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Welcoming Home: Creating a House that Says Hello Hardcover – September 1, 2010
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Mahady, Michaela. Welcoming Home.
Gibbs Smith. Oct. 2010.
ISBN 9781423603214. $40. ARCHITECTURE
As a principal architect at the Minnesota-based firm SALA Architects Inc., Mahady considers the aspects of home design that are pleasing to the senses and make people feel comfortable. Her mission is to explore the physical spaces that create this welcoming feeling. Most chapters cover Minnesota homes designed by SALA and include discussions and images of specific areas and rooms. Mahady contrasts the historical use of home spaces with how space is used today, as illustrated by beautiful photographs of architectural details. She also includes floor plans for nearly every home. In a conversational style, she shares a lot of insights into home design. VERDICT This book will serve as a design reference source for those building, remodeling, or redesigning their homes and looking for inspiration. The text is easy to read and offers a thoughtful analysis of traditional home spaces.-Valerie Nye, Santa Fe Univ. of Art and Design Lib., NM(Library Journal 2010-10-15)
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"A treasure that will allow many to create for themselves a truly welcoming home." -Sarah Susanka, FAIA, architect and author of The Not So Big House series and The Not So Big Life
Some homes seem to speak to us, saying hello and welcoming us into their sheltering arms. Identifying the characteristics of such places is an essential aspect of designing and creating a home. In Welcoming Home, architect Michaela Mahady explores how humans experience built places in order to identify those characteristics that make us feel welcome, protected, comforted and happy. She examines such elements as welcoming entryways, sheltering roofs, handcrafted details that convey personality and tradition, and materials and colors that create comfort and warmth. Welcoming Home is the essential guide to creating dwellings that truly make us feel at home.
Michaela Mahady, AIA is an architect and artist and is a principal in the firm SALA Architects, Inc. She has designed homes and art for public spaces throughout the United States. Her architecture and glasswork have been featured on PBS and in magazines such as Fine Homebuilding, Life Magazine, Cottage Living, and American Craft. She lives and works in Stillwater, Minnesota.
Top Customer Reviews
I have spent a life time remodeling my house-never quite satisfied, let alone happy or serene about my home. Mahady's book offers excellent insight into the psychology of home, as well as explaining why architecture--and its manipulation, does what it does. I only wish I had this book through the last few decades of my life to help me understand me-as well as my house as I attempted to create a soulful home. Mahady's book is provocative for people building a new home, for home remodelers, and for all of us craving a satisfying, personal retreat.
The last pages of the book have a list of observations and inquiries, and when answered, the revelations can be transforming in our understanding of our home, family, community and self. I found this summary very provocative in understanding my own sense of place, and how I can impact my place and space.
It is a very personal account of the journey of design for both the homeowners featured and the author architect. In this manner it is different than most books on home design.
The book is full of inspiring photography that asks us to take a deep look at each and every photograph.
I am enjoying all the ideas this book gives me. The author makes a good case for the almost anthropomorphic status of a house, there is a depth of feeling that comes from a building when it is a home. I recommend this book.