Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Review: Tiny, Tiny Houses by Lester Walker

Tiny Houses contains the plans for forty-four houses so small that anyone can afford to have one—and so thoughtfully designed that anyone can build one—each offering the dream of solitude, a place to escape for a weekend of romance, meditation, or whimsy. Award-winning architect Lester Walker shows how, with a little energy and imagination, everyone's dream of owning a home, or having a second home in the country, is within reach.

This was an interesting read. While most of the homes featured aren't really functional for full-time living, since they lack kitchens or bathrooms, they seem adequate for camping purposes. There are some that could, of course, be adapted to include kitchens and bathrooms, of course, which is nice.

This one gets six stars. Unfortunately, the pictures were in black and white and they would have been infinitely better in color as the author made repeated references to siding and paint colors that could not be seen in the photos. The title Tiny, Tiny Homes is rather misleading also. I was under the impression that these were fully functional homes, but most are just shelters. I don't believe you can call a shelter a home unless you have a kitchen and bathroom! In any case, it was a quick and interesting read.

Rating: ★★★★★★☆☆☆


Janel said...

I'm going to look for this at the library. Sounds like one of these houses would be a great studio for me.

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