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Narrow Houses: New Directions in Efficient Design 1st Edition

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"When it comes to houses less than 25 feet wide, facades are deceiving: Savvy architecture makes the interiors feel airy, even spacious." --Details, March 2011

"The Kate Mosses of residential design... Clearly, six metres - the widest measure that defines "narrow front" - is all that's really needed." --Azure, February 2011

About the Author

Avi Friedman is a world-renowned architect and director of the Affordable Homes Program at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He has served on the National Housing Research Committee of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; 1 edition (November 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568988737
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568988733
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #427,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is one of the best books on narrow footprint houses. Page after page of some of the most interesting examples of narrow footprint houses that are not row, or town houses. There are plenty of photos and floor plans to see. A great source for examples of houses for narrow lots, or tiny sites.
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more than a practical guide on design for the narrow house, the examples include innovative solutions from iconic architects like ban or ando. i did not expect the terrific exposition and design guide/essay of 40 some pages in the back. thorough and thought provoking, the materials can launch a designer towards better solutions.
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"Narrow Houses: New Directions in Efficient Design" by Avi Friedman (Princeton Architectural Press) deal with another kind of situation altogether. The shoebox home. Defining `narrow' as a structure with a street-facing facade of 25 feet or less, Friedman highlights a broad array of solutions for maximizing usable space while creating the necessary flow for the limited environment.

Houses from Amsterdam to Japan (where one pictured home is a mere nine feet wide!) are showcased, many using the latest modern, cutting edge design, but all with a mind towards maximizing use of open space, vertical integration and that ever elusive `flow' to make things seem imminently livable despite the cramped space. Lots of stairways and glass windows and walls are used to open up these spaces, as Friedman cites examples from freestanding structures to rows of tiny fronted townhomes.

Beyond the examples, Friedman explains the reasoning behind the re-emergence of the narrow home movement in terms of environment and economic and social impact as well as the issues to be aware of (footprint, duplexes, yard space, etc.) when dealing with this type of development. As urban areas get more crowded, (though narrow homes are even expanding to suburban and certain rural areas), the issues presented here will become more and more useful to builders everywhere. Depending where you are on the continuum, you may already be there. If not, read up.
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I'm gonna build a house on a narrow lot and this book helped my architect to understand my needs. It's possible to build something modern, spacious and beautiful!
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Quite impressed with the quality of photos, crisp and detailed showing exterior detailing and into the houses too.
Floor plans are clean too and the line work is consistent throughout the book. (A lot of books like this take the designer's own submitted plans, sections and elevations and put them in the books leading to fuzzy, saturated and poor image quality - not here though)
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