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Wright-Sized Houses: Frank Lloyd Wright's Solutions for Making Small Houses Feel Big [Hardcover]

Diane Maddex
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Nov. 25 2003
America's most famous architect was obsessed with small houses. Even though this exciting aspect of his work has been long overlooked, the truth is that Frank Lloyd Wright spent most of his career addressing the problems of houses intended for individuals or small families of modest means. In the only book on the master architect to focus on "the house of moderate cost," Wright expert Diane Maddex takes the reader inside a selection of his small houses from across the country-many of them newly photographed by Alan Weintraub-turning the spotlight on Wright's ingenious solutions to make these homes look and feel large.

Today, with the country seduced by the charms of the simple, easily maintained house or cozy cottage, Wright's inventions are more relevant than ever. From the Stockman House (1908) of Mason City, Iowa, a recently restored Prairie house based on Wright's "Fireproof House for $5,000," to the Peterson Cottage (1958) of Lake Delton, Wisconsin, a lakeside retreat of just 880 square feet, these homes are filled with practical ideas and inspiration on how to build small and live smarter. As with many modern architectural ideas that we now take for granted, Wright was there first.


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Diane Maddex, formerly the director of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Preservation Press, is the president of Arche-type Press and the author of many award-winning books on the American home. Alan Weintraub is a San Francisco-based photo-grapher whose work appears in architecture and design publications throughout the world.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great pictures. Terrible text. March 8 2004
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Format:Hardcover
I think the premise of the book is right on target. FLW best work was in his small houses. They are much harder to design, build and were done so on a tight budget. The pictures of the houses in the book are fantastic. They are current day pictures versus pictures taken 10 or 20 years ago.
The text is not well written. Could have done a better job.
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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  27 reviews
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Wright books out there May 10 2006
By P. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a beautiful picture book that keeps its title's promise. Maddex actually identifies the specific FLW solutions for making small houses feel big. Her description of these solutions are well-written and aimed at appealing to the intelligent layman. Mercifully, she avoids the academic, pedantic and patronizing tone. A real pleasure. Couldn't recommend more highly.
31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars inspiring Jan. 6 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The pictures and text boxes do a terrific job of explaining the reasons that Wright's architecture works. The themes of unity, making walls disappear with windows, use of natural materials and building for the site can be applied to many architectural styles, not just the prarie style he is known for
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good synthesis of Wright's work Feb. 23 2007
By L. Dubarry - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I really liked this book. Quite well structured, it presents first key characteristics of Wright's architecture apearing in Prairie but also Usonian houses.

The second part gives full details of some houses (mainly Usonian since the theme is about "making small houses feel big")

Special interest for Isabel Roberts house, River Forest (on front and back cover pages) which is to my mind Wright's Masterwork joining Prairie and Usonian concepts.

Photos are nice and drawings are also indicated (with scale and orientation).

The only point I disliked is the fact comments relative to photos are not always fully precise : they could have highlighted a bit more key characteristics quoted in book's first part. The author has also preferred giving some details about Owners rather than focusing only on architecture.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wright-Sized Book for custom homes. Aug. 2 2007
By K. Crockett - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I am building a custom home and I keep going back to this book for inspiration and important details. I have a library of at least 20 other FLW (Frank Lloyd Wright) books, but this is the most up-to-date and most on target reference for new home design. The photographs are large and focused on details, not just exterior elevations. Doors, windows, roofs, entrances and many other important features are explained and given an indepth perspective. This is a must have for any FLW library and I guarantee you will be handing this to to your architect if you want FLW details in your custom home. A great read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great pictures. Terrible text. March 8 2004
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Format:Hardcover
I think the premise of the book is right on target. FLW best work was in his small houses. They are much harder to design, build and were done so on a tight budget. The pictures of the houses in the book are fantastic. They are current day pictures versus pictures taken 10 or 20 years ago.
The text is not well written. Could have done a better job.
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