Tiny Houses

Tiny Houses With McMansions increasingly giving way to tiny houses the desire to downsize and be ecologically and economically prudent is a concept many are beginning to embrace Focusing on dwelling spaces all u

  • Title: Tiny Houses
  • Author: Mimi Zeiger
  • ISBN: 9780847832033
  • Page: 225
  • Format: Hardcover
  • With McMansions increasingly giving way to tiny houses, the desire to downsize and be ecologically and economically prudent is a concept many are beginning to embrace Focusing on dwelling spaces all under 1,000 square feet, TINY HOUSES Rizzoli, April 2009 by Mimi Zeiger aims to challenge readers to take a look at their own homes and consider how much space theyWith McMansions increasingly giving way to tiny houses, the desire to downsize and be ecologically and economically prudent is a concept many are beginning to embrace Focusing on dwelling spaces all under 1,000 square feet, TINY HOUSES Rizzoli, April 2009 by Mimi Zeiger aims to challenge readers to take a look at their own homes and consider how much space they actively use Ranging from tree houses to floating houses, TINY HOUSES features an international collection of over thirty modular and prefab homes, each one embodying microgreen living , defined as the creation of tiny homes where people challenge themselves to live greener lives By using a thoughtful application of green living principles, renewable resources for construction, and clever ingenuity, these homes exemplify sustainable living at its best.

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    1. I have long been fascinated by tiny living spaces - ships quarters, train cars, and little houses. My wildest dreams are realized with the trend of "tiny houses," lighter on the environment with their small footprints, more beautiful than conventional houses because the owners are spending on design, not a two or three car garage. Can you imagine how my heart swelled when my adorable wife checked this book out from the library and put it into my hands? All she said was, "I thought you might like [...]

    2. Both satisfying and irritating. Satisfying because the trend (if there is one) toward smaller and more sustainable is a good thing (although I don't believe for a minute that sustainability is happening in any major way in the U.S.), and because smallness is cuteness. Irritating because affordability is never mentioned here (how much does each project cost per square foot? - smaller doesn't automatically mean cheaper), because some of these seem only architects' vanity projects, some of them see [...]

    3. jared picked this up for me at the library because he knows that i am obsessed with tiny houses. if i was still single, i would totally buy one of those tiny little victorians that people set up in, like, their uncle's driveway or whatever. but i can't do that as long as i live with jared because he likes to pile enormous stacks of books, papers, dishes, clothing, shoes, curtains, tools, etc on every available surface. i couldn't live with the clutter in a smaller spaceis book is mostly just pho [...]

    4. Where to start on this review? It is a space (although small) so ripe for comment:1) Why on Earth did I read this book? I saw it while browsing at the library website and thought the concept of designing a home to be space efficient would be interesting and educational. The weird use of space in homes bugs me (I want more of this and less of that), so I was interested to see what was in this book.2) The pictures: were frequently lovely and sometimes reflected the space well but other times left [...]

    5. I'm into the smaller/tiny house trend, and this book has some lovely eye candy (designed by architects, to show other architects how cool they are), but half of the houses I consider non-livable. Sorry, but a house in which "cooking and bathing" are to be done outside doesn't cut it. Huge houses have gotten away from the idea of shelter. But doing the same with small houses doesn't help the cause. An indoor toilet, shower and cooking are pretty much non-negotiable basics in the US for most of us [...]

    6. Though true to its name, Tiny Houses read (and looked) more like a minimalist architect's wet dream than a book about the DIY, low-impact ethos of the tiny house movement. While the introduction to the book calls out the “microgreen side of sustainable architecture”—and indeed many of the houses featured in the book are prefabricated and mobile, treading lightly on the environment—few of the structures are attainable for less than the cost of a standard house. The prefab, off-grid Arado [...]

