Welcoming Home: Creating a House that Says Hello

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Welcoming Home is not only a beautiful volume that you'll love paging through for the poetry of visuals depicting the essence of "home." It is also a heartfelt inquiry into what makes a house speak to us, what gives it the ability to connect to the part of us that longs for home. Through her own journey as an architect, Michaela Mahady tells of the first time a house really spoke to her, and through a multitude of rich and personal stories, describes a process for making your own house that speaks to you. Anyone ...

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Overview

Welcoming Home is not only a beautiful volume that you'll love paging through for the poetry of visuals depicting the essence of "home." It is also a heartfelt inquiry into what makes a house speak to us, what gives it the ability to connect to the part of us that longs for home. Through her own journey as an architect, Michaela Mahady tells of the first time a house really spoke to her, and through a multitude of rich and personal stories, describes a process for making your own house that speaks to you. Anyone who has enjoyed The Not So Big House series is bound to enjoy this book. -Sarah Susanka, FAIA, architect and author of The Not So Big House series and The Not So Big Life

For any who think that design of houses is just organizing a pile of sticks and inserting some stock windows, Michaela Mahady's Welcoming Home will shatter that myth. For her, architecture is enriched by the breadth of her life, the perception of her eye, and the sweep of her brush stroke. -Dale Mulfinger, FAIA

Michaela Mahady has written an indispensable guide to creating a welcoming home. Her stories and photographs unlock the secrets to rooms and cottages that steal your heart. With this gifted architect's advice anyone can build a house they'll love coming home to. -James H. Schwartz, Editor in Chief, Preservation magazine

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As a principal architect at the Minnesota-based firm SALA Architects Inc., Mahady considers the aspects of home design that are pleasing to the senses and make people feel comfortable. Her mission is to explore the physical spaces that create this welcoming feeling. Most chapters cover Minnesota homes designed by SALA and include discussions and images of specific areas and rooms. Mahady contrasts the historical use of home spaces with how space is used today, as illustrated by beautiful photographs of architectural details. She also includes floor plans for nearly every home. In a conversational style, she shares a lot of insights into home design. VERDICT This book will serve as a design reference source for those building, remodeling, or redesigning their homes and looking for inspiration. The text is easy to read and offers a thoughtful analysis of traditional home spaces.—Valerie Nye, Santa Fe Univ. of Art and Design Lib., NM
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423603214
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 10.56 (w) x 11.28 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Michaela Mahady, AIA, is a principal in the firm SALA Architects, Inc. Since joining the firm in 1987, she has been involved in all phases of the architectural process on a wide variety of project types in locations including Minnesota, Colorado, California, Montana, Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa. She has won numerous honors and awards for her architecture and glass work, which have been featured on PBS and in magazines such as Fine Homebuilding and Cottage Living. She lives in Stillwater, Minnesota.

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These buildings seem to have lost the connection to our human selves and bodies. Yet we crave this connection and find something sorely missing in buildings that lack it. We need to rediscover and understand the links between our bodies and buildings. We can then use those discoveries in the design of our homes.

This volume is a study of how houses speak to us, what messages they send, and how we can come to better understand what they are saying. We will examine how human beings experience space and built form, with an eye to understanding the spatial experiences that form our own preferred personal patterns.

We can use these lessons to create homes that are more responsive to all our needs for shelter-physical, psychological, and spiritual. And we can become more aware of our roles in caring for the earth, as we build and dwell on it.

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Table of Contents

8 PREFACE

10 INTRODUCTION

14 THE PERSONA OF A HOUSE

24 A HOUSE THAT SAYS HELLO

40 A HOME WITH OPEN ARMS

58 THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR

80 MY HOME, MYSELF

100 THE WINGS OF THE ROOF

116 THE HANDCRAFTED HOME

134 MELDING WORK AND HOME

144 COLOR, LANDSCAPE, AND DWELLING

162 THE RIGHT FIT TO THE EARTH

178 WELCOMING COMMUNITIES

194 HOME AND MEMORY

208 FINDING THE HOME INSIDE YOU

221 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

222 RESOURCES

223 BIBLIOGRAPHY

224 PHOTOGRAPHY AND ILLUSTRATION CREDITS

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