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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

In-laws, outlaws, and granny flats- by Michael Litchfield (Tiny House Book Review)


Vintage fold down seating, and a wall-mounted/folding table
      Its been awhile since I filmed one of those "Man With The Ugly Hat" book review episodes (yeah, yeah, I know you're all SOOO disappointed (one is coming though!)), so in the meantime, I thought I'd toss up this quick review- with some cool small house/guest house photos...

 "In-laws, Outlaws, and Granny Flats" by Michael Litchfield was recently sent my way by Taunton Press (who have released a slew of great architectural books to date). "In laws" is not a "tiny house book" per se (surprisingly many of the in-law houses are rather large and to me, seemingly unaffordable)), but there are still MANY ideas, design schemes, inspirational layouts, and architectural approaches to from which one can harves-regardless of the budget you might be dealing with. Within, you'll find a gorgeous houseboat, some ultra-modern takes on backyard/2nd home living, and even a couple small scale gems, "Nancy's Windfall" being one of my favorites in this book (I couldn't find an online photo to share- sorry!).

    Also in this book's favor, its got PHOTOS galore- some gorgeous ones too! Luckily, the text and information offered up, from codes, to multi-tasking with furniture, is more thorough than a good many other books in the field- THIS, in addition to the wealth of eye candy between its covers, made this one a pretty enjoyable read- and this, keep in mind, is coming from one jaded reader, who has seen, and owns a slew of micro-architecture books. If you're looking to build that comfy in-law in the back, and need the ins and outs of doing so, this book would serve as a very good overview on how you can go about doing so.

Author, Michael Litchfield, has also started a blog, called CozyDigz, on about the adventures in small and shared housing. Visit his CozyDigz blog today. 

-Derek "Deek" Diedricksen

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