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Welcoming Home: Creating a House that Says Hello
     

Welcoming Home: Creating a House that Says Hello

by Michaela Mahady
 

In Welcoming Home, author Michaela Mahady delves into the psychology of how humans experience built places, in order to identify those characteristics that make us feel welcome, protected, comforted, and happy. Mahady explores such cottage elements as the welcoming features of entryways, the sheltering features of roofs, how fine craftsmanship conveys a

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In Welcoming Home, author Michaela Mahady delves into the psychology of how humans experience built places, in order to identify those characteristics that make us feel welcome, protected, comforted, and happy. Mahady explores such cottage elements as the welcoming features of entryways, the sheltering features of roofs, how fine craftsmanship conveys a sense of security and tradition, and which materials and colors create comfort and warmth.

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Library Journal
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423603214
Publisher:
Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date:
09/01/2010
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
970,549
Product dimensions:
10.56(w) x 11.28(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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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.

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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