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Get Your House Right: Architectural Elements to Use & Avoid Paperback – August 2, 2011
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[A]n important and much needed book.”--Sarah Susanka, FAIA, architect and author of The Not So Big series and Home by Design
Marianne Cusato translates architectural language into the vernacular and, by doing so, into the reach of the average consumer, where such knowledge is guaranteed to do the most good .this 'Rosetta stone' of design will guarantee Cusato a place in the history of twenty-first century American architecture.”-- The Philadelphia Inquirer
[Cusato] provides a vision of how we live together and build on our planet, and points out the consequences of flawed building practices not only to our environment, but to our spirit and our soul.”--Michael Lykoudis, Dean, University of Notre Dame School of Architecture
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Cusato is the author of two books: The Just Right Home: Buying, Renting, Moving...or Just Dreaming--Finding Your Perfect Match! (April 2013, Workman Publishing) and Get Your House Right, Architectural Elements to Use and Avoid, with Ben Pentreath, Richard Sammons and Leon Krier, foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales (January 2008, Sterling Publishing).
She is currently developing a new series of designs with Clayton Homes, a Warren Buffett/Berkshire Hathaway company. She's been a visiting professor at both The University of Notre Dame and The University of Miami and is a blogger for Huffington Post.
Cusato is well-known for her work on the Katrina Cottages. In 2006, her 308 s.f. cottage design won the Smithsonian Institute's Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum's "People's Design Award." That same year, Congress appropriated $400 million for an alternative emergency housing program, based on Cusato's designs. In 2006, she was ranked the No. 4 most influential person in the home building industry by Builder Magazine. In 2012, Cusato was voted one of the 30 Most Influential Women in the Housing Economy by HousingWire Magazine.
She and her work are featured often in the media including The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, Associated Press, Reuters, Forbes, Time magazine, The Week, InStyle Home, Fitness Magazine, Builder magazine, Architectural Record, ABC News, CNN, CNBC and NPR.
Cusato is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture and is based in Miami, FL.
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I started to think maybe it was just me.
Then I picked up this book, and there, just above the AVOID label that adorns many of the design examples in the book, was a pencil sketch of what could be a typical new-construction Naperville street.
Having read the book through -- and several parts twice -- I now understand what it was that was causing the rejection of this architecture by my inner voice: bad design. I have nailed down the specific elements in many actual houses that hurt the appearance of the house, that make it less -- much less -- than it could be.
And -- surprise! -- I found that the few houses I did like of the newer construction were properly designed to classical principles.
The book is an incredible achievement. Well-written, accessible, and with hundreds and hundreds of beautiful pencil sketches that clearly demonstrate the principles. Marianne Cusato is a young, brilliant and well-educated designer whose vision has been shaking the architecture world for several years. And she's all of 33 years old!
So get this book, read it through, and then have some fun. Start scanning front elevation drawings on house plan sites and see if you can spot the issues that keep each from being as welcoming, as home-y, as they could be.
We are embarking now on designing our own new home, and this book is by far the most important acquisition in our burgeoning design library.
Thanks, Marianne. We all owe you.
Modernism was embraced by America's cultural and business elites. However, most Americans have never bought into the modernist agenda. When it comes to homes, most new home buyers want houses built in traditional styles. Unfortunately, there has been a disconnect between what architects have been taught to design and what consumers wish to purchase. One need only drive through the streets of most American suburbs to see the numerous failed and often times grotesque attempts at traditional architecture.
Into this skills void steps Marianne Cusato. She is a product of Notre Dame's School Architecture, a program known for embracing traditional and classical architecture. "Get Your House Right" is a comprehensive guide to the architectural language of classicism. Through the use of nearly a thousand beautifully rendered pencil sketches, she shows both poorly and properly executed architectural details. In this relatively short book, Cusato tries to show other architects what they missed in their architectural studies.
I am not an architect. My hobby is looking at old houses. The value of this book is that it helps me understand why some houses work while others houses fail.Read more ›
The thing that makes this book exceptional are the illustrations. Thousands of the clearest sketches ever contained in a book, all expertly dovetailed with the text.
While this would have been my most cherished text in architecture school, it really excels for the practicing professional. Extremely practical. It shows how to design and build essential traditional house details like dormers, window and door trims, roofs, home entries, porches, chimneys, garage doors, bay windows, arches and more.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
How can you go wrong with an architecture book where the forward is written by Prince Charles? Yes, the Prince is a political imbecile. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Adam Wayne
Great book that talks about the correct way to do a colonial/federal/adam style home. Not great for anything else, so if you're looking for something on Victorian or Craftsman... Read morePublished 2 months ago by J. Holton
Clear, easy-to-follow illustrations. Posits a thorough understanding of classical design principles and why modern houses are just so darn ugly. Read morePublished 2 months ago by John Arnold
I poured over this book before we built our house. The advice at the beginning, for the planning stages, is VERY GOOD. Read morePublished 3 months ago by missypj
This should be a first year architecture school requirement.
If a designer get these basics of design wrong, run away fast!!!
There is nothing about contemporary residential architecture in this book.
Useful for older forms of residential architecture. Read more
Cusato does a pretty good job of reducing historical details to rules, however, too much of the book is about bad choices most would not choose rather than what is right.Published 5 months ago by David in Maine
Too technical for me. Thought it would be geared toward average people.Published 5 months ago by Boomers