4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2009
It is a wonderful start to show what Yankees can do to develop a regional modern architecture to match the North West's. Some examples in less spacious surroundings would be nice, in a village context, but still the examples are a wonderful mixture of Cape Cod, Shaker, and Arts and Crafts. A few wall sections would be nice, but the book's layouts a good. In a time of smaller, and more energy efficient home this is where regional residential architecture is going.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 25, 2011
I liked this book and how the author explains the philosophy behind the Estes-Twombly homes. I was drawn to this clean, unpretentious style by looking at some of their work in the books of Sarah Susanka, and wanted to see more. The photographs are clear and well chosen. I think it's wonderful how they take the New England/Northeast traditions and use them to build modern, easy-to-live-in homes. I was left wanting to hire them to design my home, wehenever that may be.
I particularly liked how the drawings showed how the houses sat in relationship to their lot. I could see why they were oriented in this or that direction. I'm only giving the book four stars because I would have very much appreciated text going with the drawings (labels, such as "living room" "bedroom, etc) as well as the actual square footage of these homes. As there was no text accompanying the photograph pages, it was sometimes not easy to picture the flow of the homes.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2010
Any library strong in architectural history needs Yankee Modern: The Houses of Estes/Twombly. It packs in nearly two decades of work produced by a Rhode Island-based firm that builds modestly sized and geometrically precise homes unique to New England locales. From sliding barn doors to standing-seam metal roofs, these are outstanding displays of originality and choice and powerful picks for any architectural collection.