Picks and Pans Review: The Small House

UPDATED 06/16/1986 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 06/16/1986 at 01:00 AM EDT

by Duo Dickinson

The subtitle of this illustrated volume is "An Artful Guide to Affordable Residential Design." But some readers may be startled to find that the first house in the book, designed by the architect-author himself, has only 1,100 square feet, one bedroom and bath and cost $103,500 to build. It has a garage instead of a basement, a basic roof pitch and shingled outer walls, but the living room is two floors high and the basic windows are imaginatively placed to take advantage of the views. It's hardly a year-round house for a family, and indeed, the most successful and attractive homes in this book are summer vacation or weekend houses. One in Copake, N.Y., by architect Alfred DeVido, is built around a chimney. Peter Forbes designed a tall, stark house for Seal Cove, Maine, that has Frank Lloyd Wright design motifs and looks spectacular among giant pines. Architect Mark Simon built for his mother a Long Island fantasy with a splendid glassed-in tower and lots of beautiful latticework. This is the kind of book that is packed with imaginative ideas, the sort of fresh design creations that encourages browsers to dream about the perfect house that they hope one day they will build. (McGraw-Hill, $34.95)

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