Design and Build Your Dream Home

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Conran Octopus, 2005 - House & Home - 176 pages
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It’s possible to turn the dream into reality: to design and build a house tailored to your own desired specifications. Demonstrating both the scope and innovation possible in such a project, this eye-opening guide provides inspiration to meet the exciting challenges involved and reap the wonderful rewards of a bespoke home. It illustrates a variety of architectural approaches—from cutting-edge modern to traditional—catering to a range of budgets. All the options are presented, including prefabs and kit houses, with a look at different structural systems and materials, as well as the financial, legal, ecological, and practical issues. Most breathtaking of all: a showcase of 15 gorgeous self-built homes, from urban developments in London and Los Angeles to rural retreats in Australia, Spain, and the Netherlands. 


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About the author (2005)

Elizabeth Wilhide is a prolific writer of books on design and decoration. She also wrote a novel entitled, Ashenden, which outlines the history of a grand English country house through the eyes of its past owners and their decendants. Her design books include: The MacKintosh Style: Design and Decor, Scandinavian Modern Home, The Interior Design Directory, and New Loft Living.

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