Cottages are symbolic of a simpler time and a simpler life, conjuring thoughts of romance, comfort, and nostalgia. But as I explain in The New Cottage, even this ever-popular house type has room for innovation.
Each case study demonstrates how a cottage — newly constructed or newly renovated — can be updated for the needs of modern living, balancing transience and durablity, togetherness and solitude, and the high tech and the homespun.
Whether you own a cottage or just dream of doing so, the more than 300 stunning photographs capture the aesthetics of place and design that have made cottages the quintessential American home. Regardless of where the “new” cottage is located, each home in The New Cottage exemplifies the ideals of a cottage that extends just as well into the 21st century as it did in the past.
“If you are a Not So Big House fan or an admirer of all things right-sized, you will love The New Cottage. It’s filled with inspiration for a smaller and simpler but decidedly more delightful way of living than most larger homes allow.” —Sarah Susanka, architect and author of The Not So Big House series and the Not So Big Life
“The New Cottage will empower readers to execute classic cottage designs for a modern way of living. Ten design strategies are eloquently supported by 25 inspiring projects that bring architect Katie Hutchison’s accessible and informative design insight to life.” —Rob Yagid, former Editorial Director, Fine Homebuilding
Find The New Cottage on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell's and in retailers -- like independent booksellers -- in your neck of the woods, starting December 4, 2018! Check out the KHS Upcoming Events calendar to see if I'll be signing books at a venue near you.
Though the median size of a new single-family house is back on the rise – after a brief decline during the 2007-2009 U.S. recession – many are now choosing to live small deliberately. They’re building smaller, more environmentally and economically friendly homes. The New Small House from The Taunton Press presents small-house design strategies as well as whole-house case studies from across the U.S. and Canada for homeowners eager to simplify, and remodelers, builders, architects, and designers looking for inspiration.
The ingenious and attractive designs of these 24 small houses (ranging in size from 500 square feet to 1640 square feet) suit young families, independent couples, single folks and those entering retirement. The houses are categorized by their location, from waterside gems to city dwellings and include new construction and renovations featured in 275 beautiful color photographs and 30 illustrations. The introduction defines 10 time-tested small-house design strategies, like borrowed view and daylight, multipurpose spaces, outdoors in and indoors out, pockets for privacy and more. And a bonus chapter includes five small retreats – each less than 500 square feet—in the backyard and beyond that exemplify, in even smaller packages, many of the same design strategies portrayed by the case-study houses.
For those longing for a simpler life, a small house may be right for you. The New Small House can get you started today.
Find The New Small House on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell's and in retailers -- like independent booksellers -- in your neck of the woods, starting October 20, 2015! Check out the KHS Upcoming Events calendar to see if I'll be signing books at a venue near you.