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

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

by Russell Versaci
     
 

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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

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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 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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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
& 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781561587926
Publisher:
Taunton Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/02/2007
Series:
American Institute Architects Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
218
Sales rank:
198,684
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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