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The Not So Big House: A Blueprint for the Way We Really Live
Author: Sarah Susanka, Kira Obolensky (Contributor)
Publisher: Taunton Press
Year: 1998
Amazon Price: $22.80
ArchitectureWeek— This bestseller asks what happens if we eliminate the formal rooms, design everyday living spaces for both formal and informal purposes, and use the dollars we save to personalize the spaces we live in every day? Its message: it's time to consider quality over quantity of space and build for the long term, with the crafted details that make a house a home.

The Cabin: Inspiration for the Classic American Getaway
Author: Dale Mulfinger and Susan E. Davis
Publisher: The Taunton Press
Year: 2001
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ArchitectureWeek— From traditional log cabins to modern interpretations in metal and glass, this book celebrates the classic American getaway with profiles of 37 cabins from around the country.

Ranches: Design Ideas for Renovating, Remodeling, and Building New
Author: M. Caren Connolly and Louis Wasserman
Publisher: Taunton Press
Year: 2003
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ArchitectureWeek— Ideas about building or rebuilding the simple, functional, and unassuming ranch-style house, with an eye toward affordability and flexibility.

Nest for Two: Creating a Harmonious Home
Author: Allison Serrell, Thayer Allyson Gowdy
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— Over 200 photographs capture rooms that encourage time spent together. Showcasing cozy corners, romantic details, and efficient duo/combo designs, this book features the beauty in designing a shared space.

Home Work: Handbuilt Shelter
Author: Lloyd Kahn
Publisher: Shelter Publications
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $17.79
ArchitectureWeek— Sequel to the original Shelter, a continuing discovery of magnificent and unusual hand-built houses: a Japanese-style stilt house accessible only by a cable across a river; a stone house in a South African valley whose roof serves as a baboon trampoline; multi-level treehouses on the South China Sea; and a bottle house in the Nevada desert. Also features innovative architectural styles and natural building materials that have gained popularity in the last two decades: cob, papercrete, bamboo, adobe, strawbale, timber framing, and earthbags.

Move House
Author: Sean Topham
Publisher: Prestel Publishing Ltd.
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— From backpacks to luxury yachts, tents to trailer homes, the newest book from the author of Blowup, Where's My Space Age?, and Xtreme Houses follows architecture designed to follow mankind. For most of us, "house" means stability, structure, and permanence. In an age of increasing population and technological gains, today's mobile society has resulted in a demand for portable dwellings. This eclectic mix of forty innovative projects illustrates many of the movable houses of today. Cleverly juxtaposing the old and the new, countless eye-catching photographs of mobile homes, transformable fashions, custom vehicles, and private jets are paired with entertaining texts to explore the new nomadic lifestyle and the evolution of temporary communities.

Dish: International Design for the Home
Author: Lois Nesbitt
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $29.70
ArchitectureWeek— The work in Dish provides a fresh take on current trends in design for the home, including furniture, ceramics, glassware, lighting, and textiles. Each designer is featured with examples of her work, biographical information, and a personal statement that encapsulates her approach. A foreword by Susan Yelavich and essays by experts in making, selling, and critiquing contemporary design offer insights into the conceptual, aesthetic, functional, and political nature of the work. The book is beautifully designed and full of color photographs.

Houses On Difficult Sites
Author: Carles Broto and Arian Mostaedi
Publisher: Links International/ Watson-Guptill
Year: 2005
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ArchitectureWeek— An instructive sourcebook about the design and construction of houses on steep, small, or oddly shaped sites. Profiles of over 30 houses, with particular emphasis on engineering techniques, construction processes, and materials.

Homes Within Reach: A Guide to the Planning, Design, and Construction of Affordable Homes and Commun
Author: Avi Friedman
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $80.00
ArchitectureWeek— A systematic guide for planning, designing, and constructing modest yet high-quality houses. From siting and foundations to systems, layouts, and interior and exterior finishes, it covers dozens of design and construction techniques that promote housing quality with sensitivity cost.

Best Design Modular Houses
Author: Martin Nicholas Kunz
Publisher: Birkhauser Books
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $15.60
ArchitectureWeek— Whether just individual building elements or the entire house, prefabrication helps to create a home of one's own even with limited funds. This book is evidence that such off-the-peg houses by no means have to be uniform in appearance. Forty-five sophisticated examples from all over the world show that there are hardly any limits to individuality. The United States and Australia in particular have developed a distinctive prefabricated building culture.

