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This uniquely practical guide will help guarantee that the home you build, buy, or renovate will perfectly suit your needs, desires, and lifestyle.
- Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
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Whether you are remodeling a room, buying a home, or building a new home from scratch, The Home Design Handbook will help you create the home of your dreams. If you intend to remodel only one room or area, complete Chapters 1, 3, 4, 16 and particularly Chapter 5 (�For the Remodeler�). Then go directly to the chapter that pertains to your particular project, such as kitchens. However, if you are not certain about the extent of your remodeling needs or if you are planning to buy an existing home or specific house plan, then work through the entire book as if you were building a new home. Your responses to the questions will help you decide which features fit your needs and suit your family�s lifestyle.
Designing and building a home involves an enormous number of decisions. This book will help clarify the needs of everyone in the household. If this is a shared family project, it makes sense to resolve conflicts before detailed plans are drawn. Every hour spent in planning could well save you three hours at the construction site. After everyone has responded to the exercises in this book, sort through your differences to decide upon some satisfying compromises before you meet with your design professional. Trade-offs are inevitable. It is often necessary to sacrifice one idea to accommodate another�or to meet your budget.
Some design considerations are standard; we have included a �Checklist� section, where needed, for these key items. Make sure your design professional is aware of every checklist, because it is not unusual for simple considerations to be overlooked. The checklist appears before each section requiring your individual responses, so you will not need to duplicate this information in your responses. Some chapters offer narratives: explanations of important, yet often unfamiliar, home design information.
Enjoy the handbook! Here is the opportunity to make your home uniquely suited to your lifestyle, tastes, and budget.
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Meet the Author
Julie Cotner is an author and marketing director for a Northwest architectural firm. Steve Myrvang, A.I.A., owns an award-winning architectural firm in Silverdale, Washington.
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