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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Bassenia/Lagoni Architects (January 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972153926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972153928
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 10.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bassenian/Lagoni Architects of Newport Beach, California, is one of the most active and influential residential design firms in California, the United States and abroad. In a recent survey of the top residential architectural firms in California, BLA was ranked #1 in Orange County, Los Angeles County, San Diego County and the San Francisco Bay Area. The firm also engages in major residential projects in such cities as Sacramento, Denver, Seattle, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Baltimore, Atlanta, Orlando and Tampa, as well as major new developments in China, Thailand, Dubai, India and Pakistan. Authors of the bestselling PURE CALIFORNIA: 35 Inspiring Houses in the New California Tradition, BLA has won numerous national and regional design awards and competitions. Aram Bassenian, AIA, a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley School of Architecture and founder and chairman of the firm, is a noted speaker at housing design and industry functions and is a regular contributor to Professional Builder Magazine. He and his company have been credited for bringing a new sense of style and grace to production housing in the United States.

Customer Reviews

To me it's just a bit too glossy though.
A McGough-Drumm
Wonderful book, great ideas, pictures if you are building a tuscan home or remodeling one.
Henry C. Rutgers
The houses are beautiful, the decoration is very tasteful, and the pictures are great.
Teri Bonilla

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Todd N. Teta on February 17, 2005
Format: Hardcover
If you are at all interested in California Tuscan style architecture, this book is clearly the only one on the market that details what production and custom builders and architects are doing in the market today. It has great detail on materials and design that will help any homebuyer distinguish California Tuscan style. The Andulusian part of the part covers California Andulusian in the same or great level of detail.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazonian on February 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The Lagoni/Bassenian team knows how to put together unique Tuscan design with a domestic flair. I have purchased most of the other Tuscan design books currently available, and this book is one of the best. Complete color photographs make it easy to imagine. Gorgeous just to use as a coffee table book even if you are not using it for ideas! I LOVE this book! Their other book, Pure California, is also worth the money. These guys know what they are doing, and with class! BRAVO!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Arda Karakashian on August 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I love this book. I was looking for Spanish influenced floor plans and this book is great. It gave me a lot of ideas. Pictures and floor plans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A McGough-Drumm on May 21, 2007
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This book is beautifully presented and features some truly amazing HUGE American houses. To me it's just a bit too glossy though. The golden lighting and hosed down grounds and roads to make everything that little bit more shiny goes against the gritty, rustic, traditional houses I was looking for from Tuscany and Andalusia.

If you're looking to build a house, there's some great floor plans and architectural notes though.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JLynn on April 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
If you appreciate Tuscan design, you will love this book. From start to finish, the pages are filled with beautiful pictures of incredible homes. The photos are taken in a way that you are able to take in all the details. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys seeing beautiful architecture and design.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Royal on July 31, 2013
Format: Paperback
Whether you like this book will likely hinge on whether you enjoy the style of these architects. They refer to the style as "Pure California." It is specific to four season living. These would not function as well in more northern climates.

The homes are presented fully furnished and decorated. So the look is highly finished. I'd love for them to have included bare wall photos so you could see the spaces without the improvements of the all the coordinated furnishings.

There are 16 finished homes highlighted. 14 of them have floor plans. There are three "On the Board" projects, two homes (floor plan & elevation sketches), and a golf resort with artist renderings and an overall site plan. No actual floor plans.

So basically there are 18 (NOT 20) "Beautiful Homes Inspired By Old World Architecture."
I deduct one star, because the authors can't count--and it is a marketing lie. Not a deception, an outright lie.

The book is heavily photographic. Every page contains large and full page photos or a color floor plan.

There is repetition amongst the designs, and you can see some style choices repeating. The open run from kitchen to dining to living/great room appears in multiple plans. But you can also see the variances they introduce unique bits to each.

Overall, I love the look and character of these homes.

In case you are wondering... Homes & Courtyards (28, nope 27, Beautifully Designed Homes For Outdoor Living) doesn't contain any repetitions. They feature homes from some of the same communities, with the same style, but they are different residences.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Salvatore Ventimiglia on February 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
First of all, let me say this: this book is great. It has a lot of informations, with floor plans and all. But the pictures...it's so depressing. They should have hired a better photographer. The pictures of the houses in this book certainly don't reflect the beauty of the architecture. Too bad.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Isis L. Primus on March 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I truly love interior design, and this is one book that is beautifully done. I'm so very pleased with adding this book to my design collection. I highly recommend this one to anyone that would like more ideas and dreams for their homes.

Love It!
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