The notion of a shrinking house is, for now, more an idea than a sought-after design element. Still, [Tullio Inglese] makes an interesting case for designing so that an entire wing of a house could be detached easily. Before the concept of "subtractables" is accepted, Inglese acknowledges, clients must overcome some psychological barriers.
Inglese discovered a market for well-designed modules a year and a half ago while building a house for himself and his wife, Judith. The couple had decided to move from their longtime residence near the center of Amherst to a larger, more rural property in nearby Leverett. "We are avid gardeners, and our youngest daughter was off to college, so we had this flexibility," says Inglese.
1. Amherst architect Tullio Inglese with a model of the house he designed and built to include a subtractable wing. /Dan Wessman 2. A crane helps move the detachable module to its new location elsewhere on Inglese's property.