The House to Ourselves: Reinventing Home Once the Kids are Grown

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Parents with grown children represent one of the largest demographic groups in the country today, and their living needs are often radically different from when they were raising families or working full-time. Architects are responding with innovative solutions to the demand for homes designed for two but with room for more. This book, featuring hundreds of color photos and illustrations, covers renovations and remodels, brand-new homes, and even new types of communities throughout the U.S. Ideas vary from ...

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Overview

Parents with grown children represent one of the largest demographic groups in the country today, and their living needs are often radically different from when they were raising families or working full-time. Architects are responding with innovative solutions to the demand for homes designed for two but with room for more. This book, featuring hundreds of color photos and illustrations, covers renovations and remodels, brand-new homes, and even new types of communities throughout the U.S. Ideas vary from single-level designs to accommodate the physical needs of people as they grow older, to flexible open-floor plans that welcome visitors and allow plenty of socializing. "The House to Ourselves helps boomers explore a wealth of possibilities.

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For many couples, the time when the children move out is a period of great adjustment and change. Architect Lawson and Connor, an author whose work on architecture and home design has appeared in numerous magazines, team up to show readers several homes designed specifically for empty nesters. Building one's dream house is always much easier with money, and the owners of the featured abodes certainly seem to have it (one 2600-square-foot home is described as "relatively small"). Although designed for empty nesters, the homes often have accommodations for visiting children and grandchildren. Other important design factors as people age are accessibility and space for the pursuit of lifelong hobbies and interests. Profuse color photographs and floor plans are provided throughout. For comprehensive collections. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561584901
  • Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/9/2004
  • Pages: 217
  • Product dimensions: 9.42 (w) x 11.14 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Todd Lawson is Professor of Islamic Thought at the University of Toronto in the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations.

Tom Connor is the author or co-author of more than a dozen books, including "Suburban Renewal: Transforming Standard Capes, Ranches and Builders Colonials into Unique Homes" and "The House to Ourselves: Reinventing Home Once the Kids Are Grown". His articles on architecture and home design have appeared in "The New York Times Magazine, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Town & Country, House & Garden", and "House Beautiful", among other publications.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 2
The Joy of Having the House to Ourselves 4
Part 1 Finding Our Place: The Next House as Pure Possibility 22
A Hip Retirement Haven 24
At Home on the Range 32
In the Company of Friends 40
The Geometry of Two Lives 48
Part 2 Just the Two of Us: The House As Retreat 56
Together on the River 58
A Shipshape House for Two 68
A Couple's Island Lodge 78
Refining the Ranch 88
Field of Dreams 98
Part 3 Separate but Together: The House As Family Compound 106
An Old Cottage Made New 108
A Nest for the Future 118
An Addition for Two or More 126
Designed with Offspring in Mind 136
A Modern Desert Home 144
A Family Compound Spreads Out 154
From Cramped to Comfortable 164
Part 4 Pursuing Our Passions: The House as Office, Studio, and Workshop 172
Time for a Change 174
A Weaver and Woodcutter's Refuge 182
A New Old-World House 190
A Retreat Far from Home 198
Harvesting the Land 208
Directory of Architects and Designers 216
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