Authentic Small Houses of the Twenties: Illustrations and Floor Plans of 254 Characteristic Homes

Authentic Small Houses of the Twenties: Illustrations and Floor Plans of 254 Characteristic Homes

Author(s): Robert T. Jones

Publisher: Dover Publications

ISBN: 0486254062

ISBN-13: 978-0486254067

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As all of history is cyclical, so is home architecture in America. Authentic Small Houses of the Twenties shows wonderful possibilities for houses that capture the “Not so Big House” ideal, a movement gaining momentum in this day of the McMansion. The product of a joint venture by the U. S. Dept. of Commerce and the American Institute of Architects after WWI, these house plans show marvelous use of interior space, detailing and economy. Although the house plans with sketches or photos of each shown are not available, as far as I know, in blueprint form for purchase, they furnish tremendous grist for the creative future home owner. A treasure!

Tiny Tiny Houses

Tiny Tiny Houses Author(s): Lester Walker

Publisher: Overlook Press

ISBN: 0879512717

ISBN-13: 978-0879512712

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Hardcover
July 1987

Tiny Houses contains the plans for forty-four houses so small that anyone can afford to have one—and so thoughtfully designed that anyone can build one—each offering the dream of solitude, a place to escape for a weekend of romance, meditation, or whimsy. Award-winning architect Lester Walker shows how, with a little energy and imagination, everyone’s dream of owning a home, or having a second home in the country, is within reach.

About the Author

Lester Walker is an award-winning architect and a partner in the architectural firm StudioWorks in Woodstock, New York.

 

Customer Comments

from New York State (US) , September 15, 1998
Highly recommended if you’re building a small, unique home
My father lent me this book after I bought some property (19 acres) and told him I was planning on building a small dwelling there–not necessarily with heat and running water. (But with ISDN or satellite connectivity, of course. ;) The collection of house profiles is inspiring! From a thatch dwelling, to a two-story built entirely by the woman living there. Famous tiny houses include Thomas Jefferson’s honeymoon cottage (which I will probably be building), Thoreau’s cabin, George Bernard Shaw’s rotating writing hut. Each house profile includes photos, sketches and floor plans (including tiny furniture).

I’m coming here to get a copy for the friend/architect who I’m going to have draw up the plans!

Making the Most of Small Spaces

Making the Most of Small Spaces

Author(s): Anoop Parikh

Publisher: Rizzoli Intl Pubns

ISBN: 0847818012

ISBN-13: 978-0847818013

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Available in Hardcover and paperback
Publication date: June 1994

Synopsis:
Designed for city dwellers and young people for whom small living spaces are the only practical answer to high real estate and rental costs, this book is filled with timely, state-of-the-art ideas for saving space as well as making the most of available apace. 90 color illustrations.

Here is much-needed information on how to use space efficiently in studio apartments and in every room of the full-size home. State-of-the-art kitchen equipmaent and storage solutions, ingenious space-saving ideas, and tips on using color, pattern, texture, and concealed and mirrored elements help make small spaces biggeron a sensible budget.

Customer Comments

from Columbus,Ohio , 11/25/97, rating=10:
Great single source book for apartment/loft living The book contains alot of doable ideas for making a small apartment or studio into real living. It gives a simple breakdown of the basic elements to utilizing whatever size space you have. There are also other books in the Making the Most of… series. They all seem well thought out.

The Cottage Book

The Cottage BookAuthor(s): Richard Sexton

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 0877015139

ISBN-13: 978-0877015130

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Richard Sexton, who himself lives in a small hillside cottage overlooking the city by the bay, has translated his passion for these quaint, rustic, and informal dwellings into a volume of captivating color images. You can live the cottage life vicariously through Sexton; his photographs have an almost three-dimensional feel that gives you the sense of being there. Picturing yourself having lunch on the deck of a houseboat shown in these pages is a breeze, for he is a master of lighting and mood.

