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Creating the inspired house : discovering your place called home / John Connell.

By: Connell, John, 1951-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Newtown : Taunton Press, 2004Description: 218 pages.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 1561586919.Subject(s): Architecture, Domestic -- United States | Architecture -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Architecture -- Psychological aspects | Architecture -- Human factorsDDC classification: 728.37 Online resources: Table of contents
Contents:
Houses are about people -- Hot-rodding a fifties colonial -- Final opus -- Tip top house -- Thicker than water -- Sleeping beauty -- A builder's house -- Final move -- Garden pavilions -- Designing with an eraser -- Raising the family downtown -- Going native -- Transformation for two -- Getting there -- A place to remember -- Finding the magic in a foursquare -- The fire next time -- Drama and innovation -- Rural rehab -- Mansion moderne -- Queen of the corner -- Simple pleasures -- Architects and designers.
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Where we choose to settle, how and what we build, and how our homes feel inside and out-all are reflections of who we are. The best houses are about people, and Creating the Inspired House is full of stories of memorable characters immersed in the discovery of a place they call home. With 300 color photographs, this book takes readers on walk-throughs of over 20 inspired homes across the country-large and small, new and remodeled-with the very homeowners, architects, and builders who collaborated on their creation. Each of the houses is shaped by the homeowners' personal passions, and it is those passions that breathe life into the design of their homes, creating an "inspired house." The inspirations for these houses are as varied as the people who live in them. In this collection of fascinating house stories, readers will find the encouragement to believe and act on their own personal dreams-and build accordingly.

Houses are about people -- Hot-rodding a fifties colonial -- Final opus -- Tip top house -- Thicker than water -- Sleeping beauty -- A builder's house -- Final move -- Garden pavilions -- Designing with an eraser -- Raising the family downtown -- Going native -- Transformation for two -- Getting there -- A place to remember -- Finding the magic in a foursquare -- The fire next time -- Drama and innovation -- Rural rehab -- Mansion moderne -- Queen of the corner -- Simple pleasures -- Architects and designers.

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Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction (p. 2)
  • Houses Are about People (p. 4)
  • Simple Pleasures (p. 14)
  • Hot-Rodding a Fifties Colonial (p. 22)
  • Urban Innovation (p. 32)
  • Sleeping Beauty (p. 40)
  • The Fire Next Time (p. 52)
  • Remembering a Place (p. 60)
  • Mansion Moderne (p. 70)
  • Transformation for Two (p. 78)
  • A Builder's House (p. 88)
  • Designing with an Eraser (p. 98)
  • Tip Top House (p. 108)
  • Rural Rehab (p. 118)
  • Going Native (p. 130)
  • Magical Makeover (p. 140)
  • Thicker than Water (p. 150)
  • Impulse Buy (p. 158)
  • Drama and Innovation (p. 170)
  • Getting There (p. 180)
  • One Final Move (p. 188)
  • Queen of the Corner (p. 198)
  • Garden Pavilions (p. 210)
  • Architects and Designers (p. 218)

Reviews provided by Syndetics

Publishers Weekly Review

Vermont architect Connell has long been interested in the relationships among homeowners, architects and builders; he started the Yestermorrow Design/Build School in 1980 precisely to bring these three groups together. So it?s no surprise that his second book (after Homing Instinct) aims to ?devote?attention to the human drama that goes along with the making of a house.? However, there are no accounts of irritable fights or disappointing compromises in this photo-rich volume. Instead, Connell focuses on the way that friendly collaboration and open-ended discussions can lead to the creation of beautiful, individualistic homes. ?[P]ersonality, lifestyle and human values,? he writes, ?are essential fuel for good design,? and these traits are best discovered when the chemistry between architect, owner and builder are just right. Certainly, the 21 ?inspired? remodels and new constructions that he details are pretty impressive. One team transforms the dim interior of a 1960s tract house into a streamlined symphony of glass, light and color. Another builds, then expands, a small country home that feels as cozy as a secret treehouse. Connell includes a few brief sections on such topics as ?outdoor rooms? and ?television and media centers.? But, though his rich photos and careful explanations of design decisions make this a great place to troll for new design solutions, overall the book feels a little unfocused. The chemistry that Connell celebrates is an uncommon and intangible experience, and he gives no real practical tips on how readers can create it themselves. 300 color photos. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.