Get Your House Right

Get Your House Right Author Marianne Cusato
ISBN-10 1402791038
Year 2011-08
Pages 257
Language en
Publisher Sterling Publishing Company Incorporated
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The designer of the Gulf Coast rebuilt Katrina Cottages offers the “dos” and “don'ts” of livable home design, explaining how to build a beautiful, timeless home that relies on structural common sense, neighborhood appropriateness and sustainability. Original.

Creating a New Old House

Creating a New Old House Author Russell Versaci
ISBN-10 1561587923
Year 2007-01-01
Pages 218
Language en
Publisher Taunton Press
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Explains how to transform a new home by adding character and authentic detailing by incorporating elements of traditional style that offer a sense of place without sacrificing comfort or the convenience of a new house. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.

Sustainable Transportation Planning

Sustainable Transportation Planning Author Jeffrey Tumlin
ISBN-10 9780470540930
Year 2012-01-24
Pages 310
Language en
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
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"Written in clear, easy-to-follow language, this book provides planning practitioners with the tools they need to achieve their cities' economic development, social equity and ecological sustainability goals. The book begins with criticism of conventional transportation practice, noting how the profession's usual tools have exacerbated rather than solved the congestion problems they were designed to address. More importantly, past practice has made transportation the biggest single producer of CO2 emissions in North America"--

Building an Affordable House

Building an Affordable House Author Fernando Pages Ruiz
ISBN-10 1561585963
Year 2005
Pages 202
Language en
Publisher Taunton Press
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A comprehensive guide to quality but low-cost building techniques and materials outlines an economical approach for building a new structure or adding on to an existing one, and includes floor plans, resource listings, and project management tools. Original. 20,000 first printing.

The Just Right Home

The Just Right Home Author Marianne Cusato
ISBN-10 9780761176831
Year 2013-04-12
Pages 384
Language en
Publisher Workman Publishing
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Thirty-seven million Americans move during any given year. Millions more think about it. They all want the same thing—a perfect place to live. But most of us have only the vaguest idea of what makes us happy, home-wise, and don’t even know all the questions to ask. That’s where Marianne Cusato comes in. One of the most influential people in the home-building industry, designer of the Katrina Cottages, and go-to authority for the media on issues related to housing, she’s written a comprehensive, interactive guide to finding the just right home. This is the book that answers the plea she hears every time she gives a speech—“I wish I’d talked to you before buying my house!” By leading the reader through every step of choosing a home—from the broad strokes, such as city vs. suburb and buy vs. rent, to specific details of energy use and building materials—The Just Right Home helps readers understand not only what they want in a home but what they need. It shows why proximity—to work, to stores, to schools—trumps location, and what the difference means. Why a property’s live-in value is greater than its resale value. How to identify and assess the big three variables: function, cost, delight. How to get a realistic grip on budget, including factoring in maintenance costs. How to plan for future needs—children moving out, a parent moving in, or just growing old in a home. Why all square feet are not created equal. The ins and outs of zonings, covenants, home-owner associations. The five elements to look for when walking through a property. How much to pay an inspector. And so much more. Filled with sidebars, boxes, examples, anecdotes, and cheat sheets, it’s the book that helps readers answer all their questions about where to live and what to live in.

Traditional Construction Patterns

Traditional Construction Patterns Author Stephen Mouzon
ISBN-10 0071416323
Year 2004-10-11
Pages 294
Language en
Publisher McGraw Hill Professional
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* A hands-on, well-illustrated reference that helps architects and contractors avoid making common errors in traditional construction details * Graphical approach allows users to quickly visualize design solutions * Lists the rules-of-thumb for each detail, and correct and incorrect examples of how to design or construct each detail

American House Styles

American House Styles Author John Milnes Baker
ISBN-10 0393323250
Year 2002-07-01
Pages 190
Language en
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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How and where did different architectural styles develop? America has an abundance of fascinating and varied house styles, as fascinating and diverse as its people.

Designing Your Perfect House

Designing Your Perfect House Author William J. Hirsch
ISBN-10 9780979882036
Year 2008
Pages 239
Language en
Publisher Designing Your Perfect House
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"Designing Your Perfect House, I> is ideal for navigating the often mystifying process of house design and building. It's full of sage advice from a master architect about how to design the perfect home. Presented in 12 lessons, this text moves from wonderful concepts to a finished dream home.