Treehouse Chronicles: One Man's Dream of Life Aloft
Author: S. Peter Lewis and T.B.R. Walsh
Publisher: TMC Books
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $29.95
ArchitectureWeek— "The story of what happens when adults decide to be kids again and they have tools and lumber." Follows the three-year process of constructing a 250-square-foot, two-story timberframe treehouse with spiral stair, branch furniture, and a drawbridge, made with wood and whimsy.

Experimental Houses
Author: Nicolas Pople
Publisher: Watson-Guptill
Year: 2000
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ArchitectureWeek— Experiments in form, function, materials, and spatial design in houses throughout the 20th century.

At Work At Home: Design Ideas for Your Home Workplace
Author: Neal Zimmerman
Publisher: Taunton Press
Year: 2001
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ArchitectureWeek— Practical suggestions for and many examples of home offices and studios that balance work life and home life and reflect the owner's spirit.

New American Additions and Renovations
Author: Il Kim and James Grayson Trulove
Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications
Year: 2001
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ArchitectureWeek— Twenty-five case studies of residential expansions, ranging from a small rooftop addition on a big-city apartment to a complete makeover of a conventional suburban ranch-style house.

A Good House Is Never Done
Author: John Wheatman
Publisher: Conari Press
Year: 2002
Amazon Price: $23.89
ArchitectureWeek— How to modify houses as beautiful living spaces that change over time. Organized around the six activities of sleeping, bathing, working, cooking, dining, and playing.

Not So Big Solutions for Your Home
Author: Sarah Susanka
Publisher: Taunton Press
Year: 2002
Amazon Price: $15.61
ArchitectureWeek— Practical design ideas for doing more with less space and transforming a house so it looks, works, and feels right for the owner. Simplified design principles in jargon-free language for homeowners and builders.

Patterns of Home: The Ten Essentials of Enduring Design
Author: Max Jacobson, Murray Silverstein, and Barbara Winslow
Publisher: Taunton Press
Year: 2002
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ArchitectureWeek— Three of the coauthors of "A Pattern Language" here further simplify building design principles as ten beautifully illustrated essentials for residences, such as use of light, proportion, and the transitions between indoor and outdoor space.

The Distinctive Home: A Vision of Timeless Design
Author: Jeremiah Eck
Publisher: Taunton Press
Year: 2003
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ArchitectureWeek— Illustrates the hypothesis that a distinctive home is the result of a balance between site, floor plan, exterior elements, and interior details, regardless of style, region, or budget.

Architecture of the Home
Author: Ola Nylander
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2002
Amazon Price: $65.00
ArchitectureWeek— A study of what gives houses a welcoming atmosphere and positive environment — an interaction of functional and practical aspects with aesthetic and sensual ones — and what steps are involved in their design and construction.

Ecohouse2: A Design Guide
Author: Sue Roaf, Stephanie Thomas, and Manuel Fuentes
Publisher: Architectural Press
Year: 2003
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ArchitectureWeek— A how-to design guide for low-energy, environmentally friendly buildings, with notes on building design in a warming world and advice for taking the first step toward the zero-carbon emission buildings of tomorrow.

Outdoor Style: The Essence of Southwest Living
Author: Suzanne Pickett Martinson
Publisher: Northland Publishing
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $23.07
ArchitectureWeek— An illustrated exploration of southwest-themed back yards, patios, and other residential landscapes.

A House on the Water: Inspiration for Living at the Water's Edge
Author: Robert Knight
Publisher: Taunton Press
Year: 2003
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ArchitectureWeek— Case studies of 25 houses whose design is influenced by the bodies of water around them.

The House to Ourselves: Reinventing Home Once the Kids are Grown
Author: Connor Tom and Todd Lawson
Publisher: Taunton Press
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $35.00
ArchitectureWeek— An illustrated exploration of how parents with grown children, a rapidly growing demographic group, are changing their houses as their living needs change. Architects are responding with innovative solutions to the demand for homes designed for two but with room for more.

Floor Plan Manual: Housing
Author: Friederike Schneider
Publisher: Birkhauser
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— The third edition of this classic reference manual for the study and practice of residential layouts features 220 new drawings and 110 new photos. Examples include case studies from prominent modern architects such as Ben van Berkel, Caruso St. John, Kazujo Sejima, and MVRDV, and from 20th century masters such as Mies van der Rohe, Louis I. Kahn, Adolf Loos, and Richard Neutra.

