House Comfortable: The Art and Science of Comfortable Living

House Comfortable: The Art and Science of Comfortable Living

by Katherine K. McMillan, Patricia H. McMillan
     
 
With a bent on achieving not just a wonderfully decorated home, but a more comfortable home, House Comfortable offers comprehensive information and insights to enhance one's understanding of design and decoration, whether building from scratch or remodeling.

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With a bent on achieving not just a wonderfully decorated home, but a more comfortable home, House Comfortable offers comprehensive information and insights to enhance one's understanding of design and decoration, whether building from scratch or remodeling.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Directed at those who feel that their "house and its equipment for living are inconvenient, unworkable or even downright hazardous to your health," this practical, unpretentious guide shows the way to functional, cozy living. About half the chapters take on such topics as color, window treatments, lighting and security; others consider individual rooms ("Dining In/Dining Out"; "The Home Office"). Readers looking for a decorating guru will be disappointedthere is not a whit of poetry in the McMillans' no-nonsense prose. But there's a wealth of usable tips for those who are interested in knowing, for example, the National Kitchen and Bath Association's Bath Design Rules for a comfortable bathroom (e.g., "Leave 21 inches of clear walkway space in front of the toilet") or how much of a kitchen's square footage to devote to windows and skylights (at least 10%). The authors, a daughter-mother team based both in Florida and New York (Katherine is a design writer, Patricia an interior designer), also pay particular attention to adapting homes to the needs of the elderly and handicapped. A valuable mail-order resource list is included. (Sept.)
Library Journal
This prolific mother-and-daughter team have a different approach to interior design; they concentrate on how design can make life more manageable rather than focusing on how to use design to beautify a home. When discussing lighting, flooring, window treatments, and such, they focus on how each choice will effect personal comfort. Ergonomics is given special emphasis, as is home security, air purity, and design considerations for the elderly, the disabled, and children. Concluding with a list of mail-order sources for products, this book is highly recommended for public libraries.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399522345
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/01/1996
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.52(d)

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