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Author Maddex, Diane.

Title Wright-sized houses : Frank Lloyd Wright's solutions for making small houses feel big / Diane Maddex ; photography by Alan Weintraub.

Published New York : Abrams, [2003]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Archit  728.37092 WRIG/ MADD    AVAILABLE
Physical description 159 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Outside 21 -- Site 23 -- Horizontal Line 24 -- Cantilevers 27 -- Roofs 28 -- Chimneys 30 -- Entrances 31 -- Natural Materials 32 -- Walls 34 -- Windows 36 -- Standardized Components 39 -- Private Spaces 40 -- Outdoor Rooms 43 -- Landscapes 44 -- Carports 46 -- Additions 47 -- Inside 49 -- Unity 51 -- Space 52 -- Open Plans 55 -- Human Scale 56 -- Foyers 58 -- Varied Levels 59 -- Ceilings 61 -- Walls and Screens 62 -- Window Walls 65 -- Clerestories 66 -- Glass Features 69 -- Fireplaces 70 -- Wood Decks 72 -- Lighting and Heating 73 -- Kitchens 74 -- Dining Areas 75 -- Built-ins 77 -- Furnishings 78 -- Natural Colors 81 -- Ornament 82 -- Harmony 84 -- Simplicity 85 -- Wright-Sized Houses 87 -- Homage to the Square: Stockman House (1908) Mason City, Iowa 88 -- Tall Story: Isabel Roberts House (1908) River Forest, Illinois 94 -- Architecture for Democracy: First Jacobs House (1936) Madison, Wisconsin 103 -- Loren's Love Affair: Pope-Leighey House (1939) Alexandria, Virginia 108 -- Small Wonder: Sturges House (1939) Brentwood Heights, California 116 -- Grace Notes: Zimmerman House (1950) Manchester, New Hampshire 121 -- Arietta: Tracy House (1955) Normandy Park, Washington 128 -- Impossible Dream: Peterson Cottage (1958) Lake Delton, Wisconsin 135 -- Desert Rose: Lykes House (1959) Phoenix, Arizona 138 -- All About Light: Lockhart Cottage (1968) Scottsdale, Arizona 148 -- Visiting Wright's Small Houses 154.
Summary Frank Lloyd Wright made it his life's work to design small houses with character. He suggested dining rooms just big enough for the family -- or better yet, a combined living-dining area. He built in furniture along the walls to free up the center. He used open plans whose spaces flowed around corners, shielding views while adding mystery. He dramatized high ceilings with eye-fooling details. He turned solid walls into glass screens, breaking down barriers between outside and in. He designed step-saving kitchens lighted by skylights. He divided houses into quiet and living zones and embraced views of nature by adding outdoor rooms. He experimented with prefabricated designs to help would-be homeowners stay within a budget.
As with many modern architectural ideas that we now take for granted, Wright was there first. Wright-Sized Houses: Frank Lloyd Wright's Solutions for Making Small Houses Feel Big is the first book to feature the small houses of this world-renowned architect. It presents a wealth of ideas for how to build or redesign a home to make it feel far more spacious and restful than a larger house. Diane Maddex outlines dozens of Wright's principles for making less seem like more: roofs that epitomize the sense of shelter, windows that capture the outdoors, materials that respect nature, open plans that create a relaxed lifestyle, built-ins that conserve space, ornament that grows naturally from the design. Profiles of ten small houses show how all of Wright's techniques combine to make even 1,200 square feet feel like a mansion. For guidance on making a small house more rewarding, Wright-Sized Houses offers a refreshing new window into why even in the twenty-first century Wright remains the household word for architect.
Subject Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959.
Small houses -- United States.
ISBN 0810946262 (hardcover : alk. paper)