The Big Book of Small House Designs 75 Award-Winning Plans by Don Metz, Catherine Tredway, Kenneth R. Tremblay, Lawrence

By Don Metz, Catherine Tredway, Kenneth R. Tremblay, Lawrence Von Bamford

The massive publication of Small apartment Designs is a set of greater than 500 drawings illustrating all features of seventy five small houses of varied types, from a brand new England farmhouse to a worldly metal body to a Santa Fe ranch. every one layout contains specific ground plans, part drawings, elevations, and views, in addition to an outline of the fabrics used and landscaping round the domestic. retaining in brain leader precedence for a small house is usually power potency, many of the plans contain a few energy-efficient point. There are dozens of plans compatible for each setting and weather within the nation. The designs are all a right away results of a number of foreign competitions that solicited from architects the simplest houses of 1,250 sq. toes or much less. touch details for the architects is supplied behind the e-book. (Книга включает в себя более 500 чертежей и рисунков, иллюстрирующих все аспекты seventy five небольших домов различных стилей, от фермы в Новой Англии до сложной стальной конструкции на ранчо в Санта-Фе. Каждый проект включает в себя подробные поэтажные планы, чертежи, фасады и перспективы, а также описание используемых материалов и озеленение вокруг дома. Имея в виду, что главным приоритетом для небольшого дома часто является энергоэффективность, большинство планов включают некоторые энергоэффективные элементы.)

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The design incorporates double use of spaces—both visually and physically. For example, the porch in summer is used as the carport in winter. Energy-efficient design features include the airlock vestibule, passive solar in the central hall, and wood heat, which offers lower dependence on nonrenewable energy resources. A masonry stove with glass doors has switchbacks built into the flues, which turn the mass of chimney into a radiant heat storage system in the central hall (backup with gas burner in firebox).

The primary design focus is a two-story volume, around which the remainder of the plan is organized. From an interior standpoint this creates a sense of spaciousness. From a practical standpoint it provides excellent natural ventilation with the use of an attic fan. The interior bal- cony also serves a dual role. It allows for spatial communication between the master bedroom and the living room, enhancing the natural ventilation, but also provides a needed sense of scale to the upper portion of the two-story space — scale that is conspicuously absent from most vaulted rooms in homes today.

James F. Finigan Ten 320-square-foot wall-mounted collector boxes, containing approximately 2,000 feet of 1-inch low-emissivity/high-absorption coated copper tubing, are covered with single-pane low-E glass and use antifreeze as the medium. Heat storage employs a pressurized, insulated, 2,500-gallon coated concrete storage tank, installed vertically in the cellar below floor grade. Where a cellar is not feasible, a coated steel tank may be located horizontally in the garage. S. 1,237 gross square feet T his is a Midwestern home in every sense, abstractly based on simple farmhouse plans of earlier times.

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