Gallery: BOOK REVIEW: Nano House Showcases Contemporary Micro Home Desi...

If you’re a regular reader of Inhabitat, you know that we have a soft spot for small houses. It may be because they are often cleverly designed, or because they are low-impact, or maybe because so many of us on the team live in a small house. The new book Nano House: Innovations for Small Dwellings by Phyllis Richardson (due out this fall) is packed with small homes that push not only the boundaries of size, but of design. While there are a lot of mini houses out there, Richardson’s focus is to highlight projects that stimulate conversations about “design, efficiency, sustainability, proportion, harmony, function and necessity.” A bold agenda, and something we take to heart, read on to see if this book lives up to its credo.

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  1. jayferm December 5, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    I am fascinated by small houses and would love to explore life in a small space. But I have two kids. I have yet to see a tiny house that is suitable for family living.

    I do appreciate Andrew Michler’s comment that small houses tend to be retreats rather than every day living. This factor calls into question the fundamental sustainability that small houses so frequently proclaim.

    If they are used only on weekends and/or a few weeks each year, amortizing their environmental investment takes much longer than a primary dwelling. And one should also count the transportation costs (and time) to and fro the owners’ primary dwelling.

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