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The Good Home: Interiors and Exteriors Hardcover – June 1, 2001

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About the Author

Dennis Wedlick is an award-winning architect whose work has been widely published in The New York Times and Architectural Digest. Philip Langdon is the author of numerous books and magazine articles on architecture and urban design issues.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill (June 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823020967
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823020966
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 9.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,184,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was well reviewed in the Washington Post, so I bought it.
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!
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This is a gorgeous book. The images are of extraordinary quality, and, like another reviewer commented, make one feel as though you're in the room. The text is, well, charming. And that's a good thing. This isn't a dry, academic tome, and the reader is engaged by the almost poetic descriptions. One really begins to think about what's being conveyed. My hat is off to authors Dennis Wedlick and Philip Langdon.

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.
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By A Customer on May 25, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I love it.
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.
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By A Customer on May 16, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The person who wrote that the houses seem impractical to live in does not know what they are talking about. I live in one of Dennis Wedlick's magical houses and I can attest to the fact that I find the space thoroughly livable and practical in addition to being inspiring. Every day in this house is a life-enriching joy and everyone who visits here comments on what a magnificent house it is. People leave here changed by the experience of the place. It is annoying when people write reviews about things they have no experience of whatsoever.
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Dennis is one of the most talented young architects in America. Anyone who has come into contact with his work, whether its been a real built home or an exhibit such as the ones put up in the Winter Garden at the WFC, Grand Central Station or the Mall of the Americas will walk away saying "that's really neat...I wish I could live like that for a day". Rarely has someone so gifted focused on designing and sharing those concepts with everyday people on budgets. Most architects with a quarter the talent are the ones that design impractical spaces for Wall Street budgets. Refer to the LIFE magazine house of the year series. Dennis' design is by far the most popular one built, in spite of trophy talent like Graves, and Stern sharing the winners circle. To the reader who said he was disappointed...think about this. The mere fact that Dennis' floor plans are in the book is invaluable....try buying a better floor plan for $50. That reader should stick to buying stock house plan magazines at the checkout counter.
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