Customer Comments

A reader from Trenton, New Jersey , 04/13/98, rating=9:
A mini-vacation between two hard covers. An informative, enjoyable, aesthetically pleasing book about the cottages and cottage styles of San Francisco. The first chapter tells the story of how San Francisco cottages developed, and then specific cottages are showcased. Many views are of the exteriors, but some include interior photos with the homeowners’ stories and quotes. Many individual cottages and styles are shown, providing variety and a feast for the eye. This book is a great get-away when you can’t actually get away, and leads to very pleasant daydreaming. –This text refers to the hardcover edition of this title.

Circle Houses

Circle Houses

Author(s): David Pearson

Publisher: Chelsea Green (October 1, 2001)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1890132861

ISBN-13: 978-1890132866

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Nature is filled with circles and animal homes are no exception. From bird nests to beaver lodges, it’s difficult for find an angle. Nomadic people continued the pattern. Round-shaped homes, echoing natural forms, have sheltered human families since the dawn of recorded time. Given this bias toward circles, it’s surprising how unusual circular houses are in industrialized society. In our disconnected world, the circle has given way to the box.

As David Pearson explains in his introduction, “Like our nomadic ancestors, many of us have a deep yearning to roam with the seasons and be close to nature and the cosmos. The traditional forms of the yurt, tipi and bender are the apogee of this experience. . . . Nomadic populations live in some of the most inhospitable and barren regions of the world and this is why they are nomads. Whether it be the deserts of the Sahara and Gobi, the steppes of Mongolia, or the polar tundras, these vast areas are either too hot and arid or too cold and windswept to be cultivated. An African grass-covered hut, a Romany gypsy ‘bender,’ an Asian yurt, or a Native American tipi are all perfect lessons in appropriate design and sustainable building. Refined over generations, they are simple yet sophisticated, beautiful and comfortable.”

Remarkable for their economy, resilience and portability, these structures have continued to exert a powerful appeal in modern times. And beyond practicality, what the circle dwellers in this book speak of most eloquently is the incomparable spiritual resonance of round homes, which “represent the universe in microcosm: the floor (Earth), the roof (sky), and the hole in the roof (the sun).”

Circle Houses is a fascinating glimpse of tradition meeting timelessness, filled with stories of 21st-century nomads and complete with basic instructions for designing and constructing your own yurt, tipi or bent-frame tent.

About the Author David Pearson is an architect and the author of several acclaimed books on natural design.

Hardcover, 95 pages

New Compact House Designs

New Compact House Designs

Author(s): Don Metz, Ben Watson (Editor)

Publisher: Storey Books

ISBN: 0882666665

ISBN-13: 978-0882666662

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27 award-winning plans for homes of 1250 square feet or less.

These plans are the winners from the second Compact House Design Competition, a juried contest receiving designs of up to 1250 square feet and with at least two bed rooms from North American architects, designers, and architecture students. Each design provides a floor plan, four elevations, a perspective, one wall section, and a site plan (though many designs have yet to actually be built). The houses vary greatly in cost, and range from classic to postmodern in style. The inadequate text provided means that one must be an able “print” interpreter in order to ferret out many of the good ideas and space-saving arrangements. Recommended for libraries with plan book browsers. The designs for winners of the first contest were presented in Compact House Book (Storey Communications, 1988).
– W.T. Johnston, formerly with Coastal Plain Regional Lib., Tifton, Ga.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Description

Houses of the future will be smaller, more energy-efficient, and better suited to their environments. And intelligent design solutions can help expand the scope and livability of a compact house, making it elegant as well as practical. In 1990, Storey Communications sponsored the Compact House Design Competition, a juried contest open to architects, designers, and architecture students. From the numerous entries that were received from all over North America, professional architects Don Metz and Peter Woerner selected the best and most innovative designs to include in “New Compact House Designs”. Although the top three designs received cash awards, all 27 of the designs in this book are winners–and each design illustrates a classic or contemporary approach to living gracefully in a small house. The basic guidelines were clear: design a single-family house with a minimum of two bedrooms whose gross floor area does not exceed 1,250 square feet. Aside from these stipulations, almost anything went, and the broad spectrum of designs included in this book reflects the geographical and stylistic diversity of the winning entries–from a classic New England farmhouse to a sophisticated postmodern design, from a New Mexican desert hacienda to a fanciful house with Elizabethan overtones. The perfect idea book for current and future homeowners, “New Compact House Designs” will also appeal to anyone interested in architectural design. Each entry included in the book features a site drawing, floor plans, elevation and section drawings, judges’ comments, and a complete description of the project. Addresses for architects and designers are also provided for readers interested in obtaining scale plans or more information on any particular house.

