Leave a comment below through the end of Wednesday, February 2, 2011, to be considered for this random book giveaway.*
Princeton Architectural Press was nice enough to send us a copy of a newly published book on skinny houses called Narrow Houses: New Directions in Efficient Design. Authored by Avi Friedman, Narrow Houses includes 28 case studies — all measuring less than 25 feet in width — with site plans, floor plans, and tons of photos.
Projects featured in this book vary with a healthy dose of detached, semi-detached, and attached examples. If you have a thin site, perhaps a copy would provide value in the form of getting ideas to maximize your lot.
Also, when building green, it is commonly agreed that location is just as important as construction. So if you’ve thought about acquiring a tiny urban infill lot in the city to drive less and use more mass transportation, Narrow Houses will also give you ideas for creating the perfect skinny home.
Shown on the cover is a 960-square foot project in Nova Scotia, Canada — the Sliding House. The interior is lined with a clean-looking, bleached, clear poplar and the home is about 15 feet wide.
Narrow Houses can be read in a couple hours, but the photos and floor plans may take a lot more time to digest and consider. At the end of the book, Friedman includes four essays on narrow-house design, footprints and volumes, interiors, and historical chronology, in this order.
[+] Buy a copy of Narrow Houses on Amazon.