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Fine Homebuilding magazine is the most respected residential design and construction magazine in the country. Since 1981, it has been providing information and inspiration to everyone who cares about quality home improvement, renovation, and construction.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Not so small houses 18 Feb. 2014
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This book has a few ideas for making small houses feel larger but most of the books detail houses that I do NOT consider to be small. Maybe 2000 sq ft is small to some people. Small to me is less that 1000 sq ft.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Small House.............a little too $$$$ 30 April 2013
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It's a nice book to look at, but most of the "small house" are rather expensive which somewhat defeats the purpose of staying small.
They could have done a better job; they will not compete with Sara Susanka on details or use of space with most of these plans.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 23 Sept. 2013
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Pics are wonderful. There are many of most houses. House plans of each house. Overall the best book I've seen yet for small house plans and designing efficiency. I'm very appreciative of efficiency in a house, no matter the size.
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4.0 out of 5 stars So interesting and design inspiring! 9 Jun. 2014
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I enjoyed the layout of this book and all the pictures- would like to know a bit more about certain houses (without bothering the owners) but am very interested in cost-per-foot of building and WHERE some of these houses were located- am considering building one myself, and some of these were located in areas that I am looking at. But the information supplied and photos were really interesting and I do find myself rereading the book regularly.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmm, I thought small houses are less than 1100 square feet ... 18 Oct. 2014
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This is a pretty neat book with one exception: Small houses to me are less than 1100 square feet. Only five of the many in this book are less than 1100 square feet. Some exceed 2000 square feet. The middle category is large indeed.

BUT the book is interesting and well assembled. It's just not for me. I returned it for another book that looks more promising.

Also online has some really small homes both on wheels and foundations. These start really small--130 square feet. The site is really helpful in organizing thoughts about living small. The videos can seem corny but I found them helpful. Oh, and check out Sunset and Dwell magazines for more ideas.

Then when you know more about what you're looking for, I do think a good book with lots of pictures and floor plans is an absolute delight in developing these ideas. So I will review the next book I get too. The concept of small-house living is really intriguing, especially if you are like me with a larger than needed home that is too economical to leave currently.
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