200 Outstanding House Ideas

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A handsome and practical source of inspiration for designing, building or remodeling.

There are thousands of new styles and components in house construction. Homeowners enjoy an unprecedented number of options thanks to the availability of products originating in other modes of architecture. While these are certainly exciting, such a wide variety brings challenging choices at every step in project management.

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A handsome and practical source of inspiration for designing, building or remodeling.

There are thousands of new styles and components in house construction. Homeowners enjoy an unprecedented number of options thanks to the availability of products originating in other modes of architecture. While these are certainly exciting, such a wide variety brings challenging choices at every step in project management.

200 Outstanding House Ideas is packed with ideas for creating the dream house. Illustrated with more than 750 color photographs and over 200 floor plans, the book is rich with examples of houses and their interiors constructed and finished with a great range of traditional and innovative materials. The houses have been chosen from a pool of the world's most interesting residential architecture. Together, they create a valuable catalog of exciting designs.

Conventional, contemporary, even otherworldly in their character, these houses are stimulating examples of residential architecture. Each house is presented over several double-page spreads that feature descriptive text, numerous color photographs and house plans, plus details on location, architect and date of construction. A directory of architects and designers, complete with websites, rounds out this comprehensive and real-life resource.

200 Outstanding House Ideas is a practical resource for those planning to build or remodel a house. For those who enjoy architecture and design, it is an ideal choice for browsing.

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Editorial Reviews

North Shore News
From around the world...[a] huge collection of houses to inspire and entertain fans of great architecture.
— Terry Peter
North Shore News - Terry Peter
From around the world the authors have gathered this huge collection of houses to inspire and entertain fans of great architecture.... The homes are all beautifully photographed, taking the reader on a tour of the whole property.... All of these houses will compel you to spend time studying them and dream of what you might do if ever given the opportunity to create a truly unique home.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554073931
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Series: 200 Home Ideas Series
  • Pages: 800
  • Sales rank: 941,674
  • Product dimensions: 8.16 (w) x 7.94 (h) x 2.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Bridget Vranckx is a writer and editor specializing in books on architecture and design.

Esther Moreno has collaborated on various books on art and architecture.

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Table of Contents


Floating House
House Kotilo
May Residence
Cottage C
Villa Maarsingh
Ellsworth Residence
House in Las Arenas
Jens Bang's Guest House
House at Chauncey Close
House near a lake
A house in Taide
House in Madrid
Aiolfi's House
Villa C
McCue Residence
Feyen house
F House

X House
Lavaflow 2
Poli House
Storingavika Villa
Ring House
Mountain Lodge Skarsnuten
Mount Fuji House
Brickell-Pollock House
Parabola House
[i] House
PC House
Highbury Terrace
Estuary Residence
Skyline Residence
Ancram Studio
A house in Brito
Villa Vriezenveen
Slope House
The Avenel House

García Residence
Mataja Residence
Hill House
Downing Residence
Agosta House

Solar Residence Complex
Solar Tube House
Engels-Houben Passive House
Guest House
Prefab House in Denmark
Small House
House no. 19

Old barn in Tidone Valley
Monte Dos Mosqueiros
Country House on the Green Coast
Extension of Sattler-Smith House
Moereels Tower
Alan-Voo Family House
519 Vermont Street Residence
Garage in Bordeaux
Extension to existing 1950s
Detached House in Pinner
SF872 House
3032 Divisadero Street Residence

Small Budgets
Pine Forest Cabin
Villa Arketorp
Small Spaces
Layer House
House in
Residence Fineman
3773 Studio

Zócalo Residential Complex
Donnybrook Quarter
State El Peñón
South Chesterman Beach Homes
Residences in Fichtenweg

Useful and agreeable house
Buffer House
Villa Britse




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The design of houses holds a special place in the field of architecture, somewhat apart from all other architectural typologies, and considerably more interesting and varied. The house is the place of dwelling, the archetype of shelter, fulfilling one of the most basic primeval human needs. It is thus the original architecture and all other typologies are derivative of it.

There is more variety in the design of houses than in any other type of architecture. Most typologies, like office buildings or agricultural buildings for example, are almost always found in the same environmental context: office in urban or suburban areas, and agricultural structures in rural farm land. Houses are built in almost every corner of every city, suburb, small town and every type of countryside, from deserts to northern forests to sea sides to mountain tops. And in each of these environments the house almost always faces out towards its environment and responds to it in ways both subtle and obvious, that most other typologies don't. To use the office build again as an example, almost any office tower could be transplanted to another city or country not appear at all out of place, whereas each of the houses featured in this book would be hard to imagine in any other location than that for which it was designed.

The house is the prime location of architectural experimentation. While publicly used buildings cannot afford to experiment with materials or assemblies that might be easily destroy or with spatial arrangements that might confuse or displease the public, in the protected realm of the private house, where only desires of its owner need be considered, all manner of experiment might be tried.

In its long history (and pre-history) the design of houses has been ever changing, both over time and in different locations. But the design of houses is changing more rapidly now than ever. Rapidly changing family structures, new construction technologies, new cultural norms about privacy and shelter, the rapidly expanding use of ever more sophisticated technology throughout the house, and global cross cultural influence is having a huge impact as well. Your grandmother's kitchen (and it was your grandmother's, not your grandfather's) was likely to be in an enclosed utility space at the back of the house. Its limited machinery would be considered hopelessly primitive today. Your mother's perhaps was an open kitchen that had the family room as an adjunct, but separated from the 'formal' living spaces. Today's open plans have moved the kitchen right out into the living areas, front and center. Interestingly, the American concept of the 'family room', which was ubiquitous in North America just a decade ago, is disappearing.

Being as it is our basic shelter from the elements, the changing climate impacts it directly and substantially. And as housing makes up almost three quarters of our built environment, consuming untold resources, it too has a great impact on climate change. But fortunately there are many ways that houses can be made environmentally friendly.

We explore all these issues of modern house design here with exemplary case studies of houses that range in style from clean, spare minimalism and striking neo-Bauhaus to woody mountain retreats and gable-roofed stucco bungalows. The major construction materials are each given separate consideration as to are the varieties of contexts and environments we find our houses in, including houses in the context of multi-unit complexes.

The house is the home. But 'home' is a concept that goes well beyond architecture. 'Home' describes a place of belonging, a place where one sense of self is born and sheltered. This is why the house/home has such deep cultural importance. These projects illustrate our modern culture's latest reiteration of the concept of home and of the house, subject as it is to all the cultural, technical, and environmental influences of our time.

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  • Posted December 13, 2013

    Large volume with many pictures

    The book has nice interior and exterior photos of the 200 houses. However, with 200 houses being previewed I would like to have seen more variation in the home styles covered. All the housed are ultra modern and varation on the one show on the cover.

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