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Don Metz maintains a small, selective practice in Lyme, NH, concentrating on challenging residential projects

Don Metz's new book
"Confessions of a Country Architect"

is now available


Don Metz's Confessions describes the life of a residential country architect with wry humor and pathos. This book will delight all those who have built a house, forearm those summoning up the courage to do so, and calm those who realize their talents might be better confined to an armchair with a view. Readers will be seduced by the author's adventures as he confronts the awkward, intractable, and hilariously messy job of building dreams.

Order from the publisher or Amazon now.


The Compact House Book

The Compact House Book.

These 33 prizewinning designs in the Garden Way Compact Home Design Competition prove that houses with 1,000 or fewer square feet of floor space can be imaginative, comfortable, inviting places to live.

Here are homes for the suburbs and rural areas; for Canada, the West Coast, the South, and many other sections of the country. There are homes for lakefront settings, for the mountains, and for more conventional building lots.

There’s a wealth of information on each house design, including basic construction cost estimates, floor plans, cross sections and wall section details.

Merits of the designs include passive solar, greenhouses, cost-effective building techniques, insulation tips, and space-saving strategies.