Compact Living: How to Design Small Interior Space

Compact Living: How to Design Small Interior Space


By (author) Michael Guerra

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  • Publisher: Permanent Publications
  • Format: Paperback | 116 pages
  • Dimensions: 146mm x 208mm x 12mm | 280g
  • Publication date: 15 August 2013
  • Publication City/Country: East Meon, Hants
  • ISBN 10: 1856231054
  • ISBN 13: 9781856231053
  • Illustrations note: Full colour throughout with photographs and diagrams
  • Sales rank: 253,887

Product description

Compact Living opens our eyes to the possibilities of living a compact and low impact urban life. It is about learning how to live happily with less clutter and to embrace the joys in life. Most of our society is struggling to pay the bills, whilst chasing the ideal of a 'bigger' lifestyle. Compact Living is the perfect antidote to this; teaching us how to make the most of what we already have- through assessing and designing our spaces to suit our needs, as well as future proofing for changes. This is a book of design solutions for small spaces, ideally suited to the compact urban dwellings in which the majority of us live in the UK, with each chapter providing useful, basic tools for organising an entire house and garden no matter what kind of space you live in. In an insecure economy, smaller mortgages and less social mobility will be a reality, especially in premium areas of the cities. Compact Living is the perfect practical guide for people interested in the Voluntary Simplicity, Tiny Homes and Downsizing movements, and anyone who wants to rationalise the space in which they live in an ergonomic and aesthetic way.

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Author information

Michael Guerra is a well-known lecturer, writer and radio broadcaster specialising in permaculture. He is at the forefront of sustainable design. He has designed elements of the new St.Pancras Station, the Millenium Stadium and the rolling stock on the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland narrow gauge railways. He feeds his family with produce from a small backyard in the English suburbs.

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The book features a wide range of practical space-saving measures such as fold-away beds and shelving systems, as well as some quirkier ideas: ever seen a model railway that lowers from the ceiling? The author also explores wider lifestyle choices such as growing your own food and adopting a more sharing attitude as part of our everyday approach to living.