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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (March 24 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847832031
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847832033
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 2.7 x 17.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Tiny Houses measures less than 7 inches square but looks like it will be the new big thing in the carbon footprint conversation." ~Architect Magazine

"Downsizing can be a good thing..." ~Metropolitan Home

"The houses on display in this handsome volume, all beautifully and vividly photographed, point to more sustainable, less expensive ways to live." ~Preservation Magazine

"In her adorably scaled-down coffee-table book, Tiny Houses, Mimi Zeiger argues that living small isn't just ecologically sound but aesthetically pleasing." ~Time Out New York

"...an entertaining exploration into the whimsical designs of small dwellings from around the globe." ~Archinect.com

“With large-scale living now passé, journalist Mimi Zeiger examines the new “micro-green” housing trend in this collection of prefab and modular homes.” ~Time

About the Author

Mimi Zeiger is the author of Tiny Houses. She founded loud paper, an architecture zine and now blog, in 1997. A Brooklyn-based freelancer, Zeiger writes on art, architecture, and design for a variety of publications including The New York Times, Dwell, Azure, and Architect, where she is a contributing editor. She holds a Masters of Architecture degree from Southern California Institute (SCI-Arc) and a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and has taught at California College of the Arts and at SCI- Arc.

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A collection of eye-candy, but not very relevant for anyone looking to sidestep ferocious house prices in the cities; some of these little homes cost more to build than homes twice their size. But the designs are imaginative and innovative, if not very practical. The book is a good starting point for anyone seeking to lessen their impact on the environment, and has some good ideas.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9b701d08) out of 5 stars 20 reviews
93 of 99 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b71d768) out of 5 stars tiny houses, tiny book March 27 2009
By D. Osborne - Published on Amazon.com
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For some reason I assumed the trim size of this book would be bigger, like a coffee table book. It's so small that most of the photographs in the book are smaller than they would be if they were printed in a magazine. It struck me as ill-conceived, and it's a shame because the content is interesting and many of the tiny houses depicted are very inspirational, from what I can make out from the tiny pictures.
63 of 66 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b71d9b4) out of 5 stars Interesting material but the floor plan drawings are too small May 29 2009
By Carol Stee - Published on Amazon.com
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This book features thirty-three small houses from 75 to 1,147 square feet (7 to 107 square meters) from all over the world, an outdoor storage space for camping, and two portable interiors. The houses range from architect designed to prefabricated to mobile homes to trailers; and they have different levels of comfort, some have both a kitchen and a bath, some have one or the other, and some have neither.

It's interesting to see thirty-three different ways people tackle the challenge of living in a small space, and in that way this book is enjoyable, but trying to make sense of the floor plan drawings is difficult. They are tiny and sometimes indecipherable; often I need a magnifying glass to see clearly and even then I can't tell where the windows, doors, stairs, bath, and kitchen are supposed to be. Sometimes the drawings don't show every floor so it's hard to get an overall picture of the design. Also, few dimensions are given other than the square feet/meters.
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b71d978) out of 5 stars great book- ranks right along with a few of my other favorites.... June 2 2010
By Rockguy30 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Great book, even though, size-wise (7 by 7 inches) its a little on the small side, but its LOADED with great/vivid photos!

Ranks right up there with my other short list of Favorites....

-Sheds/Rustic Retreats- David and Jeanie Stiles
-Lloyd Kahn's- "Homework"
-The Handmade House- Shapiro(?)
-Humble Homes, Simple Shacks, Cozy Cottages- by Derek Diedricksen
-Radical Simplicity by Dan Price
-The Whole Earth Catalog(s)
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b71de70) out of 5 stars Disappointed in this book June 27 2013
By northwestpeach - Published on Amazon.com
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I am interested in Tiny Houses and had read a good review for this one, which is why I bought it. However, it shows tiny houses from all around the world, and so many of them were of very strange, even ugly, design that I probably won't refer to it again. Only a couple houses in the whole book were the craftsman or other cute style that I envisioned. I found a magazine about Tiny Houses at Lowes, and it was exactly what I was looking for.
13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b71dd08) out of 5 stars Tiny print and minimal information March 2 2012
By L. Duff - Published on Amazon.com
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This is such a pretty little book. Unfortunately it seems to be printed in 6 or 8pt type making it virtually unreadable if you are over 50 even with good glasses. The floor plans for each tiny house are the size of my thumbprint; indeed teency. I found that my interest in tiny houses included clear readable floor plans and since I couldn't get a good look at most of them this book, pretty tho' it is, was a huge disappointment.