Get Your House Right: Architectural Elements to Use & Avoid

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Even as oversized McMansions continue to elbow their way into tiny lots nationwide, a much different trend has taken shape. This return to traditional architectural principles venerates qualities that once were taken for granted in home design: structural common sense, aesthetics of form, appropriateness to a neighborhood, and even sustainability. Marianne Cusato, creator of the award-winning Katrina Cottages, has authored and illustrated this definitive guide to what makes houses look and feel right—to the eye ...
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Even as oversized McMansions continue to elbow their way into tiny lots nationwide, a much different trend has taken shape. This return to traditional architectural principles venerates qualities that once were taken for granted in home design: structural common sense, aesthetics of form, appropriateness to a neighborhood, and even sustainability. Marianne Cusato, creator of the award-winning Katrina Cottages, has authored and illustrated this definitive guide to what makes houses look and feel right—to the eye and to the soul. She teaches us the language and grammar of classical architecture, revealing how balance, harmony, and detail all contribute to creating a home that will be loved rather than tolerated. And she takes us through the do’s and don’ts of every element of home design, from dormers to doorways to columns. Integral to the book are its hundreds of elegant line drawings—clearly rendering the varieties of lintels and cornices, arches and eaves, and displaying “avoid” and “use” versions of the same elements side by side.
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“[A]n important and much needed book.”--Sarah Susanka, FAIA, architect and author of The Not So Big series and Home by Design

“Marianne Cusato translates architectural language into the vernacular and, by doing so, into the reach of the average consumer, where such knowledge is guaranteed to do the most good….this 'Rosetta stone' of design will guarantee Cusato a place in the history of twenty-first century American architecture.”-- The Philadelphia Inquirer

“[Cusato] provides a vision of how we live together and build on our planet, and points out the consequences of flawed building practices not only to our environment, but to our spirit and our soul.”--Michael Lykoudis, Dean, University of Notre Dame School of Architecture

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402791031
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 8/2/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Marianne Cusato has received international attention for her design of the Katrina Cottages: affordable, durable home kits created as an alternative to FEMA trailer housing to help the Gulf Coast rebuild. The cottage won the Cooper-Hewitt People's Design Award and has been written up in magazines and newspapers across the country, from Architectural Record and Cottage Living to Time and Forbes. She is the principal of Cusato Cottages, LLC, a New York-based firm specializing in traditional architectural design.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    Highly Recommended
    Really nice summarized list of architectural rules and principles, not just for architecture students.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2013

    Valuable reference tool!

    While not an architect, I am a residential designer and contractor and a student of classic residential homes. This book will be a valuable resource for providing more accurate design and detailing for all my work in the future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

    Sucks

    I want to rate it less than one the sample sucks

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2012

    VAMPIRE HOUSING

    Please post here what result your house is in. Claim any except this one

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    Posted July 13, 2011

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    Posted June 30, 2011

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