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The Mooresville Collection Spiral-bound – 2007
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The Mooresville Collection is Steve & Wanda Mouzon's original collection of house plans. It is named in honor of Mooresville, Alabama, a tiny planters’ hamlet just a stone’s throw from the Tennessee River that, while not excellent enough to be nationally renowned, nonetheless inspired them to believe that if our ancestors could do better, we could do better, too. Many of the plans in the Mooresville Collection are Large Houses and Mansions, although some smaller plans are sprinkled through the collection. Most are designed to be built of brick, and they tend to be more classical than most of the plans in the other Mouzon collections. Steve & Wanda are a husband-and-wife design team based in Miami Beach. They are New Urbanists, so their work is designed for traditional neighborhoods, whether new or old, where the streetscapes are beautiful and you can walk to all your daily needs if you want to. Places like the corner store, restaurants, coffee shops, news stands, offices, parks, church buildings, and even the school, the gym, and the general store can often be just a short walk away from home in a traditional neighborhood. Steve is also one of the pioneers of the Katrina Cottages movement.
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Aside from the absent Chapter 14, there is good reading here about how to build a house that will stand the test of time both in design and materials. You know the Golden Mean, the square root of 2 and all that. Mouzon also promotes the outdoor room in his courtyard plans and goes about telling you how to achieve an inviting space that you will use and not just observe. Mouzon also belongs to the New Urbanist movement and has been involved in the planning and design of many "new traditional" towns. Think Seaside, FL. Many of the plans in this book would be right at home in the more densely packed planned communities that seem to be popping up around the country. There are a few monster plans, some over 6,000 square feet, that may appeal to the gated community crowd, and while large, they evoke the same good design that attracts many people to Mouzon. I have been looking at house plans long enough to know that this architect has all the qualities in his designs that I am looking for, and maybe that is why I was somewhat disappointed with the quantity of new designs in this book. Had I know that I had already seen half of these plans on the SL website perhaps I wouldn't have been so disappointed.