cover image Bigger Than Tiny, Smaller Than Average

Bigger Than Tiny, Smaller Than Average

Sheri Koones. Gibbs Smith, $35 (224p) ISBN 978-1-4236-5845-0

Journalist Koones (Downsize) demonstrates that limited space doesn’t mean compromised style in this captivating study of small houses. She focuses on places that aren’t quite “tiny homes” but are still on the smaller side: a historic 1,800-sq.-ft. Washington, D.C., coach house renovation exemplifies elegant minimalism, while a pair of prefabricated homes constructed by students at the University of Kansas are both energy-efficient and attractive. There’s an abode in Culver City, Calif., that is off-the-grid, rugged, and industrial-feeling inside; a rustic San Antonio charmer that incorporates local wood; a refurbished 650-sq.-ft. Vancouver garage that’s transformed into a spare yet delightful dwelling for two; an 800-sq.-ft. Seattle rental that exemplifies mid-century chic; and a superbly refurbished Victorian in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood. The author also dishes out pointers on everything from the basics of paring down (it’s a process, and one that must be done) to the secrets of making a space feel larger (built-in furniture, high ceilings, light-colored cabinets and walls, and pocket doors). Stunning color photos are a plus. This luxurious volume will provide endless inspiration to space-efficient and green homeowners. (Mar.)