    7. In comparison to Zeiger's other two books on tiny houses - Micro Green: Tiny Houses in Nature and Tiny Houses in the City - I'd give this one third place; the modern, often sterile feeling, designs seemed to value aesthetics over functionality which, in my opinion, doesn't support the heart of a tiny house's purpose. Plus the cost to build the designs featured in Tiny Houses had to be huge. So, again, not in line with my ideas for tiny living.2 stars

    8. I enjoyed this book, but I have to agree with some of the other commentators who complained that some of the houses weren't really livable due to not having basic stuff like kitchens and bathrooms. For me, the fascinating thing about tiny houses is seeing how they can manage to fit all stuff you need for a home - living, sleeping, dining/cooking areas, and bathroom facilities into such a small area. It's pretty easy to make a tiny house that doesn't have a kitchen or bathroom. For me, a one-room [...]

    9. What a terrific little book about tiny houses. Such a vast array of architectural styles are represented from intentionally small houses from around the world. A short discussion about the new trend to make small houses on purpose instead of just ever expanding our house size. The three R's reduce, reuse, recycle does start with reduce after all.Some construction details or reasons for construction decisions made are included for each house. A real emphasis on celebrating beautiful and functiona [...]

    10. This was a fun "picture book," almost like a miniature coffee table book. The book consists of photos of environmentally friendly tiny houses. These small wonders don't leave much of a carbon footprint on the earth. My personal favorite was the one-bedroom (really a sleeping loft) Weebee House. It is sooo cute. I can picture it on a nice piece of seacoast property. Well, I can dream, can't I?

    11. Almost coffee table like, however don't be deceived by all the pictures. I found myself pouring over this book multiple times, not able to return it to the library. Some of the architecture is just incredible, and other times, a bit weird. My favorites tended to be the houses that incorporated a lot of nature into the structure. I was proud to find two of the houses I liked the most (including the cover shot) were buildings located in my home state of Washington! Definitely worth checking out.

    12. I'm fascinated by TINY houses, and love that this book was truly about tiny houses -- a few books on small homes I've come across has included homes in the high 2000 square footage!!! I love the story blurbs for each house, and that the author found such unique homes to spotlight, but I wish there was more info, and that the layout of the homes were made more clear.

    13. This book profiles a selection of tiny (and not so tiny) houses with beautiful detailed photography to show highlights.Thisis an interesting book, but my beef is that they are not all tiny houses. Some certainly are, but others are either not tiny (1200 sf, really?), or they are more appropriately called vacation cabins.

    14. I read this quickly in Powell's Books in Portland last night while waiting for a relative to finish shopping. I'm planning to order it and read it again, more slowly, because it's fascinating. It's hard, but possible, to imagine that someday, all homes may look like this. And that we could be better off because of it.

    15. They have an interesting definition of "house" as some of these are simply a study or art studio. There is nowhere to sleep or way to prepare/store food.On the other hand some of them exceed 1000, which I'd call a small house, but doesn't require the same ingenuity I expect in "tiny" houses.

    16. This book is full of cool ideas, however a lot of the houses do not seem to be lived in and are more just a commentary on the current state of housing. Also I was disapointed in the lack of tiny houses on trailers, there were only a couple of these types of tiny houses.

    17. Although there is nothing revolutionary here, this is a great collection of small homes. What I appreciate is the sheer variety: urban and rural settings, an international scope, from simple boxes to artistic statements, and a wide variety of aesthetic languages.

    18. Great photos, but not enough on any one house to get a feel for what they are like. Was able to follow up on web with some of favorites for more photos and info. Many of the designs were art projects and not practical houses

    19. This book was awesome. It shows how every square foot matters, and every inch of a house can be useful (when there aren't many, they have to be). The sheer cleverness of the designs is amazing, and it really makes me realize how much stuff I have.

    20. Tiny, spartan, mostly not what I want in a house. I like the idea of building a small house, but maybe not this small

    21. I want to dress how they dress in The Sartorialist and I want to live in one of these Tiny Houses, preferably the Snee-oosh Cabin or La Maison Flottante. Other than that, I'm really happy.

    22. Cute, but the houses tend to be "art installations" more often than they are places you could actually live. Yet - pretty pictures.

    23. This book had beautiful pictures but wasn't what I expected. There was very little pictures of layouts. I was hoping for a book with great ideas for building my own tiny house.

    24. I wish there had been more pictures of the interiors, so that you can get a sense of what they looked like.

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