Smaller is big, says architect and author Katie Hutchison, whose book The New Small House shows those looking to downsize how they can live smartly, economically and environmentally friendly in elegantly designed homes.
With 275 gorgeous photographs and 30 detailed illustrations, The New Small House takes the reader on a tour of North America and spotlights small houses in rural, coastal, and in-town locations. The book presents fundamental small-house design strategies, complete with whole-house case studies for homeowners eager to simplify.
Creating a great small house is illustrated in the opening chapter with 10 approaches, including:
- borrowed view and daylight
- multipurpose spaces
- privacy pockets
- using quality materials
Twenty-five stunning small houses are profiled in the second part of the book, organized by the nature of their locations.
"If you are thinking of building, you must read The New Small House, by architect Katie Hutchison (Taunton, 2015). She defines the small house as 1,700 sq. ft. or less, which is roughly the size of the New England house that she and her husband Chris call home. I think her ten small-house design strategies are especially useful -- they offer a disciplined approach to analyzing what makes a small house feel larger than it is, and by extension what makes good design. Katie's book offers a wealth of examples for each strategy and shows houses by the water, in the country, in the village, in the town, and there is a final section on retreats. Think of the book as an extension of Sarah Susanka's famous Not So Big House series of publications. Use the principles to help you find the perfect house plan for your needs and lot!"—Houseplans.com - Dan Gregory
Architect Katie Hutchison has more than 20 years' experience in residential design and frequently provides design commentary to shelter magazines such as Fine Homebuilding and design blogs, including the online magazine House Enthusiast which she produces. She is also an award-winning fine-art photographer and author of the book The New Small House (Taunton, 2015). She earned a B.F.A. and B. Arch. from the Rhode Island School of Design and a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Michigan. At Katie Hutchison Studio (KHS) she practices a multi-disciplinary approach to design. Her interest in providing accessible and information design insight has extended across multiple platforms, including YouTube (where she posts design-related videos), the KHS Facebook business Page, and @HomeWithKatie on Twitter. For more information visit www.katiehutchison.com.