Books on Houses
This essential reference is a compilation of ideas, suggestions, and design solutions taken from a variety of experts in the field. The goal is to give homeowners increased independence, allowing them to envision and create their own future. Today, numerous homeowners are thoughtfully designing or redesigning their homes into living spaces that they will be able to enjoy and function in for many years to come. With a few modifications, a home can be made more accessible and friendly without losing its personal charm and designer's flair. Present modifications can set the stage for future changes, such as extra lighting, radiant heating, and energy conservation, along with the inclusion of assistive technology required as the body changes. In this well-illustrated book, with over 200 color photos, many architects and designers display a variety of architectural designs for "aging in place." The general concepts brought forward help to create flexible, personal space, highlighting solutions that can be utilized in multiple contexts. A Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS), Dr. Jill M. Bjerke explores many of these issues in the Foreword.
Packed with advice and tips, this practical book explains how to get the most from your greenhouse. By first looking at the design and site of the greenhouse, it leads the gardener through the joys and opportunities of growing a large range of plants, both edible and ornamental, under glass that would be impossible in the open.
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Since the early seventeenth century, when the cultivation of exotic plants and fruit became fashionable in northern Europe, glasshouses have offered an artificial climate in which they could flourish. At first these structures were within reach only of the very richest, and growing one's own oranges, orchids, pineapples or bananas was a sign of great wealth; but by the mid-nineteenth century manufacturers emerged to cater for a growing middle-class market. Glasshouses became increasingly sophisticated, with different types tailored to house specific crops, and manufacturers competing with one another by developing their own house styles, leading to a wealth of designs endlessly fascinating to the garden or architectural historian. In Glasshouses, Fiona Grant provides an illustrated introduction to the subject, including the twentieth century decline and recent attempts at restoration.
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Le Corbusier Redrawn: The Houses presents 25 of Le Corbusier s small residential work (self-sufficient and detached singleand double-family houses) through sectional projections (perspectival sections) as well as plans, sections, and elevations. Sectional projections, compared to other types of representation, capture most clearly the relational dynamic among different building elements and therefore express most effectively the architect s design intentions. The book is the only collection of consistently rendered original original drawings (at 1:200 scale) of Le Corbusier s architecture. Included works are as follows: 1. Maison-atelier du peintre Amedee Ozenfant, Paris, France, 1922; 2. Villa Besnus, "Ker-Ka-Re", Vaucresson, France, 1922*; 3. Villa Le Lac, Corseaux, Switzerland,1923; 4. Villas Lipchitz-Miestchaninoff, Boulogne-sur-Seine, France, 1923*; 5. Maisons La Roche-Jeanneret, Paris, France, 1923 - 1925; 6. Maison Ternisien, Boulogne-sur-Seine, France, 1926; 7. Maison du Tonkin, Bordeaux, France, 1924; 8. Pavillon de l'Esprit Nouveau, Paris, France, 1924; 9. Maison Planeix, Paris, France, 1924; 10. Maison Guiette, Antwerp, Belgium, 1926; 11. Maison Cook, Boulogne-sur-Seine, France, 1926; 12. Villa Stein-de-Monzie, "Les Terrasses", Garches (Vaucresson), France, 1926; 13. Villa Church, Ville-d'Avray, France, 1927; 14. Maisons Weissenhof-Siedlung, Stuttgart, Germany, 1927; 15. Villa Baizeau, Carthage, Tunisia, 1928*; 16. Villa Savoye, Poissy, France, 1928; 17. Villa de Madame H. de Mandrot, Le Pradet, France, 1929; 18. Maison de week-end, La Celle-Saint-Cloud, France, 1934; 19. Villa "Le Sextant", Les Mathes, France, 1935; 20. Maison du Docteur Curutchet, La Plata, Argentina, 1949; 21. Cabanon de Le Corbusier, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France, 1949*; 22. Maisons Jaoul, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, 1951; 23. Villa Shodhan, Ahmedabad, India, 1951; 24. Villa de Madame Manorama Sarabhai, Ahmedabad, India, 1951; 25. Pavillon d'exposition ZHLC (Maison de l'Homme), Zurich, Switzerland, 1963.
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New in paperback in a compact format, an atmospheric portrayal of ten remarkable houses and castles that have survived the vicissitudes of Ireland's history and are still in the hands of their original families. From cabinets filled with generations of monogrammed heirloom china to canopy beds keeping the chill of an Irish winter at bay to cabbage-rose slip-covered sofas nestled under tall Gothic windows, this book takes the reader on a tour of ten grand Irish country houses, providing an intimate look at a marvellous hotchpotch of rooms and decoration. Specially commissioned, evocative photographs by James Fennell show inviting living rooms and tousled bedrooms, print-lined hallways and well-trampled mudrooms. The houses are not the instant creation of trendy decorators they have evolved over generations, furnished with heirlooms and cherished hand-me-downs, and exuding the mossy scent of peat fires. "This is a book for lovers of Ireland, history or decoration. An intimate glimpse inside ten wonderful Irish country houses". (Min Hogg). "Packed with beautiful pictures, this page-turner allows us all to dream superb". ("The Irish Times"). "A vivid picture of a unique culture, this is an unrivalled opportunity to tour some of Irelands most atmospheric houses". ("Country Life").
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Endless sun, sparkling sea, crystalline sky these are the elements of the Mediterranean that offer its inhabitants a lifestyle that is the envy of the world and have delighted architects since antiquity. A fusion of interior style and architecture, of glorious natural landscapes and bold man-made forms, "Mediterranean Modern" presents twenty-five of the region's most covetable houses in a format that speaks directly to today's increasingly design-savvy house-dwellers. It includes work by internationally established architects, such as Alberto Campo de Baeza and Alvaro Siza, and also houses by a number of the regions rising stars revealing a wealth of cool ideas for hot climates.
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This title includes a foreword by H. R. H. the Prince of Wales. Sick of McMansions? Marianne Cusato, creator of the award-winning Katrina Cottages, is a champion of traditional architectural principles: structural common sense, aesthetics of form, appropriateness to a neighbourhood and sustainability. She presents the definitive guide to what makes houses look and feel right, revealing the dos and don'ts of liveable home design. Hundreds of elegant line drawings, rendering the varieties of architectural features and displaying "avoid" and "use" versions of the same elements side by side, make this an indispensable resource for designing and building a timelessly beautiful home.
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Drawing on the success of "XS" series, "Nano House" presents 43 examples of the most innovative, most ingenious and most responsible designs for small-scale (less than 75m2) houses set in a variety of contexts. Each house, shown in texts, photographs and plans, is an object lesson in domestic design. Using digital tools, sustainable materials and new prefabrication technologies, all these projects offer exciting and realistic solutions for houses where space is at a premium, nature must be preserved or accommodation created for those who need it most.
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This title shows you how to design and plant an outside space, with practical advice and 550 inspiring step-by-step photographs. It shows you how to create lovely and easy-to-maintain garden courtyards, patios, terraces and backyards. There are decorative ideas to suit all kinds of outdoor spaces from urban backyards to small garden spaces. You can choose a style to suit you - Traditional Lines, Mediterranean Warmth, Outdoor Living, The Edible Garden, A Peaceful Oasis and Modern Spaces - or select elements from each to create your own vision. It features more than 40 step-by-step techniques that provide practical guidance for making key decorative features, such as laying brick pavers, training a grapevine, planting a wall basket, making a parterre, fixing wattle hurdles, constructing a raised bed with sleepers, and lighting plants with uplighters. A final section on maintaining your patio shows how to keep the space looking beautiful, including gardening advice on deadheading, pruning and training, and seasonal jobs. Whether your patio is a tiny backyard hidden in the urban jungle or a terraced area in a larger garden, it is a personal space where you can garden, relax and simply escape everyday life for a while. This inspiring and practical book offers creative but achievable ideas for your patio space. Six chapters on favourite styles each offer advice on approaches for flooring, walls and screens, plants and containers, structures and furniture, ornament and water features, and lighting. An essential how-to manual and packed with lively ideas, you can use this book to transform your patio into a delightful personal space to give pleasure all year round.
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Autobiographical homes. This title deals with the houses architects design for themselves. The greatest challenge in designing homes is negotiating the delicate balance between aesthetics and the personal desires of the occupants. While it's important for the structure to reflect the vision and style of the architect, the client must ultimately feel at home beneath the roof. It is particularly interesting, therefore, to examine the homes that architects create for themselves. If houses reflect their owners' personalities, then architects' own homes are like autobiographies. Location, layout, style, lighting, artwork, furnishings - every detail adds color to the story. Each of these dwellings, presented A-Z by architect, speaks more about its designer than any other building possibly could.
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The old cottages of Britain are amongst the country's best-loved treasures. Threatened on all sides - whether by the dilapidation of woodworm and dry-rot or the schemes of planners and developers - they are fiercely protected by all those who live in (or simply dream of living in) a country cottage. Yet few have any idea about what life in a cottage was really like both within and outside our living memory."The Truth About Cottages" is a small classic - in the words of the "Sunday Times", 'required reading for cottage addicts; true scholarship, engrossing history and a real eye-opener for romantics.' It tells the remarkable story of cottage life since the seventeenth century, often using the words of the people who built the cottages or lived in them. For example, there is the instance of the horse that shared a nineteenth-century, single-room cottage with its twelve human inhabitants, as well as the documented tribulations of rural labourers and barefoot urban dwellers alike, whose homes were as unsanitary and cold as they were picturesque. The book goes further, to provide an informative illustrated guide to the fifty main types of cottage, dating from the fifteenth century. It remains the ideal companion for explorers of these gems.
Life in the woods. Creative cabin architecture. Ever since Henry David Thoreau's described his two years, two months, and two days of cabin existence at Walden Pond, Massachusetts in Walden or, Life in the Woods (1854), the idea of a refuge dwelling has seduced the modern psyche. In the past decade, as our material existence and environmental footprint has grown exponentially, architects around the globe have become particularly interested in the possibilities of the minimal, low-impact, and isolated abode. This new TASCHEN title, combining insightful text, rich photography and bright, contemporary illustrations by Marie-Laurc Cruschi, explores how this particular architectural type presents special opportunities for creative thinking. In eschewing excess, the cabin limits actual spatial intrusion to the bare essentials of living requirements, while in responding to its typically rustic setting, it foregrounds eco-friendly solutions. As such, the cabin comes to showcase some of the most inventive and forward-looking practice of contemporary architecture, with Renzo Piano, Terunobu Fujimori, Tom Kundig and many fresh young professionals all embracing such distilled sanctuary spaces. The cabins selected for this publication emphasize the variety of the genre, both in terms of usage and geography. From an artist studio on the Suffolk coast in England to eco-home huts in the Western Ghats region of India, this survey is as exciting in its international reach as it is in its array of briefs, clients, and situations. Constant throughout, however, is architectural innovation, and an inspiring sense of contemplation and coexistence as people return to nature and to a less destructive model of being in the world.
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This is a breathtaking collection of 30 uniquely stunning European houses. This lavish volume from the leading luxury home magazine offers a wealth of decorating ideas. Top designers and influential tastemakers share their secrets for creating breathtaking spaces. What makes a home exceptional, with an unforgettable sense of personality and passion? The answer shines through in this breathtaking collection of 30 uniquely stunning European houses, from France and Italy to Switzerland and Sweden. Following on the success of The Houses of Veranda and Veranda The Art of Outdoor Living, this lavish volume from the leading luxury shelter magazine offers a wealth of decorating ideas. Top designers and influential tastemakers share their secrets for creating breathtaking spaces unique to the owners' vision and style. Every interior feels fresh, every approach feels original, and every home feels unified by an incomparable sense of quality and elegance.
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This classic volume, now available at a lower price, showcases jet-set homes designed by the likes of Neutra, Frey, Lautner, and others. Palm Springs is famous as a mecca for the international jet set. But the city has also attracted its share of eccentrics and mavericks who have left an architectural legacy that remains unsurpassed for its originality and international influence. This book examines the impact that architects and designers have had on the desert oasis, primarily from the 1940s to the 1960s. Palm Springs Modern features examples of mid-century modernism at its most glamorous, some of them the residences of prominent figures who commissioned weekend getaways in the desert, including Frank Sinatra, Walter Annenberg, and Raymond Loewy. Adele Cygelman's insightful text, a foreword by architectural historian Joseph Rosa, contemporary colour photography by David Glomb, and the celebrated archival black-and-white work of Julius Shulman all capture the distinctly modern allure of America's famed desert playground.
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The New Sri Lankan House charts the development of private houses in the 21st century in a variety of locations around the island. Most are the work of home-grown architects, many of whom are indebted to the influence of the islands most famous son, Geoffrey Bawa. Through the inclusion of plans, sections and elevations, full-colour photographs and interviews with owners and architects, Powell traces the evolution of residence styles in both urban and rural areas. Of paramount importance are sustainability and suitability to site and climate, topics that Powell investigates in depth. Whether an architect, designer or simply somebody who enjoys looking at beautiful homes, The New Sri Lankan House will both educate and entertain.
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Japanese houses today have to contend with unique factors that condition their design, from tiny plots in crowded urban contexts to ever-present seismic threats. These challenges encourage their architects to explore alternating ideas of stability and ephemerality in various ways, resulting in spaces that are as fascinating as they are idiosyncratic. Their formal innovation and attention to materials, technology and measures to coax in light and air while maintaining domestic privacy make them cutting-edge residences that suggest new ways of being at home. Contemporary Japanese architecture has emerged as a substantial force on the international scene ever since Kenzo Tange won the Pritzker Prize in 1987. This overview of 50 recent houses powerfully demonstrates Japans enduring commitment to design innovation.
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From the Mediterranean to the Pacific Ocean and the tropical idylls of Southeast Asia, this book takes an international trip to the worlds most stunning waterside homes. Photographs of each house reveal its architecture, interior design and surroundings, while plans provide an additional layer of information. Dominic Bradbury tells the story of how the dwelling was sited to make the most of its location, how construction innovations were introduced, and how such solutions provide a comfortable space from which families can enjoy the great outdoors. Loosely grouped into three sections, all of these houses created by leading international architects and designers offer dazzling inspiration, wherever you are.
