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The One thing

Minimum waste, maximum style

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In “Prefabulous Small Houses,” author Sheri Koones presents 32 mostly modern eco-friendly dwellings including a lakeside shipping-container cottage in San Diego, a zero-energy house in the Moab dessert, a panelized timber frame cabin on a hill in New Hampshire, and a passive house for empty nesters on the southern coast of Maine (pictured). Presenting the benefits of small-scale, prefab construction, she takes us through an instructional and aesthetic journey that’s hard to find fault with.“Prefabulous Small Houses” by Sheri Koones (Taunton), $32 at Harvard BookStore, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-661-1515