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Looking at a building and seeing a building are two very different things. To truly understand traditional architecture you must train your eye to see the difference between the Dos and Don'ts. Steve Mouzon's beautifully illustrated book provides an essential resource for anyone seeking this knowledge." -- Marianne Cusato, Author
"... to see a town or a building through the eyes of a gifted architect like Steve Mouzon is to truly experience it ... this book is an inspiration to building our world better again ..." -- Kristen Payne, Southern Living
...absolutely essential ... a new town or new neighborhood is simply more profitable when the architecture is correct ..." -- Nathan Norris, Developer
"... the first book in my library and the only book I take into the field ..." -- James B. Wagnon, Jr., Historical Home Crafters, Inc.
This book explains, in layman's terms, the vague sense of unease we've all had with traditional architecture done incorrectly for the past half-century, and provides the tools for doing it right again. The first tool is a fully illustrated Lexicon of nearly 240 terms we should all know, but probably don't. It's hard to ask for something if you don't know what to call it. It's also hard to say it if you don't know how to pronounce it, so the Lexicon provides pronunciation of all of the words that are not obvious.
The primary tool, however, is a collection of 108 patterns illustrated as Dos and Don'ts with diagrams and photographs. These patterns represent the most common errors of traditional construction, and are the things we really need to start getting right if we hope to build more of the most-loved places again.
Excellent instructive book. Great for builders. The do's and don'ts photos are extremely helpful. I hand it out to key trades so they get what I'm concerned about.Published 7 months ago by John Hawley
While this book is not a textbook on classical architecture, it is the most useful book I've found for "jumping" into the middle of design projects and getting some clarity... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Carney L.
Great book, great details. If you're an architecture student or a working professional, this is one of the important books to have on your bookshelf if you have any value of... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Gpujic
Easy to understand. Reads like a step-by-step get it right book. Author likes her work and it shows. Worth reading.Published 14 months ago by Paul Hoeper
Excellent resource for design professionals. I reference it frequently because it is well organized by building system and supported with straight forward illustrations and photos. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Dan D.
If your interest is traditional styles of architecture, make sure you look into Get Your House Right. That's not a knock on this book, but I think Get Your House Right is better.Published 20 months ago by bill cole
This is an informative book. It is mostly pictures. I would describe it as excellent coffee table or bathroom reading. Read morePublished 20 months ago by E. Downey
I take this book with me into the field when I am doing Historic Pres work or doing an architectural makeover for a client. Read morePublished 20 months ago by AZ