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The New American Dream: Living Well in Small Spaces
     

The New American Dream: Living Well in Small Spaces

by James Gauer, Catherine Tighe (Illustrator)
 
Simplicity, modesty, and skillful design are the principles that have guided James Gauer both in his architecture practice and in the selection of the seventeen outstanding projects featured in this unique compilation of small homes by architects from around the country. A range of housing types and settings -- from a diminutive New York City apartment to a farmhouse

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Simplicity, modesty, and skillful design are the principles that have guided James Gauer both in his architecture practice and in the selection of the seventeen outstanding projects featured in this unique compilation of small homes by architects from around the country. A range of housing types and settings -- from a diminutive New York City apartment to a farmhouse in Pennsylvania, a cottage in Santa Monica, and a single-family home in Nashville -- illustrates a variety of architectural styles and design solutions that have transformed these small spaces into comfortable, stylish, and cost- and energy-efficient residences.

More than just a how-to style guide, The New American Dream traces the history of home building in America and offers readers an understanding of how house sizes and costs have soared -- and why they shouldn't. In clear prose, Gauer lays out the virtues of living in small, skillfully designed dwellings, with chapters that address proportion, scale, light, and modesty, among other topics.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This is more than a basic how-to book on designing for small living spaces. Gauer, a practicing designer, explains how basic design principles can be used to create a comfortable home. Using examples of contemporary architect-design dwellings, including his own, he describes the principles, such as space and lighting, and shows how specific details were used to achieve a more spacious effect. Plans are included for each of these principles. Detached homes, apartments, and row houses are depicted in color photographs showing a modern, uncluttered style. Gauer has designed this book for the lay reader and succeeds in showing how homes under 2000 square feet can be attractive living spaces. Unfortunately, the lack of captions for the photographs and the modern design style might discourage novices from learning the concepts. Recommended for large interior design collections. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580931472
Publisher:
The Monacelli Press
Publication date:
11/18/2004
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 10.35(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

James Gauer practices architecture in New York City, where small living spaces are inevitable. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Architectural Record, House Beautiful, House & Garden, Interior Design, and elsewhere.

Photographer Catherine Tighe's work has appeared in magazines such as Architectural Record, Dwell, Metropolitan Home, and Interior Design. Her recent books include House, Architecture Now, New American Cottage, New American Townhouse, and Loft.

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