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House numbers are small things that appear quietly on the walls, gates and porches of our homes and places of work. They seem to have come from nowhere and are now taken for granted in everyday life. But house numbers have their own history - one that is retrieved, assembled and presented here, for the first time, in vivid images from around the world.House numbers started their lives in a grey area between the military, the tax authorities and early police forces. Anton Tantner's engaging, intriguingly quirky book is a chronicle of the house number, from its introduction in European towns in the eighteenth century through the spread of the numbering system in the nineteenth century to its global adoption today. It also reveals that there was often opposition to this convention - those living at their allotted addresses have not always been too happy about their houses being given numbers.House Numbers is full of original research and is extensively illustrated, with photographs showing historic house numbers and addresses, from the low - Nought, Strand-on-the-Green in London - to the high: 1819 Ruston, Louisiana. Its narrative will alter the way you walk around a city, as these seemingly minor, insignificant aspects of our houses and streets become links to a broad and fascinating history.
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An illustrated celebration of the work of forty contemporary architecture studios from around the world which specialise in house designs guided by different factors, with commentaries by the architects themselves. The result is a rich variety of architectural ideas and design solutions. Some celebrated influential architects are featured, alongside emerging talents. They have offices spread out across the world, promoting their ideals and visions, and creating works that have the power of suggestion and that inspire emotion. The participating architects - through some of their most notable works - offer their own theories, technical innovations and design contributions to the built environment. Each architect, in his or her particular way, thrives to offer design solutions that lead to society's progress and well-being. Architecture Today: Houses is a compilation of a rich variety of house designs influenced by different factors. For a truly faithful presentation of the projects, the architects themselves explain their work in their own words.
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When we think of a loft, we usually think of large open spaces with clearly visible remnants of their industrial origin, converted into homes. Distinguished by their high level of modernity and noteworthy contrasts, they tend to reflect the personalities of their owners more than any other type of construction. But, what happens when there is limited space? Is it possible to have a loft, with all its characteristics, in a space that measures less than 120 square metres? This book contains dozens of examples of small lofts from all over the world. They demonstrate that, even with severe space limitations, it is possible to achieve, maintain and even enhance the essence of a post-industrial New York loft. Of course, this requires the optimum combination of artistic sensibility and architectural ingenuity. In full colour throughout, with nearly 500 photographs.
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Georgia O'Keeffe spent almost 40 years of her life in the American Southwest. Her two houses in New Mexico; at Ghost Ranch and Abiquiu and the landscapes around them became essential elements in her paintings. The mountains and arroyos, the skulls and the Jimson weeds, a ladder against a wall, a door; all transformed by her genius into a quintessentially American art. Astonishingly, the history of these houses has never before been written. In this volume, Barbara Buhler Lynes and Agapita Judy Lopez create a vibrant picture of O'Keeffe at home. Drawing on O'Keeffe's correspondence, Lynes and Lopez set forth their fascinating story. An essay by architect Beverly Spears describes the distinctive characteristics of adobe architecture and its construction, and the many individuals involved with the house are identified. An appendix provides valuable information about the materials used in resorting the Abiquiu house. Photographs made especially for this book show the houses as they are today, plus dozens of photographs made by major photographers during her life show her living in the houses. Photographs of her painting and specific architectural components of the Abiquiu house are also included. These photographs and their accompanying texts offer for the first time a compelling picture of O'Keeffe's life in New Mexico, how each house satisfied different aspects of the artist's personal and professional needs and how O'Keeffe gradually transformed these Spanish Pueblo Revival style houses to reflect her modernist aesthetic.
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This stylish volume takes us high into the exclusive world of mountain chalets. These are sanctuaries from the over-scheduled and chaotic world below. Their interiors offer a welcoming and cosy space to relax or socialize after winter sports or alpine strolls. Most notable perhaps is the role landscape plays in the design of these dramatic dwellings. Set against hillside views and picturesque valleys, furniture, materials, and artwork take on new vitality - regardless of whether the style is rustic and traditional or altogether more sleek and modern. Yet, although varied in ambience, all these chalets share an awareness of texture, scale and light that creates a unifying sense of ease and grace.
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Gothic style transformed the urban landscape from the mid 19th century. In this new book, discover how leading architects reinterpreted Medieval buildings to create a dynamic style which spread from Victorian England to the other side of the Atlantic. In this full colour illustrated guide the author uses his own drawings and photographs to show the reader some of the leading buildings of the time, and explain how to identify the style on more ordinary houses and how to recognise the details inside and out which characterise it. Trevor Yorke is a hugely popular artist and writer about architectural themes. His books include British Architectural Styles; Georgian & Regency Houses Explained , and Art Deco House Styles.
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