The Elements of Style

The Elements of Style Author Stephen Calloway
ISBN-10 UVA:X004092976
Year 1996
Pages 568
Language en
Publisher Simon & Schuster
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Examines the details of architectural styles from 1485 to 1996, and provides a directory of suppliers and biographical data on select architects and designers.

A Field Guide to American Houses

A Field Guide to American Houses Author Virginia Savage McAlester
ISBN-10 9780385353878
Year 2015-07-29
Pages 880
Language en
Publisher Knopf
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For the house lover and the curious tourist, for the house buyer and the weekend stroller, for neighborhood preservation groups and for all who want to know more about their community -- here, at last, is a book that makes it both easy and pleasurable to identify the various styles and periods of American domestic architecture. Concentrating not on rare landmarks but on typical dwellings in ordinary neighborhoods all across the United States -- houses built over the past three hundred years and lived in by Americans of every social and economic background -- the book provides you with the facts (and frame of reference) that will enable you to look in a fresh way at the houses you constantly see around you. It tells you -- and shows you in more than 1,200 illustrations -- what you need to know in order to be able to recognize the several distinct architectural styles and to understand their historical significance. What does that cornice mean? Or that porch? That door? When was this house built? What does its style say about the people who built it? You'll find the answers to such questions here. This is how the book works: Each of thirty-nine chapters focuses on a particular style (and its variants). Each begins with a large schematic drawing that highlights the style's most important identifying features. Additional drawings and photographs depict the most common shapes and the principal subtypes, allowing you to see at a glance a wide range of examples of each style. Still more drawings offer close-up views of typical small details -- windows, doors, cornices, etc. -- that might be difficult to see in full-house pictures. The accompanying text is rich in information about each style -- describing in detail its identifying features, telling you where (and in what quantity) you're likely to find examples of it, discussing all of its notable variants, and revealing its origin and tracing its history. In the book's introductory chapters you'll find invaluable general discussions of house-building materials and techniques ("Structure"), house shapes ("Form"), and the many traditions of architectural fashion ("Style") that have influenced American house design through the past three centuries. A pictorial key and glossary help lead you from simple, easily recognized architectural features -- the presence of a tile roof, for example -- to the styles in which that feature is likely to be found. This eBook edition has been optimized for screen.

The Old Way of Seeing

The Old Way of Seeing Author Jonathan Hale
ISBN-10 UOM:39015032180385
Year 1994
Pages 241
Language en
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Demonstrating the ideas that make great architecture possible, an architectural critic charts the course of the art, showing how architects lost their sure course around 1830 and explaining how to recapture the basics that can improve our visual environment.

Architecture for the Poor

Architecture for the Poor Author Hassan Fathy
ISBN-10 0226239144
Year 2010-02-15
Pages 366
Language en
Publisher University of Chicago Press
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Architecture for the Poor describes Hassan Fathy's plan for building the village of New Gourna, near Luxor, Egypt, without the use of more modern and expensive materials such as steel and concrete. Using mud bricks, the native technique that Fathy learned in Nubia, and such traditional Egyptian architectural designs as enclosed courtyards and vaulted roofing, Fathy worked with the villagers to tailor his designs to their needs. He taught them how to work with the bricks, supervised the erection of the buildings, and encouraged the revival of such ancient crafts as claustra (lattice designs in the mudwork) to adorn the buildings.

Musings of an Energy Nerd

Musings of an Energy Nerd Author Martin Holladay
ISBN-10 1631862561
Year 2016-01-05
Pages 240
Language en
Publisher
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In this fascinating collection of postings from his popular “Musings of an Energy Nerd” blog, Green Building Advisor's Martin Holladay cuts through the hype and myths about energy efficiency, sustainability, and green building to present the very best ways to make your home more energy efficient. Martin Holladay has been making weekly postings to his “Musings of an Energy Nerd” blog on Green Building Advisor since January 2009. Along the way, he has gathered a devoted following of “energy nerds” who await his weekly musings with rapt anticipation. For the first time, the 50 most popular postings have been assembled in book form to give homeowners a great opportunity to live a more energy-efficient life in their homes. The book begins with an overview of energy priorities, and a discussion of what we mean by terms likegreen and sustainable. Martin presents several options for energy upgrades for an existing house (from replacing windows to adding superinsulation) before looking at ways to improve the energy efficiency of a new house. Separate chapters follow on HVAC, domestic hot water, appliances, and renewable energy, before the book wraps up with an eye-opening chapter on useless products, scams, and myths (including Martin's list of “Stupid Energy-Saving Tips”).