some massive small houses
I am used to the size of european properties and was hugely disappointed with the colossal size of the houses in this book. I am researching space saving and efficient uses of volume within a home, in order to cram the most into a tiny space when I come to construct my own ecologically sound house. Initially I thought I had ordered the wrong title.
This book has houses with rooms larger than I imagine my whole home to be. Houses with twin staircases, en-suite bathrooms with two hand wash basins, bath AND shower, several reception rooms, vaulted ceilings and the like. All very beautiful, but not at all what I had expected in a not so big house. There are some very useful ideas though most suggestions are on a scale far beyond the reaches of a typical UK home (820sf ft on average). I like the designer concepts of continuity of theme, the repetitive uses of colour palets, suggestions that bring cohesiveness to a home.
I struggled somewhat with the verbosity and grandeur of the narrative, though I believe it is a style of writing well thought of in the U.S.. It's amazing how different our two countries are. Overall, the book is beautiful and presents many amazing properties, though from a european perspective, the 'not so big' does not ring true this side of the Atlantic.