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The Good Home: Interiors and Exteriors Hardcover – June 1, 2001
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Top Customer Reviews
Gorgeous photos and floorplans without measurements are shown for 13 houses, ranging from small to medium size, but all expensive.
The best thing about the book is that it discusses what makes a residence interesting to live in and beautiful to look at. It gave me some things to think about when I design my next house.
The worst part, normal for architect designs, is that closets and bathrooms are small or few or both. No rooms have TV sets or any clutter. You couldn't live in the house as shown.
But it is a feast of good and beautiful ideas!
But foremost is the rare talent of Wedlick. There are many bad architects out there, and the global built fabric has been significantly diminished these past five decades by Bad Modernism (as opposed to the rare Good Modernism). More rare these past five decades are architects conversant with a language of tradition. Even rarer still are architects who work this ancient language with skill, humor, and economy of line. Wedlick, like Sir John Soane, knows how to break the "rules" without ever descending into silliness.
The crisp plans reveal an impressive attention to compact arrangements, and offer a rebuke to the needless Bigger Is Better phenomenon that has swept America. Wedlick is unusually adept at making sense from complicated geometry (notably with his star-shaped house). His ability to work with both a language of tradition AND modernism is remarkable, and it's to his credit that he has deftly maintained a foot in these opposing camps. The built world would be infinitely improved if more architects kept their feet engaged as such!
My only complaints are:
1) The plans are grouped at the end, forcing one to flip back and forth while reading about a house.
2) Some highlighted houses don't have plans!
3) No site plans are included.
4) There's almost no information about Wedlick. One yearns to know more about the man, his practice, and clients.
These concerns do not offset my giving the book five stars.
This book is a great companion book to other "home design" books in my library. It explains why houses can be both practical and personal. Each house illustrated is unique, filled with ideas that everyone wants: cozy window seats, great fireplaces, nooks, and built-ins for strorage throughout. Every room is flooded with light from huge windows and open floor plans. (Plans are illustrated in back!)
The photography is so amazing you feel your are in the rooms. There are renderings and details throughout.
I also enjoyed reading about the stories of each of the homeowners. Their houses are not-too-big, and yet are filled with character and fun at every turn. (They look affordable too.)
I highly recommend this book to anyone who dreams of a new house or renovating their current house into a personal "soulfull" house.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The author has a lot of the same design theories as Sarah Susanka (the Not So Big series books), he just uses different terminology. Read morePublished on March 12, 2012 by Heidi
I Am an Optimist but I Am also a Realist, some people would give something in the road dead a good review but there are some things nothing good can be said about it. Read morePublished on October 14, 2003 by Steve Thompson
This is an enjoyable book. It consists of photo spreads of several homes by the architect author, with explanatory text. Read morePublished on August 31, 2003 by misterbeets
I had read glowing reviews of this book and expected more than I got when I read it myself. Disappointment is often a function of expectations and reality being out of synch and I... Read morePublished on February 11, 2002 by dimmerswitch