Small Houses for the Next Century

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9780070168282: Small Houses for the Next Century

House sizes will shrink in the 21st century. Tight zoning restrictions, lack of available land and cost constraints are some of the factors affecting the trend towards downsizing. This text provides a road map to design of the small house in the 21st century, including in-depth analysis of award-winning projects in smaller-scale housing (areas of 1500 to 3500 square feet), considering history, site selection, interviews with architect/client, construction and budgets; statistical analysis of space allocation for major living areas, such as living rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens; future trends in prefabrication, "smart" design and the demands of changing demographic forces; and owner and architect perspectives on why projects succeed or fail, with a number of case examples. All plans are drawn to the same scale.

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Dickinson is an architect who believes that the small, free-standing house is clearly preferable to condominiums ("nouvelle tenements") in an era of reduced spatial need and growing costs. Exterior and interior photographs, drawings, floor plans, and a statement by the architect accompany the author's commentary for each of 40 houses designed by 35 architects. House sizes range from 570 to 3100 square feet, and there is a great variety in style and environment. A 19-page section about the author's own small residence offers an in-depth look at one design. Although this will be of interest to the potential homeowner, Dickinson's prose style and professional approach make the book most suitable for architects. Douglas Birdsall, North Dakota State Univ. Lib., Fargo
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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