The House You Build: Making Real-World Choices to Get the Home You Want
Author: Duo Dickinson
Publisher: The Taunton Press
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— This book outlines a way of building that is grounded in the realities of time and money, but focuses on a homeowner's dreams: building imaginatively on a budget, through careful choices. Includes "Six Rules on Getting What You Want" (and can afford), illustrated by a range of house styles from all over the United States.

The Farmhouse: New Inspiration for the Classic American Home
Author: Jean Rehkamp Larson
Publisher: The Taunton Press
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— This illustrated collection of contemporary interpretations of the nostalgic, iconic American farmhouse focuses on traditional elements such as porches, fireplaces, and nooks, all reconfigured for modern living.

The Getaway Home: Discovering Your Home Away from Home
Author: Dale Mulfinger
Publisher: The Taunton Press
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— A survey of 24 houses that demonstrate ways to escape from cities to remote woods, mountains, water sites, and deserts.

House About It
Author: Sheri Koones
Publisher: Gibbs Smith Publishers
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $18.96
ArchitectureWeek— A concise design guide for homeowners intent on remodeling their houses or building new. Includes detailed information on materials and design principles for roofs, siding, windows, doors, lighting, fireplaces, staircases and more. Contains ideas, references, workbooks, and decision aids.

The Abrams Guide to American House Styles
Author: William Morgan
Publisher: Abrams
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $30.40
ArchitectureWeek— Identification of house styles is made easy with this compact, accessible guide. Each style is described by author William Morgan, a Pulitzer Prize–nominated architectural historian, in a short historical summary, alongside a list of its distinguishing features. Multiple examples of each house style are provided—the book includes 350 houses from more than 40 states—so the reader can see the region-specific variations. This concise, informative, portable volume is an invaluable resource for house hunters, homeowners, and realtors; architects, builders, and students.

The Ranch House
Author: Alan Hess, Photography by Noah Sheldon
Publisher: Abrams
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $32.85
ArchitectureWeek— Alan Hess, one of the country's leading authorities on the 20th-century American home, offers the definitive look at the Ranch house as he guides readers on a tour of more than 30 iconic examples, all photographed especially for this book. Alan Hess is architecture critic for the San Jose Mercury News.

The Cabin Book
Author: Linda Leigh Paul
Publisher: Universe Publishing
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $26.37
ArchitectureWeek— A survey of this traditional American form, once rustic and simple, now comfortable and chic, putting owners in the wilderness without compromising comfort and style. Case studies include a little-known Wisconsin cabin designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and a one-room "urban" cabin in Portland, Oregon.

The Home House Project: The Future of Affordable Housing
Author: David J. Brown, editor
Publisher: The MIT Press
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $26.95
ArchitectureWeek— Chronicle of a multiyear national design initiative by the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art. The project challenged designers and architects to imagine a world in which sustainable and environmentally friendly materials, technologies, and techniques were considered important elements of housing for low- and moderate-income families. The book documents 25 prize-winning designs with essays connecting democratic values to housing quality and on the social responsibilities of architects.

The New Modern House
Author: Will Jones
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $23.10
ArchitectureWeek— In these 40 new houses, the synergy between the designer and client resulted in works that surpassed everyone's expectations. The book is divided into five thematic chapters — conditions, materials, environment, budget, and aesthetics — and each contains eight beautifully photographed case studies.

Today's City Houses
Author: Pilar Chueca
Publisher: Links International
Year: 2005
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ArchitectureWeek— Through recent examples by renowned international architects — MVRDV, Atelier Tekuto, Lorcan O' Herlihy Architects, and others — this monograph analyzes the difficulty of integrating new residential volumes into narrow and difficult sites and making them connect with the context through exemplary technical and formal methods.

Compact Interiors
Author: Carles Broto
Publisher: Links International
Year: 2005
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ArchitectureWeek— Twenty-one beautifully illustrated case studies of small houses designed to maximize functionality in limited space. The book includes floor plans, technical specifications, materials, and commentary of projects by Christian Pottgiesser, Jo Crepain, Koh Kitayama, Joel Sanders, and many more.

Green Dollhouse: Creating a Doll's Eye View of a Healthier World
Author: Fred McLennan, Jill Boone, and Jason F. McLennan, editors; Emily Hagopian, photographer
Publisher: Ecotone Publishing LLC
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $17.95
ArchitectureWeek— A celebration of ideas produced by entrants to the Green Dollhouse competition, sponsored by Sustainable San Mateo County in 2005. These compelling examples highlight the houses’ environmental features and lessons with photographs, how-to sections, and useful facts about sustainability. Children and adults can learn how our homes and offices can have smaller environmental footprints.

