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Mascord Efficient Living Hardcover – February 25, 2008
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About the Author
Alan Mascord Design Associates, Inc. is one of the nation s leading home plan design companies with businesses centering on designing custom homes, stock home plans, and providing marketing and technical support to clients in the United States and around the world. For over 30 years, our deep-rooted commitment to architectural excellence is what has made us a trusted name among builders, consumers, and even among our competitors. This commitment also drives our company s innovation. Our capable staff of designers is dedicated to studying the latest trends while securing and applying the latest technologies. Our goal is that each of our aesthetically pleasing homes has a clear, thorough set of plans to back it up plans that are easy to understand and that avoid needless material waste. In addition, we strive to make our plans livable and practical, yet one-of-a-kind. We are committed to making your experience of buying and building a home an easy one. To that end, Alan Mascord Design Associates provides over 500 stock plans in a wide range of styles from single-family homes, to multifamily dwellings, to detached garage plans. Our active custom design business serves clients with specific and unique desires. To your relief, you ll find that our assistance doesn t stop with the plan sale. Our dedicated technical and design staff is available to answer questions and offer support throughout the building process. We take pride in our commitment to developing beautiful, buildable homes. All this, so that when you discover an Mascord home plan, you truly discover the experience of ease and excellence.
Top customer reviews
I loved the home designs in Mascord's book. Seeing that you can have utility along with attractive design is something that gets me excited about the process of "going green". It's a process of growth & discovery for me, and reading this book has shed some light on the process of efficient living. As an individual, I realize that what I do now and what I do in the future will make a definite impact on the earth and on the quality of our collective environment.
Thanks Alan Mascord for helping me to figure out how I can make the changes necessary to have a more sustainable lifestyle.
Before anyone considers building a new home, this book ought to be read. It does not preach, but rather presents the choices available and reasoning behind them. From selecting land on which to build, to siting the home, building it, furnishing, landscaping and maintaining it - the book gives good information in a clear and simple manner.
The author writes in a comfortable style, which is easy to follow. It is not overly technical, but does provide enough information on the topics it covers to understand most of the choices facing the homeowner/builder and why they are relevant. The sections on energy savings and water conservation are especially usefull, but other sections cover information you may not have considered but which actually make a big difference to the sustainability of your home.
From a practicality standpoint, the book is full of examples of homes that are scored on a clever rating system which indicates how conducive the design is to gaining certification through a nationally recognized standard, such as LEED for Homes.
You can order plans and actually construct any of the homes presented in the book, or from their website, and they will be detailed and specified to meet the sustainability target of your choice - from Energy Star compliance, all the way to certified to LEED or NAHB standards. This is quite likely the best and most diverse available set of ready-to-build plans that can be built certifiably green that are available anywhere.
Pop the included CD Rom into your computer and experience many of these plans in 3D! In fact, a great piece of software called Google Sketchup is included, which allows you to explore the 3D models, and even change them. Open a 3D model of a kitchen and then swap out various appliances provided by the Whirlpool Corporation, so you can see how they will fit your needs. Once you get the hang of it, you can even model your own kitchen and see how new appliance will fit in.
Completing the package of book and CD is a website that extends the information, including hundreds more plans to choose from, and loads of update information. It is hard to believe all this is provided at such a reasonable price. Do yourself a favor - get this book, before you build your house. You will surely find something here that will make you glad you did it.
All the plans are beautifully drawn, and presented in a clear and concise manner. What's more, all the plans presented, when purchased from Mascord, come detailed and ready to build to nationally recognised standards, which sure makes building our home easier!
The foreword to the book was written by Sarah Susanka, who also wrote the Not-So-Big-House series of books. Sarah has done some amazing work with regards to sustainable building practices, and I'm sure she would not put her name to a project that she did not deem worthy. Indeed, her foreword talks of furhter collaboration with Alan Mascord on some of his home design projects. I hope they publish those soon, I can't wait!
Complete with interactive CD-ROM, Efficient Living allows readers to fully envision homes in 3D, something the conceptually challenged (like me) can well appreciate. The home plans range from tiny to substantial and include an "Efficient Living Rating" that allows readers to evaluate the homes' expected performances when built with standard details. (I've already picked out my favorite.) A forward by Sarah Susanka, the guru of efficient living, just adds icing to this delicious morsel of a green-building guide. Sure to become a classic in home-building books.