As populations grow, the issues of where and how we live also grow. For both architects and aspiring homeowners, converting spaces is often a more satisfying solution than building from scratch. Conversions offers an architectural overview of the most exciting ones--with before-and-after shots--and provides practical tips on the pitfalls involved in transforming any building into a home.Four chapters examine conversions in urban buildings, rural environments, lofts and industrial spaces, and radical transformations. Each case study asks what should be left intact, what should be ripped out and what planning regulations forbid. The budget, materials and impact on surroundings are all examined and assessed. Varied projects from around the world, accompanied by amazing before-and-after photos, are showcased, including the archetypal glamourous New York loft, high-tech meets rural barns in Germany and a striking church conversion in Australia.
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