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Compact Houses: Architecture for the Environment Paperback – September 20, 2005
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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.
As other reviewers have mentioned, the floor plans and elevations are miniscule, poorly drawn, and not labelled. In several instances they are flat out wrong, not representative of the house being discussed. (Okay the WeeHouse variation pictured in both books does not have a bathroom.)
Most of the photos are exterior shots with a lot of duplicate views. Many interiors were photographed without furniture. There is no discussion of space-saving features--not that I was looking for an in-depth treatise but a few mentions would have been appropriate for a house of less than 1200 sq ft. The houses selected are not just minimalist, they are Pritzker-level minimalist.
There is a lot of focus on light, I'll grant you that.
In short, this is a hasty compilation for a coffee table book. Otherwise, how do you explain the Australian houseboat with two full-size beds in the cabins but not a single other place to sit down aside from the captain's swivel chair.
NOTE: There is some kind of glitch with the page link. My review is for "Compact Houses" by Cristina del Valle.
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.
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Very few books on modern compact homes. Good read and great pictures. Worthy of adding to collection.Published 13 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 17 months ago by Coco the Koi
Love it! Great photos and layouts. Just wish it included construction cost!Published 23 months ago by Harold Swift
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 Aka-oly
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