 

Affordable Passive Solar Homes

Cover, Affordable Passive Solar HomesAuthor(s): Richard Crowther

Publisher: American Solar Energy Society

ISBN: 0916653005

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Affordable Passive Solar Homes
Richard Crowther
Publication date: June 1984
Low-cost, compact designs.

Small Houses for the Next Century

Small Houses for the Next Century

Author(s): Duo Dickinson

Publisher: McGraw-Hill

ISBN: 0070168288

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Small Houses for the Next Century

Hardcover
2nd edition
January 1995

House sizes will shrink in the next century. Tight zoning restrictions, lack of available land, and cost constraints are just some of the factors affecting the trend to downsizing. Now, following in the success of The Small House, this vividly illustrated editon provides a road map to small house design in the twenty-first century.

Less Is More: A Practical Guide for Maximizing the Space in Your Home

Less Is More: A Practical Guide for Maximizing the Space in Your Home

Author(s): Elaine Lewis, Judith Davidsen

Publisher: Penguin Studio

ISBN: 0670842397

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Less Is More: A Practical Guide to Maximizing the Space in Your Home

Hardcover, 225 pages

he photographs in this work are beautiful, as are the spaces. The use of color, lighting, furniture arrangement, mirrors, and built-ins are a few of the creative ways interior decorator Lewis offers to give the illusion of more space. While she suggests that space problems are not only caused by tiny rooms, her choice not to include dimensions is a serious flaw. Also lacking are ideas for those most space-concious areas: basements and attics. And the ideas are largely focused on apartment living. Still, excellent specific tips can be found?such as refacing cabinets rather than remodeling a kitchen?and, though they are not necessarily “on the cheap” ideas, many of the rooms can be redone with strict budgets in mind. A handy list of manufacturers and retailers nationwide is provided. A good choice for general decorating collections.?Corinne Nelson, “Library Journal”

Product Description

Organized by room, with at least ten examples for each type of room, a celebrated designer offers a guide to finding more space in any house or apartment, including fool-the-eye tips, space planning tricks, and ingenious arrangements.

Cottage Water Systems: An Out-of-the-City Guide to Pumps, Plumbing, Water Purification, and Privies

Cottage Water Systems: An Out-of-the-City Guide to Pumps, Plumbing, Water Purification, and PriviesAuthor(s): Max Burns

Publisher: Cottage Life Books; Revised edition (January 1, 1999)

Paperback: 152 pages

ISBN: 096969220X

ISBN-13: 978-0969692201

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If you have a pump, a well, a septic system, or an outhouse …

If you winterize your water system or use it year round …
Or if you simply care about the quality of the water your drink,
Cottage Water Systems will save you time, money, and headaches

Cottage Water Systems is written specifically with cottages — and cottage problems — in mind. It explains in a clear, easy-to-understand style how each component of the water system works, with dozens of tips on installation and repair, as well as troubleshooting guides to help you diagnose what’s wrong with your system. Each chapter is accompanied by explanatory diagrams and illustrations.

Cottage Water Systems includes:

  • how to choose the pump that’s right for your property
  • a guide to water quality and types of water purifiers
  • foolproof methods for priming your pump
  • the ins and outs of composting toilets and other alternatives
  • how to extend the life of your septic system
  • step-by-step instructions for closing a seasonal water system in the fall and opening it in the spring
  • how to build a first-class outhouse
  • ways to get water in winter
  • how to keep the cottage’s environmental impact low
  • North American sources for water-system components

About the Author

Max Burns is a regular contributor to Cottage Life magazine, and how won several National Magazine Awards for his work. He specializes in how-to journalism, and the subjects he writes about are as varied as his interests — everything from docks to butter tarts. He is currently building a passive solar home within shouting distance of his cottage in northern-Ontario. Cottage Water Systems is his second book.