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The American home is getting squeezed from all sides. Tight zoning restrictions, lack of available land, and cost constraints are just some of the forces driving this inevitable trend to downsizing. The forward-looking architect, planner, developer, contractor, or housing consumer needs to know everything there is to know about the unique challenges of small house design in the 21st century ... beginning now! This innovative book provides you with the comprehensive, practical, and thoroughly detailed guide you need to understand and master those challenges. Following in the success of The Small House, this strikingly illustrated sequel is packed with ideas - ideas that will appeal both to the house-buying public and to the professionals in architecture and real estate who serve it. In Small Houses for the Next Century you will find in-depth analysis of award-winning as well as never-before-published projects ... including project histories, client requirements, site selections, budgeting concerns, construction approaches, and technical innovations; statistical analysis of residential space allocation - living space, circulation, bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchens; future trends in prefabrication, environmentally sensitive design, and the response to changing demographics; and sometimes surprising perspectives from architects and owners as to why projects succeed ... or fail - with a wealth of specific case examples. Professionals in the field should know that all plans included in this book are drawn to the same scale. Beautiful illustrations abound, and are used to reinforce specific concepts and to provide a comprehensive analysis of the changing features of small house design. Author Duo Dickinson's formulaic and numeric technique recognizes the perceptual impact of designed space - space that is felt and experienced rather than calculated two-dimensionally. This idea of perceived space is enhanced by the concept of a house's fit - that quality that makes liv
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780070168282
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/13/1995
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 233
  • Product dimensions: 8.91 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Table of Contents

The Concept of "Fit" 1
The Small House Expanded 3
One-Bedroom Houses 13
Simply Extraordinary/Extraordinarily Simple 14
Forward Retreat 18
Tree House 24
High (and Low) Art 30
Artfully Done 38
Axis and Cross Axis 44
Basilical Shed 48
Two-Bedroom Houses 53
"Do Not Use Residential-Style Elements" 54
Invisible Order 60
Contained Quartet 66
"Sacred Centerline" 72
Gridded Cube 78
Gridded Wedge 84
A Simple Triumph 92
Finish with a Bang 98
Three-Bedroom Houses 105
Grounded Aspiration 106
A Sweet Sunlit Box 112
Highest and Best Use 118
Power and Poignancy on a Budget 126
"Make No Small Plans" 132
Interweaving Intentions 138
Temple to a Great View 144
Setting Sail 152
Choreographed Coincidence 158
The First House 164
Simply Rich 172
"The Vertical Dimension" 178
Garden Cascade 186
Houses with Four or More Bedrooms 193
Extruded Generic 194
Grounded Ascension 200
A Box Filled with Delights 206
In View 212
Modest Intentions, Vigorously Expressed 218
Multiple Personalities with a Single Focus 226
Appendixes 235
The Concept of "Perpetual Space" 237
Directory of Architects 239
Index 241
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