Creating a New Old House: Yesterday's Character for Today's Home

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At the beginning of the new century, there's a groundswell of popular nostalgia for period houses with an authentic pedigree. Regional styles of old homes in all parts of the country have captured the imagination of homebuyers who are disillusioned with the cookie-cutter sameness of new home construction. Many are turning to the history and tradition of their own neighborhoods for inspiration in old houses—themes that will inspire and inform them in building a new home that will...

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Overview

At the beginning of the new century, there's a groundswell of popular nostalgia for period houses with an authentic pedigree. Regional styles of old homes in all parts of the country have captured the imagination of homebuyers who are disillusioned with the cookie-cutter sameness of new home construction. Many are turning to the history and tradition of their own neighborhoods for inspiration in old houses—themes that will inspire and inform them in building a new home that will preserve a sense of place and the feeling of "home."
Creating a New Old House explores how architects, builders, and craftsmen are reinterpreting the traditional American house. Through photographs and engaging text, brief discussions of history and craftsmanship, and occasional sidelong glances at the workings of real old houses, Versaci employs his "Pillars of Traditional Design" to explain how traditional houses go together and what gives them their unique design appeal. The author explores the creative work of architects, builders, and craftsmen from all corners of America who are creating new "old" houses in a revival of the distinctive traditions of American homebuilding—and refitting them to work for the demands of modern family living.

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& quot; People love old houses. Versaci explains why, and shows what it takes to create such enduring quality in home design today.& quot;
—Philip Morris, former Senior Architecture Editor, Southern Accents

& quot; Versaci presents a masterful survey of the best in new, historically inspired homes...and shares the techniques that architects use to achieve historical resonance and emotional impact.& quot;
—Clem Labine, Editorial Director, Traditional Building

& quot; The quality of the architecture presented in this book is excellent.& quot;
—Andres Duany, architect, founder of New Urbanism, Duany Plater-Zyberk & amp; Company

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561587926
  • Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/2/2007
  • Series: American Institute Architects Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 218
  • Sales rank: 366,267
  • Product dimensions: 9.36 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Russell Versaci has been practicing traditional architecture for two decades. His firm, Russell Versaci Architecture, is noted for creating thoughtful, carefully executed designs for period-style homes that reflect a mastery of history. His first book, "Creating a New Old House," promotes the author's "Pillars of Traditional Design," a set of principles for creating authentic traditional architecture. Versaci's designs have been featured in national magazines, including "Traditional Home, Southern Accents, House Beautiful, "and "Southern Living," as well as on Good Morning, America.

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Table of Contents

Reviving the Classic Homes of the Past
California Spanish Colonial Revival
Rocky Mountain Ranch
Spanish-Pueblo Adobe
Midwestern Greek Revival
Connecticut Valley Colonial
Pennsylvania Dutch Farmhouse
Hudson Valley Greek Revival
Maryland Tidewater Plantation
German Stone Farmhouse
Cape Cod Cottage
Southern Piedmont Farmhouse
Southern Antebellum Plantation
French Creold Cottage
Texas German Ranch
French Colonial Plantation House
Craftsman Arts and Crafts Bungalow
Colonial Revival Shingle Style

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2003

    Thinking of building a new house? BUY THIS BOOK!

    With character-less, cookie-cutter, faux-traditional houses sprouting up all around, Creating a New Old House blows in on a fresh breeze. This book heralds a new movement in residential architecture - new traditionalism - & gives practical tools for designing gorgeous new traditional homes that any homeowner or homebuilder can apply. Creating a New Old House is not just another pretty coffee-table book. It's rich in content, outlining a simple framework for creating a new house that looks and feels like an old house. Russell Versaci's methods are illustrated with examples of the best of the new traditional homes being built in our country today - in a variety of regional styles from every part of the U.S. The homes showcased are built to endure, crafted with natural materials, respectful of their surroundings, and employ the time-honored building traditions of the past. At the same time they incorporate the modern conveniences that are vital to living in today's world. In years to come, this book will be remembered as the first to offer an accessible method for building a new house with character and soul - a house that looks & feels like home.

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  • Posted June 13, 2009

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    Wonderful book for old house lovers.

    Very well done and informative. I live in a house from 1867 and love this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2008

    THE guidebook for a new home

    Thas stunning book uses pillars of design to start you on the way to designing your own lovely home. Nice pictures, nice houses, nice text.

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