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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Architect Hirsch has written a handy guidebook for designing a house that will fit your needs, both now and in the future. Of course, being an architect, he strongly advises hiring one to do the ... Read full review

Designing Your Perfect House

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The decision to build a new home can be daunting for an amateur. Architect Hirsch takes one through the process from idea to completion. Drawing many examples from his own practice, he explains the ... 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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Please add the credentials of AIA after author's name. Should be: William J. Hirsch Jr. AIA

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