The key to creating a house that is memorable, satisfying, and enduring is to apply a group of design concepts--or "patterns"--that focus on the experience of being in a home. In this groundbreaking work, internationally respected architects Max Jacobson, Murray Silverstein, and Barbara Winslow present the ten essential patterns that shape and define a well-crafted home. Patterns explore the presence of light, the relationship between indoors and out, the flow through rooms, and the feel of one space as you are sitting in another. Clearly written and profusely illustrated with houses from all over the country, "Patterns of Home," brings the timeless lessons of residential design to anyone seeking inspiration and direction in the design or remodel of a home. The patterns described in the book can make the difference between a home that satisfies only the material needs of the owners and one that captures the essence of home.
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This is a pleasant alternative to the developers' narrow selection. So dream a little. Look at examples from different parts of the U.S., using breezeways, unique placements of stairs, entry doors, and auto parking. See how different architects dealt with lot shape, natural features (like streams), and homes built on a sloping lot. If you are fascinated by a home around a courtyard, Pages 55-71 discuss indoor/outdoor living through use of large doors, plantings, and patios. Besides the numerous photos, there are planviews of the room arrangements. Some examples are remodels which preserve a historic look. Be aware that the dramatic ceilings, window views, or walkways can not be grafted onto standard designs. They require detailed integration with A/C, wiring, insulation, and structural members to avoid contractor misunderstandings. I agree with other reviewers that Susanka communicates better.
I am a huge fan of Christopher Alexander's The Timeless Way of Building and I ordered this book without knowing that it was written by several of his disciples. It was a pleasant surprise when I discovered that this book brings to life Alexander's fundamental premise that living spaces can be created when positive patterns are repeated. Admittedly, I'm often sucked in by many books with great pictures and I never really get down to reading the text from cover to cover. This book is different. Not only is there wonderful visual reference, but the copy does a thorough job of explaining the reasoning behind the architectural decisions. I love this book.
I liked this book agreat deal. It provides a vocabulary to describe the elements that make a good design. It is well organized and the concepts are easy to understand. I can now go into houses I like and don't like and identify why, as well as what I want to incorporate into our remodel. I followed this book up with Home by Design by Susanka. While organized differently, the latter uses many of the same concepts, and is a good companion volume. On the basis of reviews here, I bought "A Pattern Language". I think it is best appreciated after having looked at one of the two described above.
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