Synopses & Reviews
Discover the huge possibilities to be found in a small house! Whether you're building from scratch or retrofitting an existing structure, these 50 innovative floor plans will show you how to make the most of houses measuring 1400 square feet or less. Gerald Rowan focuses on efficient layouts and creative ways to use every inch of your space, including closets, decks, porches, bathrooms, attics, and basements. Artist renderings bring each house's exterior to life, and detailed interior drawings illustrate special space-saving features. Compact Houses includes one- and two-floor designs and plans with one to three bedrooms.
"Compact Houses is packed full of designs for creative-yet-comfortable, efficient-yet-indulgent houses of 1400 square feet or less.
"Whether building a new home or renovating an existing one, homeowners looking to downsize will find plenty of ideas here."
DREAM BIG, BUILD SMALL
Imagine a home that contains everything you need in no more than 1400 square feet.
About the Author
Gerald Rowan is the author of Compact Cabins. Retired from full-time teaching, he now teaches architectural history part-time at various schools in Pennsylvania, including Lehigh University and Haverford College. He has owned and renovated more than 60 small houses and cabins.
Table of Contents
Introduction - Why Live Small?
One - Plans: 50 Designs for Compact Houses
Two - Design: Key Factors for Small Spaces
Three - Energy: Efficiency and Sustainability
Four - Retrofits: Finding and Renovating a Compact House
Index - Including an Alphabetical Listing of Plans