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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (March 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847832031
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847832033
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Tiny Houses measures less than 7 inches square but looks like it will be the new big thing in the carbon footprint conversation." ~Architect Magazine

"Downsizing can be a good thing..." ~Metropolitan Home

"The houses on display in this handsome volume, all beautifully and vividly photographed, point to more sustainable, less expensive ways to live." ~Preservation Magazine

"In her adorably scaled-down coffee-table book, Tiny Houses, Mimi Zeiger argues that living small isn't just ecologically sound but aesthetically pleasing." ~Time Out New York

"...an entertaining exploration into the whimsical designs of small dwellings from around the globe." ~Archinect.com

“With large-scale living now passé, journalist Mimi Zeiger examines the new “micro-green” housing trend in this collection of prefab and modular homes.” ~Time




About the Author

Mimi Zeiger is the author of Tiny Houses. She founded loud paper, an architecture zine and now blog, in 1997. A Brooklyn-based freelancer, Zeiger writes on art, architecture, and design for a variety of publications including The New York Times, Dwell, Azure, and Architect, where she is a contributing editor. She holds a Masters of Architecture degree from Southern California Institute (SCI-Arc) and a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and has taught at California College of the Arts and at SCI- Arc.

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82 of 88 people found the following review helpful By D. Osborne on March 27, 2009
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For some reason I assumed the trim size of this book would be bigger, like a coffee table book. It's so small that most of the photographs in the book are smaller than they would be if they were printed in a magazine. It struck me as ill-conceived, and it's a shame because the content is interesting and many of the tiny houses depicted are very inspirational, from what I can make out from the tiny pictures.
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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Carol Stee on May 29, 2009
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This book features thirty-three small houses from 75 to 1,147 square feet (7 to 107 square meters) from all over the world, an outdoor storage space for camping, and two portable interiors. The houses range from architect designed to prefabricated to mobile homes to trailers; and they have different levels of comfort, some have both a kitchen and a bath, some have one or the other, and some have neither.

It's interesting to see thirty-three different ways people tackle the challenge of living in a small space, and in that way this book is enjoyable, but trying to make sense of the floor plan drawings is difficult. They are tiny and sometimes indecipherable; often I need a magnifying glass to see clearly and even then I can't tell where the windows, doors, stairs, bath, and kitchen are supposed to be. Sometimes the drawings don't show every floor so it's hard to get an overall picture of the design. Also, few dimensions are given other than the square feet/meters.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Rockguy30 on June 2, 2010
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Great book, even though, size-wise (7 by 7 inches) its a little on the small side, but its LOADED with great/vivid photos!

Ranks right up there with my other short list of Favorites....

-Sheds/Rustic Retreats- David and Jeanie Stiles
-Lloyd Kahn's- "Homework"
-The Handmade House- Shapiro(?)
-Humble Homes, Simple Shacks, Cozy Cottages- by Derek Diedricksen
-Radical Simplicity by Dan Price
-The Whole Earth Catalog(s)
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By David Gustavson on February 11, 2010
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If you're a fan of tiny houses, but grow weary of seeing the same old, boring-ass, cookie-cutter designs dreamed up by tasteless hippies... this is the book for you. It's brilliant. It shows the perfect matchings between form and functionality. It basically shows you via well taken photographs that a person can have a tiny, eco-friendly, functional home; yet still retain an element of personal style and chic form. In just about any sort of atmosphere, at that; whether it be urban/city, country or what have you. A definitely reccomended read/flip through.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By northwestpeach on June 27, 2013
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I am interested in Tiny Houses and had read a good review for this one, which is why I bought it. However, it shows tiny houses from all around the world, and so many of them were of very strange, even ugly, design that I probably won't refer to it again. Only a couple houses in the whole book were the craftsman or other cute style that I envisioned. I found a magazine about Tiny Houses at Lowes, and it was exactly what I was looking for.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By john mcmonnies on May 4, 2010
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the booklet is a nice entree into the small dwelling environment but offers little in detail.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By L. Duff on March 2, 2012
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This is such a pretty little book. Unfortunately it seems to be printed in 6 or 8pt type making it virtually unreadable if you are over 50 even with good glasses. The floor plans for each tiny house are the size of my thumbprint; indeed teency. I found that my interest in tiny houses included clear readable floor plans and since I couldn't get a good look at most of them this book, pretty tho' it is, was a huge disappointment.
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