New Rooms for Old Houses: Beautiful Additions for the Traditional Home

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The most popular American house styles today are still the classics from yesterday—Capes, Bungalows, Victorians and Federals. The perennial struggle, however, is how to best live in them with our changing needs. Often, we need more space. The likely solution? Add on. The challenge? How to do it right.
Published in conjunction with The National Trust for Historic Preservation," NEW ROOMS FOR OLD HOUSES" by renowned architect Frank Shirley contains more than 300 full-color photos....

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Overview

The most popular American house styles today are still the classics from yesterday—Capes, Bungalows, Victorians and Federals. The perennial struggle, however, is how to best live in them with our changing needs. Often, we need more space. The likely solution? Add on. The challenge? How to do it right.
Published in conjunction with The National Trust for Historic Preservation," NEW ROOMS FOR OLD HOUSES" by renowned architect Frank Shirley contains more than 300 full-color photos. It is a beautiful design guide and essential resource for anyone who loves classic American houses or is considering expanding an old home.
Through words and pictures, Shirley shows how to enlarge a home without sacrificing the charm and character of the original structure. Using the guiding principle of "harmony," Shirley walks readers through the four cornerstones of design on which, he believes, all old house expansions should be based: balance, public and private areas, the careful use of transitions, and the choice of appropriate materials.
Packed with photos, both before and after shots, and architectural drawings, NEW ROOMS FOR OLD HOUSES is a fascinating tour through the golden age of architecture.

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"A design guide for lovers of classic American houses, the book offers tips, techniques, before-and-after shots and architectural drawings of historical homes in New York, California and Massachusetts. Shirley demonstrates how to add to a historical home without subtracting charm and character by using harmony as his guiding principle. The architect explains the four cornerstones of design, on which he bases all old-house expansions: preserving balance, creating public and private spaces, making transitions from old to new and crafting with materials that express your style. —Orlando Sentinel (Florida)
"New Rooms for Old Houses by Frank Shirley is a comforting companion for anyone undertaking the delicate challenge of extending the life of an old house for modern living. The book has an endorsement from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. —The Detroit News (Michigan)
"Old Houses have a charm all their own. But charm doesn't always translate into livability. Owners of old homes often find themselves having to add on to create a home suitable for modern living. The National Trust for Historical Preservation seeks to help them in that effort with New Rooms for Old Houses: Beautiful Additions for the Traditional Home. The book, written by architect Frank Shirley, guides readers on enlarging a home while maintaining its character. It contains tips, architectural principles and insights, along with plenty of examples of successful additions."—The Akron Beacon Journal (Ohio)

"The challenge of expanding an old home while staying true to its integrity, design and proportions is one that many New England homeowners have faced. Architect Frank Shirley of Cambridge, Mass., tackles the topic in New Rooms for Old Houses, reviewing in detail a number of examples, with excellent photographs by Randy O'Rourke. Interspersed with some before-and-after diagrams and a few "train wrecks," the book is filled with examples that show how to make the connection between old and new a graceful and flowing one." —The Hartford Courant

"Owners of old homes often find themselves having to add on to create a home suitable for modern living. The National Trust for Historical Preservation seeks to help them in that effort with New Rooms for Old Houses. The book, written by architect Frank Shirley, guides readers on enlarging a home while maintaining its character. It contains tips, architectural principles and insights, along with plenty of examples of successful additions." —South Bend Tribune (Indiana)

"New Rooms for Old Houses, by Frank Shirley, is a must-have for anyone living in an old house who wants to update his home for the 21st century. The author, an architect, is also a member of the Cambridge Historical Commission whose love of old homes is evident throughout. His main message is a home can be revitalized without sacrificing historical significance. Shirley knows the steps on how to achieve a sense of "harmony" between old and new. "—The Vancouver Sun

This book is a must-have for anyone living in an old house and looking to update it for the 21st century. To that end he suggests most historical homes should have additions at the side near the rear or off the rear so as not to interfere with the original structure." —Edmonton Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561588855
  • Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/30/2007
  • Series: Nat Trust for Historic Preserv Series
  • Pages: 266
  • Sales rank: 383,860
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank Shirley owns an architectural firm in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and is the Boston Society of Architects’ appointed member to the Cambridge Historical Commission. Shirley is also Co-Chairman of the Boston Society of Architects’ Residential Design Committee. He lives in Cambridge, Mass.

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