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 Small House, Big Style Overview of decorating and remodeling, such as a 1930s cottage, a 1940s Cape Cod, a 1950s ranch, a 1960s split level, and more

Also offers advice for making the most of space when building a new home

How to enhance space—on a small or large scale—to create comfortable, stylish rooms that look and feel larger

Includes creative ways to find plenty of storage

Shows how to use outdoor areas for additional living space

Tips on arranging rooms, upgrading systems, working with building and design pros, and budgeting

  Date Published 7/1/2003

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Rated By: A reader
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Comments: All in good taste...
You'll love the common sense ideas, gorgeous pictures and helpful decorating hints in this latest Better Homes and Garden book. They feature a good selection of decorating styles for most classic smaller homes (under 2500sq.ft.) in different areas of the country. I'm currently redecorating my livingroom and was inspired for fabric choices and colors. I like mixing several style of accessories and the book shows you how to do that without tackiness. It will remain a good reference.
Rated By: Lori Bilewicz
From: Milton, MA
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Comments: Pretty, but not so useful
Maybe I was looking for the wrong things from this book. There are some great photos and interesting stories about some unique small homes, but I didn't find that many actionable tips.
Rated By: Jessica Pastina
From: Massachusetts
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Comments: Fun, cool, helpful
I wasn't going to write an amazon review until I read an earlier review from someone who thought the book did not offer "actionable tips." I DISAGREE completely. The book is a fun read and filled with stylish (and varied) homes from around the country, but it is giving me one idea after another for making the most of tight spaces. (In our part of the country, we cannot afford a large home.) I have gotten and used several storage ideas, but what I like best are the room arranging ideas and tips on color. This is a 5-star book all around.
Rated By: A reader
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Comments: Very cool
Stylish, fun, and yet packed with ideas. Very cool. Worth every penny. Love it.
Rated By: P.J. Whitter
From: Virginia
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Comments: Interesting and helpful too
What made this book well worth the money to me was the fact that it was interesting and very current in the kinds of home designs it portrayed yet it has helpful, lasting ideas too. A modern architectural thread runs throughout the homes shown which gives the book a currrent look.
Rated By: A reader
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Comments: EXCELLENT BOOK
Fantastic ideas, beautiful pictures and lots of different layouts. This is also a fabulous book if your thinking of remodeling or putting an addition on an existing home.
Well worth the money!
Rated By: Mervyn Passanante
From: USA
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Comments: Fun and surprising
This book is as helpful as I would expect from a name like Better Homes and Gardens, but it has some surprises too because it includes a wide range of homes, from the expected to the unexpected. It got my attention right away because it opens with an ocean-view home built on a kind of traffic island between three streets in California. There are cool '50s ranches as well as more common modern-day houses and lots of info on making spaces feel bigger and work harder.
Rated By: Fredric Lee McLaughlin "Architect"
From: Lansing, Michigan
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Comments: 2500 square feet a small house?! Who are you kidding?!
...I have now (4-11-2) looked at the book and ordered it online at <allbooks4less.com> (sorry Amazon; I recommend selecting a bookseller...which generates a cost comparison list, including shipping [very important when ordering online], in which Amazon rated 10th out of 53 listed; the first two listed were sold out), based on my impression that, although the book covers houses up to 2750 square feet, it seems to have a significant number of worthwhile ideas that are also shown to enhance houses as small as 640 sf and 520 sf. Even I have to admit that's small! I even nudged my rating up one point.

(Original review follows) I have not read or even looked at this book (hence the 3 stars benefit of the doubt), though I will soon. Nonetheless, as an architect, I can assure you that any book based on the presumption of 2500SF as a threshhold for a small house, however worthy it's suggestions, has a preposterous basis. Who is the author (or is it the publisher) kidding? A legitimately small house is certainly less than 1500SF, and probably less than 1200SF or 1000SF. Maybe 2500SF would be tight for the fellow who wrote Cheaper By The Dozen or people who frequently entertain groups of a dozen, but otherwise, who are we kidding? How difficult can it be to "shoehorn" into 2500SF? Make some serious choices, people. Good Grief (thank you, Charlie Brown), most houses SHOULD be less than 2500SF - way less...

Rated By: A reader
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Comments: Refreshing, interesting, fun, and helpful
How refreshing this book is. It starts with an intriguing little house on a traffic island somewhere in California. I must have studied the pictures of that house a thousand times by now. But it has ideas, from storage to room arranging, for homes of somewhere around 2500 square feet or less. The square footage is listed with each house. Many are between 1000 and 2000 square feet. It's about time. McMansions in my neck of the woods are running 4,000, 5,000, 6,000 square feet.. Obscene. I wish more builders and architects would get on board with reasonable home sizes again. This book proves that a small house of 2500 square feet or less can live big.
Rated By: A reader
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Comments: My 1900 sq foot house is small?
It is according to this book. The ridiculous assumption of a small house being anything less than 2000k sq feet aside the book is interesting, has some great ideas, photographed nicely, and worth picking up if you are interested in making small spaces look bigger thru organization, furniture placement, color, and lighting.

Of course we'd like more space but this is our first home so we must make do with our 4 br. 2 1/2 bath 'small' home. This book will help us do just that.

Rated By: A reader
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Comments: Don't waste your money!
The majority of the photos are of cluttered, out of style room designs and decorating. Disappointing.

Rated By: Kathleen A. Peck "New Review"
From: MI
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Comments: Marvellous
What a fantastic book....if you live in a small house as I do..1450 sq ft...you need to read this book. Paula so gracefully...& consistently encourages us throughout her book that small is beautiful...& you CAN have the gorgeous well decorated house you crave without letting size get in the way. Her creative ideas are astounding backed by multitudes of small house make-overs brimming with inspiration that's actually useful to those of us who are not rich..yet would like to have the nicest furnishings we can afford. She starts the book off with the premise that we need to STOP dreaming of a bigger house...& start getting bigger inspirations...which is exactly what this book accomplishes so successfully. I no longer long for a bigger house...& I'm in the process now.. of making my small house ...beautiful in every way. Hats off to you Paula for a job well done...wish more decorating books were as grass roots as yours...& delivered what they promise as yours does.
Rated By: A. Louviere
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Comments: check it out at the library first
I THOUGHT SOME OF THE ROOMS LOOKED NICE, BUT THE BOOK BASICLY SHOWED YOU WHAT THEY COULD DO WITH A ROOM, NOT REALLY ANY GREAT IDEAS FOR YOU TO TRY ON YOUR OWN. I GUESS I WAS LOOKING FOR A HOW TO BOOK AND THIS WAS NOT IT. SOME OF THE IDEAS LOOKED EXPENSIVE.