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Product Details

  • Paperback: 52 pages
  • Publisher: Plain Paper Press; James Hardie edition (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976025086
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976025085
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.1 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,123,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Marianne Cusato is an expert in the field of architectural design. Her work focuses on the elements of good design in homes and communities, and how design effects the quality of our lives and the sustainability of the earth's resources.

Ranked the No. 4 most influential person in the home-building industry in Buildermagazine's annual "Power On 50" list, Cusato and her design principles are changing the landscape of the housing industry. This book was written in partnership with James Hardie, Inc., the world s leading manufacturer of fiber-cement building materials and creator of educational resources that help builders, developers and city officials build better, more sustainable communities.

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Marianne Cusato is a designer, author and lecturer in the fields of real estate trends and housing. Her messages speak to the ever-changing needs of homeowners striving to balance the practical requirements of economy and durability with the desire to love where we live.

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Ellison on March 7, 2010
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This book is a must for any designer that designs spaces, homes, commercial buildings - development of any kind! The authors have a very simple and effective way of laying the foundation for good design, and then providing examples of how to apply this design in real life. They hit the nail on the head with this one. I am a real estate agent doing 3D design on the side. I will be using this as a pre-meeting "homework" reading handout for any of my clients as it will help set the stage for a successful and efficient process through the design stage.

I wish every designer would be forced to read this before they get a job in this industry. The world would be a much better place for everyone!

Congratulations Marianne Cusato on another winning book about design and architecture!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin A. Dupuy on November 23, 2008
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For developers and planners seeking enlightened yet practical advice on building communities and homes in ways that maximize design, function, and savings, Marianne Cusato's "The Value of Design" is truly a must-have.

Don't make the mistake of passing up the opportunity to benefit from Ms. Cusato's valuable insight.

As a developer or planner, you and your clients will be very glad you bought this $15.00 book!
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Good overview of principles for the design of our communities. This booklet can be previewed in its entirety on the James Hardie website (click on Design tab > Value of Design).

For a detailed primer on house design principles, check out her excellent book Get Your House Right.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Harrington on June 13, 2009
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I bought this book hoping it would give me more concrete design ideas than it did. I almost sent it back when I realized that it was published by a building products manufacturer whose products were highlighted in the text. Although a bit of a shill for JamesHardie, Cusato relates a few good basic principles that a novice might learn from. And there are examples of laugh-out-loud-awful McMansions in styles that can be found in suburbs across the nation that made it worth keeping.
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