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
Katie Hutchison is an architect with over 23 years of experience in residential design and is author of the best-selling The New Small House, also from The Taunton Press. She's sole proprietor of Katie Hutchison Studio, and provides design commentary to shelter magazines, such as Fine Homebuilding, and design blogs, including her own, House Enthusiast. Hutchison and her husband live in Warren, Rhode Island.