The Simple Home: The Luxury of Enough

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Taunton Press, 2007 - 249 pages
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For everyone who craves a simpler lifestyle, not only in how they live but also where they live, The Simple Home features 21 houses and presents six different approaches to creating a home that realizes its full potential both simply and elegantly.

We are living in complex times, in a commodified, virtual, and overstimulated culture. One response to high levels of complexity and overstimulation is to look for yet another gadget or closet organizer to simplify our lives. But the answer lies somewhere else. The road to a simpler more satisfying life begins with a clear-eyed examination of the choices we are making for our time--and that includes choices about where we want to live.

The Simple Home presents six paths to simplicity, each illustrated by human-scaled, unadorned homes with straightforward floor plans and forms. These are open, light-filled homes (with rooms or spaces that are often multipurpose) that express their beauty in their utility and practicality. Simple homes are low maintenance and often green, designed for homeowners who wish to embody a different set of values in their housing choices than the run-of-the-mill starter castles littering the landscape.

The 6 Paths to Simplicity:
    1. Simple is Enough
    2. Simple is Thrifty
    3. Simple is Flexible
    4. Simple is Timeless
    5. Simple is Sustainable
    6. Simple is Refined
 

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Contents
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Down to the Bones 30 Simple in the City 40 Little White House on the Prairie
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ChapterThree Simple Is Flexible
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The StuccoGabled House 64 A Simple Barn 72 Simple Addition
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Brooklyn House 94 Three Gables Are Just Enough 102 A Farmhouse in the City 110 Simple in Spirit
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Creole Simple 132 Timeless Modern 142 The Courtyard House 152 Gulf Coast Simple
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North Shore Cabin 178 A Sonoma Farmhouse 184 By a Factor of 10
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The LShaped Cottage 210 A Simple Compound 218 The Creekside House 226 SimpleTimes Seven
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Sarah Nettleton, AIA, has been a registered architect in Minneapolis since 1987. Her firm, Sarah Nettleton Architects, focuses on house and landscape, with an emphasis on sustainable design. Sarah is Adjunct Professor at the University of Minnesota Architecture School and taught architectural technology at the Minneapolis Technical College for 11 years. This is her first book.

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