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Creating a New Old House: Yesterday's Character for Today's Home (American Institute Architects) Hardcover – Bargain Price, November 15, 2003
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My husband and I really love this book. We have been able to visually resolve some ideas about mantels, flooring, and window styles to compliment our New England home. The side bars and floor plans are easy to follow. And notice how light plays in the interiors. Sumptuous!
(I just wish I could find an old stlye interior pattern book, complete with example photos, dates and locations. Hint, hint!)
Speaking of "authenticity," what's with spraying your stone with manure to make it look old? You just spent thousands upon thousands of dollars on beautiful stone walls and now you want to cultivate mildew on them? Just wait 10 years! Owners of REAL old homes have to spend money trying to get rid of mildew, so this strikes me as slightly insane. Other annoying aspects:
-Over and over again, he was describing in minute detail the various (imaginary) additions and renovations that the houses had been through as if they had really happened. This is hard to read and confusing.Read more ›
This is not a detailed "how to" book, but rather a book of ideas which delineates the tenets of good design which will stand the test of time. After devouring this book, the reader has a jumping off place--and should be able to explore the details that interest him through further research. It would be impossible to include the kinds of details some seem to want in one single book which is devoted to an explication of the idea of building a new old house.
I don't think anyone who buys this book will be disappointed---it's simply that terrific!
I read this book and as I embark on yet another new home building project feel a real sense of excitement. Time to find myself an architect who share's Versaci's enthusiasm for an authentic American architecture that is true to itself right down to the foundation.
If you are looking around your home and it appears visually shallow this book will be a real watershed for your vision of the "next" house. I bought several copies for friends who are looking at a possible "next" homes and it has really started them thinking in an all new way about their projects.
Nice book to look at and read.
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Great book in wonderful condition. Full of useful information on how to restore preserving the character of the place.Published 2 months ago by happy to shop at Amazon
This book is beautiful!
I'm happy that I got it in a few days, as I live in Brazil, I thought it would take long to arrive. But that didn't happen.
Very disappointing. Not at all what I expected. I returned it.Published 4 months ago by Mary Lou Ramm
In this wonderful book, widely acclaimed architect Russell Versaci tells the reader how to capture the character of an old house in a new house, tailored for today’s needs. Read morePublished 6 months ago by The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson
Would have loved the hardback that was unavailable, but the paperback was half the price. Awesome colours and themes.Published 6 months ago by Tman