- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Harper Design; 1st US Edition 1st Printing edition (February 18, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060513594
- ISBN-13: 978-0060513597
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,416,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mini House Hardcover – February 18, 2003
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Alejandro Bahamón is an architect, writer, and editor. He is the author of many design and architecture books including Mini House, Small Apartments, and Small Lofts.
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Inconsistently though, some houses are only shown in exterior photos and one longs to see what's inside, such as the gorgeously crafted NSW Tree House. A number of the house interiors are empty or nearly so, and any house looks spacious when it's completely unfurnished! The fortress-like Ithaca House in New York State gets 8 pages of coverage: the somber exterior is shot from every conceivable angle, but only the only interior room shown is the kitchen. The starkly simple but deceptively ingenious House In Zachary stars on the cover and gets 10 pages inside. 12 photos are devoted to its exterior, but only two to the interior, and those are more or less just vignettes.
Bottom line, people need to LIVE in these small houses and we need to see what the interiors look like. A small house is only successful if the interior works as a home. This book left me impressed but feeling very unsatisfied. Larger, better-labeled floor plans would have been welcome as well.
Oh, and the houses are not particularly "mini." Perhaps by today's standards they are small-ish, but that is only because the average new American house is obese.