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The big book of small house designs : 75 award-winning plans for houses 1,250 square feet or less
Metz, Don.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers : Distributed by Workman Publishing Company, [2004]

Physical Description:
362 pages : illustrations ; 21 x 22 cm
Format :


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NA7126 .M47 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
NA7126 .M47 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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75 unique designs for attractive, efficient, environmentally friendly homes.

Now available in paperback, this collection of 75 plans for small homes offers more than 500 usable blueprints and other illustrations for a variety of living spaces suitable for every environment and style, from a New England farmhouse to a sophisticated townhouse in the city to a Santa Fe ranch.

The designs include site drawings, floor plans, elevation drawings, section drawings, perspective drawings, and exploded views. A brief introduction to each home describes its setting, the philosophy behind the design and its intended use, materials used, recommended landscaping, and more. Many of the homes come with money-saving and environmentally sound features such as solar panels and water heaters, wood stoves, ceiling fans, airlock entries, wind power alternatives, and natural gas heaters.

Author Notes

Editor and professional architect Don Metz is a partner in the architectural firm of Metz and Thornton. He started his career in the energy-efficient house design business in 1972 with his award-winning Winston House. He was the consultant for the book The Underground House Book by fellow Storey author Stu Campbell. Don also wrote Superhouse and edited Storey's New Compact House Designs, and edited The Compact House Book. Metz has also written two novels, Catamount Bridge and King of the Mountain. He lives with his wife in Lyme, New Hampshire. Owner of the architectural firm BarnOwl Designs, Catherine Tredway is an award-winning designer who has been helping clients create their dream cottages and leisure-time homes for 15 years. She teaches courses in landscape design and architectural preservation. Kenneth R. Tremblay, Jr. is a professor at Colorado State University. He has also written the book, Social Aspects of Housing and Beyond the American Housing Dream. He lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Table of Contents

Modern Scottish Manor Housep. 1
Solar-Efficient Saltboxp. 6
Friendly Neighborhood Homep. 11
Cottage in the Woodsp. 16
Private Lakeside Retreatp. 21
Evergreen Hide-Awayp. 26
Solar Ranchp. 30
Abstract Farmhousep. 35
Rustic Retreatp. 40
Sunshine Homep. 45
Metaphoric Arkp. 50
Simple, Adaptable Two Storyp. 55
All-Weather Rusticp. 60
West Coast Wood Framep. 65
Modified A-Framep. 70
Sheep Farm Ranchp. 75
Subtropical Solar Homep. 78
European Splendorp. 81
Geometric Contemporaryp. 86
Garden Paradisep. 90
Sustainable Livingp. 93
Spacious, Compact Ranchp. 97
Versatile Split Levelp. 101
Family-Oriented Split Levelp. 105
Solar, Modular Prefabp. 109
Underground Earth Homep. 112
Cozy Vermont Cabinp. 116
Elegant Urban Fortressp. 120
Zen Templep. 123
Meditative Lakeside Retreatp. 126
Neighborhood Privacyp. 129
Dramatic Coastal Lookoutp. 132
Classical Florida Housep. 137
Cozy Woodland Homep. 143
"Prairie One"p. 147
Flexible Family Livingp. 152
Modified Colonial Saltboxp. 157
Nature Lover's Housep. 163
Underground Edenp. 169
Vermont Retreatp. 174
Storybook Cottagep. 177
A Taste of the Far Eastp. 182
"Bridge House"p. 187
Michigan Lake Housep. 194
Ocean Viewsp. 197
Formal Ocean-Side Homep. 203
Midwest Modularp. 208
The Modified Dog-Trotp. 213
Elegant Haciendap. 217
Solar Staircase Housep. 221
Elegant Postmodernp. 224
Earth and Wood Essentialp. 229
Ever-Efficient Homep. 236
"Charleston House"p. 242
Wisconsin Farm Housep. 246
Adobep. 252
Sophisticated Steel Framep. 257
Woodsy Home/Studiop. 262
Energy Efficient (on a South-Sloping Site)p. 267
Big Little Housep. 273
Desert Modulep. 279
Basic Ranchp. 285
Live-in Sculpturep. 290
Vertical Spacep. 296
Victorian Barnp. 303
Classic Rural Stylep. 309
Clean and Simple Livingp. 316
Classic Ranchp. 321
More Than a Cabinp. 326
Urban Geometryp. 333
Pretty and Practicalp. 338
Modern Tudorp. 343
Ecology Housep. 348
Key West Cottagep. 355
Desert Oasisp. 358
Partial List of Contactsp. 361