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The barefoot home : dressed-down design for casual living / Marc Vassallo ; [photographs by Ken Gutmaker].

By: Vassallo, Marc.
Contributor(s): Gutmaker, Ken.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Newtown, CT : Taunton Press, c2006Description: 218 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 1561588075; 9781561588077.Subject(s): Architecture, Domestic -- Psychological aspects | Room layout (Dwellings) | Interior architectureDDC classification: 728 Online resources: Contributor biographical information | Publisher description
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As our personal and professional lives become more demanding and hectic, people have reacted with a more casual, relaxed, and open way of living at home. Kitchens are no longer just for cooking but serve as entertainment hubs; barbeques on the grill have replaced formal dinners. As our lives at home have become increasingly informal, the "barefoot living" lifestyle has emerged and there is increased demand to carry this attitude over into home design.
Relaxed, open, filled with light, and intimately connected to the outdoors, barefoot houses make living at home feel like being on vacation 365 days a year. The 24 houses featured in "The Barefoot Home" reflect today's barefoot times. From a long, low house on the Kansas prairie to an adobe home in New Mexico and a New England cottage by the sea, these homes capture the essence of barefoot living.

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Library Journal Review

A barefoot home, as described by Vassallo (coauthor of Inside the Not So Big House), is an "open house" suited to casual living. Over 20 homes are shown here that in some way exemplify the type, providing an informality, openness, use of light and texture, and indoor/outdoor connection suited to a 21st-century lifestyle. The residences are depicted in color photographs and are either newly constructed or remodeled. For each home, the architect's and owner's approach to design is discussed, a floor plan provided, and a sidebar used to explain what gives the place its "barefootedness." For its look at homes that best exemplify a modern sensibility, this book is recommended for large interior design collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publishers Weekly Review

Dreamy and light, these hideaway domiciles across the country photographed with stunning serenity by Ken Gutmaker share an uncluttered effortlessness. Vassallo defines a barefoot home as enjoying informality, openness to nature, abundance of light ("helps blur the distinction between inside and outside"), and the use of straightforward, touchable textures-peeled cedar columns, exposed cabinets and framing. Vassallo's model here is clearly the Usonian house by Frank Lloyd Wright, as well as an open Japanese living room parceled into flexible spaces using screens. Many of the houses selected are located in California and the Pacific Northwest, such as a cozy bungalow in a busy neighborhood in Seattle with high transom windows and a courtyard. Other arresting structures include a summer house on Lake Martin, Ala., featuring flip-up windows rather than air conditioning; a modernly refurbished colonial in Bethesda, Md., with a fairly unconventional, detached screen porch that doubles as a clubhouse for the kids. By far the wildest structure here is a revamped Native American longhouse smack in the middle of the Kansas prairie: no curtains necessary. Vassallo, like Henry David Thoreau, whom he quotes, eschews the stuffiness and formality of the typical home. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved