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Building a Timeless House in an Instant Age Hardcover – August 1, 2014
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“Hull takes readers through the evolution of our views on home construction: what was once valued and what is valued now. He reminds us that the ultimate embodiment of craftsmanship and rustic know-how is a well-built house. A construction veteran in the world of historic restoration, Hull is also a gifted writer of (better than) workmanlike prose. His narrative voice is clean and accessible; a more inspired, lyrical language sometimes arises when he broaches a topic (such as the Derby Summerhouse) that truly excites him. Part call to action, part exploration of technique, the result is a persuasive and enjoyable reminder that our homes are reflections of ourselves.” – Kirkus Reviews
''With this book, Brent Hull adds skilled story teller to his background as an expert on molding, trained hands-on preservationist, and builder of new houses. Building a Timeless House in an Instant Age is an engrossing history of house design and construction that prepares you to create your own home. It will sharpen your skills as an architectural time sleuth--and make your travel, house watching, and home building far more interesting.'' --Virginia Savage McAlester, Author, A Field Guide to American Houses, second edition
''In Building a Timeless House in an Instant Age, master builder Brent Hull brings to life the complex story of the rise and fall of craft and posits a better future grounded in timeless ways of building. As one who has been at the forefront of restoring building crafts to their rightfully central position in today's building processes, Brent is uniquely qualified to tell this fascinating story.'' --Christine G. H. Franck, Director, Contemporary Traditional Architecture Initiatives, College of Architecture and Planning, University of Colorado Denver
''Each of Brent Hull's books has been a treat for me to read, and Building a Timeless House is no exception. A seasoned contractor, a master of moldings and architectural styles, and passionate about craftsmanship, Brent shares his own personal job-site stories and, along the way, teaches us lessons that might otherwise be lost. We need voices like Brent Hull's to remind us who we are, where we came from, and how to get to where we need to go.'' --Gary Katz, Publisher, THISisCarpentry.com