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Small Houses for the Next Century,9780070168282

Small Houses for the Next Century

Edition: 2nd
Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 1/1/1995
Publisher(s): McGraw-Hill
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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 living in it effortless.
One-, two-, three-, and four or more bedroom single-family residences are explored in every imaginable context, including urban infill sites, rural developments, poorly sited lots, standard subdivisions, coastal sites, second homes, home offices, subsidized housing, luxury housing, owner-built housing, and design/build housing.

Author Biography

Duo Dickinson has taught at Yale University and Roger Williams College.

Table of Contents

The Concept of "Fit"p. 1
The Small House Expandedp. 3
One-Bedroom Housesp. 13
Simply Extraordinary/Extraordinarily Simplep. 14
Forward Retreatp. 18
Tree Housep. 24
High (and Low) Artp. 30
Artfully Donep. 38
Axis and Cross Axisp. 44
Basilical Shedp. 48
Two-Bedroom Housesp. 53
"Do Not Use Residential-Style Elements"p. 54
Invisible Orderp. 60
Contained Quartetp. 66
"Sacred Centerline"p. 72
Gridded Cubep. 78
Gridded Wedgep. 84
A Simple Triumphp. 92
Finish with a Bangp. 98
Three-Bedroom Housesp. 105
Grounded Aspirationp. 106
A Sweet Sunlit Boxp. 112
Highest and Best Usep. 118
Power and Poignancy on a Budgetp. 126
"Make No Small Plans"p. 132
Interweaving Intentionsp. 138
Temple to a Great Viewp. 144
Setting Sailp. 152
Choreographed Coincidencep. 158
The First Housep. 164
Simply Richp. 172
"The Vertical Dimension"p. 178
Garden Cascadep. 186
Houses with Four or More Bedroomsp. 193
Extruded Genericp. 194
Grounded Ascensionp. 200
A Box Filled with Delightsp. 206
In Viewp. 212
Modest Intentions, Vigorously Expressedp. 218
Multiple Personalities with a Single Focusp. 226
Appendixesp. 235
The Concept of "Perpetual Space"p. 237
Directory of Architectsp. 239
Indexp. 241
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