Designing Your Perfect House: Lessons from an Architect

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Designing Your Perfect House, 2008 - Architecture - 239 pages
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Designing Your Perfect House is the ideal guidebook for navigating the often mystifying process of house design and building. It's full of sage advice from a master architect about how to design the perfect house for you.Presented in twelve understandable lessons, this book moves from wonderful concepts to a finished dream home. Beginning with an exploration of the philosophy of design, the grammar of architecture, the creation of space, and discussions of how to make spaces be appropriate and gratifying for the people living in them, the lessons explore issues of scale, daylight, how to make a house feel like a home, unifying a design, flow, and proportions.This book answers questions like: How do I get started? How do I select a building site? What kind of house can I afford with my budget? How do I make my dream house just right for me?Other topics include: site analysis and selection, programming, schematic design, style, room relationships, budget, working with professionals, methods of contracting, and more.Numerous color photos and drawings illustrate the book's major points

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Review: Designing Your Perfect House: Lessons from an Architect

User Review  - Mitchell Cooper - Goodreads

Designing Your Perfect House is the first architecture book I've read. As such, it was very good. The various lessons were laid out in a logical order and I found myself easily able to follow along ... Read full review

Review: Designing Your Perfect House: Lessons from an Architect

User Review  - Eliza - Goodreads

11/22/13: Not much to say about this one; I did not read it for its literary or even entertainment value. Though I did read it cover to cover. Good book to read if you're interested in building a house. Otherwise? You can skip it! Read full review

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Beginning the Journey
Making the House a Home
Unifying the Design
Into the Depths of Design
What Will Your House Be?
Make Plans before Drawing Plans
Choosing the Perfect Site
Programming the House
Putting Pencil to Paper
Designing the House
Thinking through the Places Where You Live
Oh Yesthe Budget

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About the author (2008)

Please add the credentials of AIA after author's name. Should be: William J. Hirsch Jr. AIA

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