The Simple Home: The Luxury of Enough

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For everyone who craves a simpler lifestyle, not only in how they live but also where they live, The Simple Home features 21 houses and presents six different approaches to creating a home that realizes its full potential both simply and elegantly.
We are living in complex times, in a commodified, virtual, and overstimulated culture. One response to high levels of complexity and overstimulation is to look for yet another gadget or closet organizer to simplify our lives. But the ...

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Overview

For everyone who craves a simpler lifestyle, not only in how they live but also where they live, The Simple Home features 21 houses and presents six different approaches to creating a home that realizes its full potential both simply and elegantly.
We are living in complex times, in a commodified, virtual, and overstimulated culture. One response to high levels of complexity and overstimulation is to look for yet another gadget or closet organizer to simplify our lives. But the answer lies somewhere else. The road to a simpler more satisfying life begins with a clear-eyed examination of the choices we are making for our time—and that includes choices about where we want to live.
The Simple Home presents six paths to simplicity, each illustrated by human-scaled, unadorned homes with straightforward floor plans and forms. These are open, light-filled homes (with rooms or spaces that are often multipurpose) that express their beauty in their utility and practicality. Simple homes are low maintenance and often green, designed for homeowners who wish to embody a different set of values in their housing choices than the run-of-the-mill starter castles littering the landscape.
The 6 Paths to Simplicity:
1. Simple is Enough
2. Simple is Thrifty
3. Simple is Flexible
4. Simple is Timeless
5. Simple is Sustainable
6. Simple is Refined

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So many Americans are paying huge amounts to live in houses. But is that really a benefit to them as they look at their own lives and resources, or is it a burden to buy a large elaborate house? This book isn't saying, "Don't build a big house." It's about beginning that conversation with yourself about what's good enough for you. "—Denver Post"
Oversized rooms, clutter and complexity are rejected in favor of simplicity and sustainability in the 21 homes examined through text and photos. From San Francisco to upstate New York, these homeowners have chosen eco-friendly, sustainable designs and turned away from mindless acquisition in a quest for a less frenetic lifestyle. —"New York Newsday"
If you want to live a greener life, live a simpler life - by spending and consuming less, especially when it comes to your home. "The Simple Home: The Luxury of Enough," by architect Sarah Nettleton, showcases houses that embrace this ideology - including an 1,800-square-foot Brooklyn row house where minimalism triumphs over extraneous details, a Seattle farmhouse where materials and services were purchased locally, and a solar house in Taos. Nettleton offers strategies for building green, including using recycled, reclaimed and eco-friendly materials, and shows how good design can result in smart, earth-friendly living. —"New York Post
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One thing we all learned from Katrina: We can live with less. So Sarah Nettleton is preaching to the choir when she writes about "The Simple Home." We know that simplicity sells in today's fast-paced environment, that simple homes are more flexible, thriftier, more timeless, more sustainable. Yes, Sarah, simple is enough.Ultimately, the authorpoints out, it's not the items we place in our homes that bring us joy, but the ambiance we create there. Serenity lies not in architectural design or decorative style, but in the peace we feel when our surroundings suit us. And that's a simple but profound lesson indeed. —"Times-Picayune"
WHAT is simplicity in a home, and how can we achieve it? It's more spiritual than specific, these authors say. And they make some good points, in prose and pictures.The simple house is not explained by size, they write. A simple house can be big or small. It is not defined by architectural style: A simple house can be traditional or modern. And it is not determined by the amount or vintage of its furniture.Bottom line, forget the latest trends. You know the architectural style you love. You know what you and your family's needs are. So don't be fooled into building or buying something with too much of what you don't need, and too little of what you do. —"The Los Angeles Times"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561588312
  • Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/27/2007
  • Series: American Institute Architects Series
  • Pages: 249
  • Product dimensions: 9.56 (w) x 11.08 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Nettleton is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at the University of York.

O'Rourke is a highly regarded photographer.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     2
In Search of the Simple Home     4
Simple Is Enough     22
Down to the Bones     30
Simple in the City     40
Little White House on the Prairie     48
Simple Is Flexible     58
The Stucco-Gabled House     64
A Simple Barn     72
Simple Addition     80
Simple Is Thrifty     88
Brooklyn House     94
Three Gables Are Just Enough     102
A Farmhouse in the City     110
Simple in Spirit     118
Simple Is Timeless     126
Creole Simple     132
Timeless Modern     142
The Courtyard House     152
Gulf Coast Simple     160
Simple Is Sustainable     170
North Shore Cabin     178
A Sonoma Farmhouse     184
By a Factor of 10     194
Simple Is Resolved Complexity     202
The L-Shaped Cottage     210
A Simple Compound     218
The Creekside House     226
Simple Times Seven     236
Afterword     246
Architects and Designers     248
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