Compact Houses: 50 Creative Floor Plans for Well-Designed Small Homesby Gerald Rowan
Discover the huge possibilities of a small house! Whether you’re building from scratch or retrofitting an existing structure, these 50 innovative floor plans will show you how to make the most of houses measuring 1,400 square feet or less. Gerald Rowan presents creative and efficient layouts that use every inch of space, with tips on fully maximizing closets,
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Discover the huge possibilities of a small house! Whether you’re building from scratch or retrofitting an existing structure, these 50 innovative floor plans will show you how to make the most of houses measuring 1,400 square feet or less. Gerald Rowan presents creative and efficient layouts that use every inch of space, with tips on fully maximizing closets, porches, bathrooms, attics, and basements. From reorganizing a small storage area to building a brand-new home, you’ll find a detailed design to fit your family’s needs.
Rowan (Compact Cabins: Simple Living in 1000 Square Feet or Less) has renovated more than 60 small dwellings. Here, he shares his experience and offers advice for homeowners interested in constructing or remodeling small houses. There are 50 floor plans shown for buildings ranging from 800 to 1400 square feet, with another six floor plans that showcase energy-efficient and sustainable homes. In addition, Rowan presents before and after floor plans for residences that have been renovated. He is quick to point out that readers will need expert assistance from architects or contractors in order to see the results of these designs. Rowan also supplies a wealth of information on design for kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, dining rooms, basements, storage needs, and landscaping, once again highlighting energy-efficiency and sustainability. VERDICT Whether building a new home or renovating an existing one, homeowners looking to downsize will find plenty of ideas here.
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Gerald Rowan is the author of Compact Cabins. Retired from full-time teaching, he now teaches architectural history part-time at various schools in Pennsylvania, including Lehigh University and Haverford College. He has owned and renovated more than 60 small houses and cabins.
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My mother is a professional civil engineer and amateur architect. She was IN LOVE with this book. I gave it to her for Christmas, and she couldn't put it down. My aunt is designing her custom built home that she will live in after retirement. She wants to downsize, but still have a functional house. SHe found this book very helpful. It has already caused her to change some of her plans with her builder. BOth the sample floor plans and the discussions about how to approach designing each space (kitchen, bathroom, etc) were very helpful. It also gives some great ideas about how to incorporate "green" concepts in a very functional way. Home run!
Tiny homes fascinate me. I see those articles on Yahoo about people living in 100 sq ft or something like that and I’m hooked. I have to read it and look at the pictures of how they fit their whole lives into a space smaller than my bedroom. I don’t live in a tiny house. I live in a big old rambling Victorian and wouldn’t give it up for the world but the idea of these tiny houses is just fascinating. If I did want a compact house for some reason, I would start with this book. Compact Homes is a great introduction to these homes. Some the houses in this book are not that tiny. Many are several hundred feet, up to 1400 but they are still small by the standards of a lot of us and they are meant to be small and efficient. I really enjoy seeing how smart the utilization of space is. I love seeing all the ways the authors find to create storage spaces in homes. This book has quite a few floorplans, about 50 I think. I get a kick out of looking these over. But this book goes far beyond just floorplans. There are chapters on each room in the house and how to get maximum use out of a few feet. It brings Japanese design into a lot of their idea because the Japanese use their floor spaced so efficiently. It talks about space saving appliances and even talks about the sink-toilet combo which grosses me out just from the name of it. There is a discussion of Usonion design¸ a word I had never heard before. It’s really interesting and explains how the neighborhoods a lot of Americans grew up in came about. There are plenty of suggestions on how to get the proper furniture for such small spaces and how to make the furniture multi-functional. There are plenty of illustrations of their ideas. Some are quite remarkable. Again, this is all just fascinating to me because it looks like someone living in miniature. There are good sections on trying to be sustainable and energy-efficient. Heating and cooling methods are discussed and how to customize a small home for yourself or renovate an already built small home to make it more efficient and comfortable. I really enjoyed going through this book. I’ll never be able to live this way. My husband and my son are 6’4” and not super-skinny. (They are not fat, just normal size for 6’4” guys.) They would feel like giants in the houses they show. We have kids and grandkids and family and friends that come regularly and we throw pretty big parties so we can never live this way and I’m quite claustrophobic so there’s that also. It still is fascinating and intriguing for me to imagine what life in a compact house is like. This book gives a great feel for it. Provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Im very interested in the tiny house movement so this book caught my interest. The sample looked promising so i purchased it. It still hasnt downladed and im inable to find a way to get it to. I hope it will eventually, but im afraid ive been ripped off. How are you going to deal with this, barnes and noble?