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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 76 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith; First Edition edition (July 18, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586850652
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586850654
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 8.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #731,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Building or remodeling an adobe house is an artistic endeavor, with all the satisfaction--and occasional frustration--of any artistic effort. But once you've lived sheltered by adobe wall, you won't want anything else.

Whether the small adobe house is a work of art or a model of simplicity, it is by far the most appropriate house for the Southwest. The adobe serves as natural insulatio, keeping the interior cool in summer and warm in winter, and muffling noise. No draft ever penetrates an adobe wall. The spaces of such a house accept with equal grace the basic curve of an Eames chair or the sumptuous gilding of Louis XIV. It is an easy house to live in.

It is also easy to reshape. You may incorporate all sorts of modern ideas and still keep the classic look of the small adobe house, affording enjoyment of the newest conveniences within an enveloping tradition.

The final word on the small adobe house is that it combines the best of several elements: comfort, adaptability, tradition, and almost limitless possibilities for expansion and personal expression.

Agnesa Reeve, a historian, is past president of the Historic Santa Fe Foundation. Her writings about southwestern architecture and cuisine have been published in journals, and her books include From Hacienda to Bungalow (UNM Press, 1988) and Cooking with a Handful of Ingredients (Cimarron Press, 1993). She lives in Santa Fe.

Robert Reck is a contributing photographer to Architectural Digest and has been published in most of the major architectural journals worldwide, including Architecture, Architectural Record, A+U, and Hauser. He was the lead photographer for the book Santa Fe Style and has significantly contributed to the monographs of many preeminent architects, including Antoine Predock and Robert A. M. Stern.

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Comfort, Adaptability, tradition--

Limitless possibilities for personal expression


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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By C. Clemens on October 2, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This lovely little book is packed with beautiful photos. every page reminds me why, when i build a house, i'll build it adobe-style. you learn a little bit about the history of adobe, its evolution as new architectural ideas moved west, and crucial bits of vocabulary pertinent to adobe homes, such as vigas (celing beams), latillas, canelas & more. this is a lovely book, and excellent for fantasizing about the future.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Kristy K. Dyer on October 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I grabbed this book with enthusiasm since I'm in the middle of trying to design a small (1000 square feet) house and wanted to incorporate some adobe design elements. However, this book is just about the most shallow introduction one could find to adobe home design. It is basically a collection of photos of posh homes (some of which aren't even adobe -- while the preface confesses, the captions don't reveal) with a text that strings together architectural blandishments -- I laughed especially at the quote that "white plastered adobe walls serve as blank canvases for...exotic artwork". Anyone who has lived with adobe knows that hanging something on a wall made of dirt is a bear.

Even just within the state of New Mexico there are far more, and better, examples of adobe houses, which are truly small, aren't "architect designed" or stuffed full of modern art and antique furniture. A less rarefied take, with more attention to the design elements that arise honestly from the material, would be welcome.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Architecture Lover on April 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is sort of odd. It starts off as a brisk chapter by chapter ode to elements of adobe houses. But it ends with an inordinate amount of space dedicated to one contemporary house that is somewhat related to the houses discussed throughout the bulk of the book.

Not enough space is spent discussing any one element of adobe houses, so it should be considered something of a small, short coffee table book.

I liked the book I don't really even understand why the word "small" is in the title since it doesn't even discuss the concept of small houses in any seriousness.

Its most redeeming feature is that it has attractive photographs.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Collins on November 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautiful book. It is an excellent addition to my library of Adobe house books. I will be building an adobe house in the next couple of years and this book is a great reference.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By NikkiO on September 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Nice little book, fair price, but the same photos as in similar books I've purchased...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Day on July 8, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Great book showing some fantastic homes. Lots of great ideas for when I move west and get an adobe. If you have an interest in this type and style home this is a good book to have in your library.
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