go a long way.

With a total of 950 square feet between them, authors Amanda Lam and Amy Thomas have mastered the essential tricks of maximizing their living spaces. In Convertible Houses, they guide you through dozens of examples of homes that uniquely accommodate multiple functions within a finite amount of space. Creative design and flexible space planning can make your square footage work twice as hard, no matter where you live.

Renowned architects and creative homeowners from around the world share successful strategies for convertible living, from foldaway kitchens to foldout offices, from swiveling walls to cantilevering lofts, from one-room urban studios to palatial countryside homes.

The examples in Convertible Houses offer professional insights, layman's tips, and plenty of inspiration. Through a mixture of color photography, floor plans, renderings, and engaging text, you'll see how convertible features can add more versatility to your living space.

But what if you're not ready to hire a contractor and overhaul your home? Even if you don't have the budget to make architectural changes, Convertible Houses covers plenty of quick and easy changes you can make in an afternoon, or a weekend, to pack more functionality into your home.

When Amy Thomas was growing up, her father, an interior designer, was constantly knocking down walls in their homes and rebuilding them so they were more functional-and more fabulous. These were lessons Amy carried with her when she bought her first apartment. Now living in Manhattan, she writes about everything from local design to international travel for publications such as CITY, Bust, Lucky, Metro newspaper and others.

Amanda Lam honed her love for design and architecture during her time as the managing editor of CITY magazine. Four years ago, she relocated from the San Francisco Bay Area to New York City, where she became intimately familiar with the challenges of one-space living in a 436-square-foot studio apartment in Manhattan's Upper West Side. Amanda attended Stanford University, where she received her BA in Communication and her MA in Sociology.

About the Author

Writers Amanda Lam and Amy Thomas are very familiar with trying to get the most comfortable living accommodations and the most practical working arrangements out of their small New York City apartments. Thomas writes about everything from local design to international travel for publications such as CITY, Bust, Lucky, Metro newspaper and others. Lam honed her love for design and architecture during her time as the managing editor of CITY, a national lifestyle and design magazine.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott H. Irving on August 16, 2012
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Designs were expensive and overly elaborate. Not much practical use as I see it. this is for wealthy people who just like to be different, not practical.
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