50 Great Kitchens by Architects
Author: Aisha Hasanovic, editor
Publisher: Images Publishing Group
Year: 2005
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ArchitectureWeek— Picture book of stunning kitchens by noted residential design firms such as Connor + Solomon Architects, Stanic Harding, and Stephen Jolson Architect Pty. Ltd.

Modular Mansions
Author: Sheri Koones
Publisher: Gibbs Smith, Publisher
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $26.37
ArchitectureWeek— Modular residential construction is no longer only for the “affordable” end of the cost spectrum. This book profiles 21 modular houses up to 12,700 square feet and in varied styles including arts & crafts, log cabin, and Victorian.

Kitchens for the Rest of Us: From the Kitchen You Have to the Kitchen You Love
Author: Peter Lemos
Publisher: Taunton Press
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $22.76
ArchitectureWeek— An illustrated guide to transforming a boring kitchen into a practical yet inspiring heart of the house. Twenty kitchen remodel case studies, all modest in size and budget, cover a range of styles and resources.

Retreats to Retirement: Dream Homes to Reality
Author: E. Ashley Rooney
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $30.36
ArchitectureWeek— As Americans age, many have converted their second home from a weekend retreat to a permanent place of residence. This book illustrates how to make a house age gracefully with a family's needs.

Treehouses in Paradise: Fantasy Designs for the 21st Century
Author: David Greenberg
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
Year: 2006
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ArchitectureWeek— In September 2000, urban designer and self-proclaimed anti-architect David Greenberg launched an international competition to solicit innovative, ecologically sound treehouse designs for implementation as hotels at far-flung resorts in Hawaii, China, Vietnam, and Fiji. Nearly 500 architects responded. This book compiles the top designs, chosen by an esteemed panel of judges. Floor plans, computer-generated renderings, elevation plans, and scale models appear with the wildly creative designs, along with descriptive essays by the architects, bringing these high-tech, low-cost structures to life and giving readers a look into an environmentally-friendly architectural future that is already present.

Natural Remodeling for the Not-So-Green House: Bringing Your Home into Harmony with Nature
Author: Carol Venolia and Kelly Lerner
Publisher: Lark Books
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $16.47
ArchitectureWeek— This lavishly photographed guide focuses on remodeling rather than building from scratch, as a better way to “go green.” The natural way of renovating means being in touch with the earth, from “easy fixes” such as adding plants for extra shade or trimming back those that block the sun, to more advanced projects, such as building a solar water-heating system.

The Barefoot Home: Dressed-Down Design for Casual Living
Author: Marc Vassallo
Publisher: Taunton Press
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $19.80
ArchitectureWeek— As our personal and professional lives become more demanding and hectic, people have reacted with a more casual, relaxed, and open way of living at home. An informal, “barefoot living” lifestyle is reflected in new ideas about home design. The 24 case studies include a long, low house on the Kansas prairie, an adobe house in New Mexico, and a New England cottage by the sea.

50 to 100 of the World's Best Vacation Homes
Author: Andrea Boekel, editor
Publisher: Images Publishing Group Pty Ltd
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $60.00
ArchitectureWeek— This book celebrates the holiday home, traditionally a place of rest, relaxation, and escape from the pressures of the 'real' world. Its many incarnations include beach shacks, mountain-top chalets, country estates, ranches and hobby farms, lakeside villas, and isolated cabins. The architecture of holiday homes reveals the shift in lifestyle that defines a vacation; architects are required to work closely with their clients to achieve just the right spirit.

Family Home of the New West
Author: Eliza Cross Castaneda
Publisher: Northland Publishing
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $21.95
ArchitectureWeek— A survey of homes, from the desert of the Southwest to the high country of the Rocky Mountains, that are stylish, personal, informal, and highly functional, for families that span different generations, interests, work, and school schedules, and with furnishings and materials that are flexible, adaptable, and beautiful. Special emphasis on outdoor spaces and environmentally-friendly applications and materials.

Country Houses Today (Interior Angles)
Author: Jeremy Melvin
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $58.86
ArchitectureWeek— New rural architecture is challenged by the rapidly changing relationship between countryside and city, driven by social and technological development. Here, history and tradition meet innovation and creativity, where raw nature assumes a different value from its status in past centuries. Examples from Kengo Kuma, Steven Holl, Lacaton Vassal, Eduardo Souto de Moura, Baumschlager + Eberle, Niall McLaughlin and Sean Godsell.

