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Get Your House Right: Architectural Elements to Use & Avoid Paperback – August 2, 2011
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[A]n important and much needed book.”--Sarah Susanka, FAIA, architect and author of The Not So Big series and Home by Design
Marianne Cusato translates architectural language into the vernacular and, by doing so, into the reach of the average consumer, where such knowledge is guaranteed to do the most good .this 'Rosetta stone' of design will guarantee Cusato a place in the history of twenty-first century American architecture.”-- The Philadelphia Inquirer
[Cusato] provides a vision of how we live together and build on our planet, and points out the consequences of flawed building practices not only to our environment, but to our spirit and our soul.”--Michael Lykoudis, Dean, University of Notre Dame School of Architecture
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I started to think maybe it was just me.
Then I picked up this book, and there, just above the AVOID label that adorns many of the design examples in the book, was a pencil sketch of what could be a typical new-construction Naperville street.
Having read the book through -- and several parts twice -- I now understand what it was that was causing the rejection of this architecture by my inner voice: bad design. I have nailed down the specific elements in many actual houses that hurt the appearance of the house, that make it less -- much less -- than it could be.
And -- surprise! -- I found that the few houses I did like of the newer construction were properly designed to classical principles.
The book is an incredible achievement. Well-written, accessible, and with hundreds and hundreds of beautiful pencil sketches that clearly demonstrate the principles. Marianne Cusato is a young, brilliant and well-educated designer whose vision has been shaking the architecture world for several years. And she's all of 33 years old!
So get this book, read it through, and then have some fun. Start scanning front elevation drawings on house plan sites and see if you can spot the issues that keep each from being as welcoming, as home-y, as they could be.
We are embarking now on designing our own new home, and this book is by far the most important acquisition in our burgeoning design library.
Thanks, Marianne. We all owe you.
Modernism was embraced by America's cultural and business elites. However, most Americans have never bought into the modernist agenda. When it comes to homes, most new home buyers want houses built in traditional styles. Unfortunately, there has been a disconnect between what architects have been taught to design and what consumers wish to purchase. One need only drive through the streets of most American suburbs to see the numerous failed and often times grotesque attempts at traditional architecture.
Into this skills void steps Marianne Cusato. She is a product of Notre Dame's School Architecture, a program known for embracing traditional and classical architecture. "Get Your House Right" is a comprehensive guide to the architectural language of classicism. Through the use of nearly a thousand beautifully rendered pencil sketches, she shows both poorly and properly executed architectural details. In this relatively short book, Cusato tries to show other architects what they missed in their architectural studies.
I am not an architect. My hobby is looking at old houses. The value of this book is that it helps me understand why some houses work while others houses fail.Read more ›
The thing that makes this book exceptional are the illustrations. Thousands of the clearest sketches ever contained in a book, all expertly dovetailed with the text.
While this would have been my most cherished text in architecture school, it really excels for the practicing professional. Extremely practical. It shows how to design and build essential traditional house details like dormers, window and door trims, roofs, home entries, porches, chimneys, garage doors, bay windows, arches and more.
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One of my favorite home design reference manuals. The "Do This" and "Avoid That" side by side illustrations are enormously helpful for someone who loves... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Jason Hendricks
A must read for anyone about to build a house, whether you're a homeowner, builder, or designer (especially this person). Read morePublished 1 month ago by Hien Ngo
Just what the handyman needs to bring his (her's) house into architectural compliance. Get those proportions right using this book.Published 2 months ago by Travis Horton
This book has in the short time I've owned been an excellent resource. The book starts off with a little bit of Architecture 101. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Joshua Dee
Yes, this is the resource you want if you are building a house or are simply curious about good house design. Bonus, it is easy to understand AND entertaining. Read morePublished 4 months ago by ARB
How can you go wrong with an architecture book where the forward is written by Prince Charles? Yes, the Prince is a political imbecile. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Adam Wayne
Great book that talks about the correct way to do a colonial/federal/adam style home. Not great for anything else, so if you're looking for something on Victorian or Craftsman... Read morePublished 8 months ago by J. Holton
Clear, easy-to-follow illustrations. Posits a thorough understanding of classical design principles and why modern houses are just so darn ugly. Read morePublished 8 months ago by John Arnold
I poured over this book before we built our house. The advice at the beginning, for the planning stages, is VERY GOOD. Read morePublished 8 months ago by missypj