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Compact Houses by Gerald Rowan

Compact Houses by Gerald Rowan

Author:Gerald Rowan
Language: eng
Format: epub
Tags: cabin, cottage, tiny house, build, build small, 1400 square feet, efficient living, floor plans, affordable home, small home designs, environmentally friendly home, creative floor plans for small homes, energy-efficient, off-the-grid living, innovative plans, new houses, retrofitting old homes, small living spaces, small houses, compact houses, designs for small homes, small space living, space-saving
Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC
Published: 2013-10-15T04:00:00+00:00


Pocket and Sliding Doors

Like the window seat, the pocket door is an architectural element you don’t see much anymore. In early American architecture it was traditionally used between the parlor and the dining room, where it could be opened or closed depending on the needs of the family. After a good meal the family and guests could retire to the parlor for coffee, brandy, or dessert and close the pocket doors to the dining room to hide the mess. (In more aristocratic households, this is when the servants would come in to clean up.)

Because pocket doors and other types of sliding doors don’t have a swing radius, they take up little space, which makes them ideal for compact houses. In fact, you’ll see them in use in many of the designs in this book. A sliding door is excellent between children’s bedrooms. It can be opened on a rainy day to turn small bedrooms into a large playroom. And it can add to the magic of pretend play, as it can be the curtain of a star-studded theatrical thriller or the Black Gate of Mordor.



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