Routledge has published BIG Little House, a book which celebrates the benefits of small housing.
In the book, award-winning practicing US architect Donna Kacmar introduces twenty real-life examples of small houses. Each project is less than 1,000 square feet in size and, brought together, the designs reveal an attitude towards materiality, light, enclosure and accommodation which is unique to minimal dwellings. While part of a trend to address growing concerns about reducing consumption and the lack of affordable housing, the book demonstrates that small dwellings are not always simply the result of budget constraints, but constitute a deliberate design strategy in their own right.
Highly illustrated and in full-colour throughout, each example is based on interviews with the original architect and accompanied by detailed floor plans. The book offers practical guidance to any professional architect or homeowner interested in small scale residential design.
“When it comes to houses, quality, not quantity, is what truly matters. Architect Donna Kacmar’s eloquently written and beautifully illustrated BIG little house underscores this point again and again. The book’s comprehensive introduction coupled with twenty, carefully curated, examples answer not just "What" but also "How" and "Why". BIG little house is a valuable resource…” — Naomi Pollock, AIA, author Modern Japanese House, Japan
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