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FabLab Solar Decathlon House by Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia

The largest tops out at 807 square feet, but many fine examples are less than 300 square feet. Richardson details each home with a flowing narrative and a handful of pictures cataloging each project. Her attention to detail is critical in keeping the writing interesting, moving it from mere descriptions to pieces that highlight how such small spaces use a variety of approaches to create something livable.

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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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