George Clarke shows how amazingly unexpected small spaces can be adapted into really practical living areas. Combining the eccentric and the inspirational with down-to-earth guidelines and information, his ideas will appeal not only to those dreaming of a get-away but to everyone who wants to make the most of their space at home.
Clarke explains how a series of rooms achieved excellent designs, and shows you how the designs might be adapted to more conventional small spaces. The spaces, and resultant possibilities, are incredibly varied, including work areas, complete homes, sleeping areas - and the ultimate fantasy escapes. There are mobile spaces, such as the old 1970s caravan that is converted into a travelling icecream parlour, existing structures needing a makeover, such as the canal boat that's been revamped as the ultimate bachelor pad, and the change of function of an underground public toilet that is converted into a one-bed flat.
Illustrated throughout with practical artwork, before and after photos, and inspiring end results, the book also gives brilliant ideas for effective decorating, with suggestions for window, wall and floor coverings, and tips on using colour, texture and lighting.
George Clarke is an architect, writer, lecturer and TV presenter. He is Creative Director of George Clarke + Partners, which has established a reputation for designing and building high quality, award-winning projects throughout the UK and abroad. He is passionate about the way architecture can transform our everyday lives, and his aim is to make architecture and design popular and accessible to everyone. George's TV programmes include Property Dreams, Build a New Life in the Country, Restoration Man and, most currently, George Clarke's Amazing Spaces. His previous books are Build a New Life (May 2007) and George Clarke's Home Bible (September 2010)