Timeless Kitchens
Author: Wim Pauwels
Publisher: Beta-Plus
Year: 2007
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ArchitectureWeek— An illustrated survey of 20 kitchens, by noted architects and interior designers, that exhibit quality and durability and reflect their owners' personality.

Sustainable Residential Interiors
Author: Associates III (Kari Foster, Annette Stelmack, ASID, and Debbie Hindman)
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $53.25
ArchitectureWeek— An illustrated guide to "green" design strategies for residential interiors, covering topics such as indoor air quality, low-impact materials, conserving energy and water, and support of construction teams in reducing waste. The book takes readers through an integrated design process, showing how sustainable principles and practices can be applied on virtually every level of interior design.

The 70s House
Author: David Heathcote and Sue Barr
Publisher: Wiley Academy Press
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $71.45
ArchitectureWeek— In the 1970s, architecture and interior design was at an important turning point: postwar modernism was giving way to a sense of adventure, indulgence in new technologies and gadgetry, and a renewed interest in historical style and the ecological. This collection of residential architecture from all over Europe and the United States demonstrates this rich aesthetic diversity.

Behind the Gates: Life, Security and the Pursuit of Happiness in Fortress America
Author: Setha Low
Publisher: Routledge
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $44.50
ArchitectureWeek— An account of life in gated communities in which an estimated one in eight Americans live in fear of social diversity. Many who move there are disheartened by the insularity and restrictive rules of the community.

The House Book
Author: Phaidon
Publisher: Phaidon Press Limited
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $9.95
ArchitectureWeek— This new mini edition of The House Book is an essential guide for anyone interested in houses, design and architecture. It presents a view of architects and designers responsible for some of the most diverse international houses of all time. A collection of 500 houses and traditional dwellings from around the world, from Hadrian’s Villa to Palladio’s Villa Rotunda and Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye to the contemporary houses of Richard Rogers and Frank Gehry. Each architect or designer is represented by a full page reproduction, mostly in color, of their most significant house and accompanying text that describes the image and its designer. Each page includes cross-references to other architects working in a similar style, movement, or time period. It includes a glossary of architectural terms and a directory of houses open to the public.

Atomic Home: A Guided Tour of the American Dream
Author: Whitney Matheson
Publisher: Collectors Press, Inc.
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— Atomic Home: A Guided Tour of the American Dream

Big Home, Big Challenge
Author: Kira Gould and Saxon Henry
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— Big Home, Big Challenge is a well-illustrated resource (200 full-color photographs) full of tips and techniques on how to meet the challenges of a large space. Readers will find solutions, advice, and resources from interior designers, architects, furniture specialists, contractors, and other design professionals. The appendix provides great resources that will be useful to anyone who is designing, building, buying, selling, renovating or just re-decorating. Big Home, Big Challenge is a great reference book no matter what size your living space.

American Designers' Houses
Author: Dominic Bradbury
Publisher: Vendome Press
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $31.50
ArchitectureWeek— The 20 designers featured in American Designers' Houses consider their homes part laboratory, part showroom-and entirely personal. By focusing on interior designers' own homes, this book captures their style -- uncompromised by clients' demands.

Artists' Houses
Author: Gerard-Georges Lemaire
Publisher: Vendome Press
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $33.75
ArchitectureWeek— The homes of some of the artists are featured in this illustrated volume. From Frederic Church's Moorish castle on the Hudson River to Claude Monet's house and garden at Giverny in the French countryside to Giorgio de Chirico's Roman apartment, this book reveals each artist's tastes and style. Artists' Houses is a close-up look at the hideaways that 15 European and American artists created for themselves, filling them with the art, furnishings and books. Each house bears the imprint of its owner: Alphonse Mucha's sitting room is awash in Belle Epoque furnishings and his own Art Nouveau posters. The parlor of Rosa Bonheur, known for her paintings of animals, contains her canvases along with taxidermic birds, mounted deer antlers, and plaster casts of animal legs. William Morris's Kelmscott Manor still retains the carpets, furnishings, and wallpapers he designed, as well as work by many of his fellow artists.

Out of Town: The Country House
Author: Peter Hyatt
Publisher: Images Publishing Group Pty Ltd
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $33.88
ArchitectureWeek— Out of Town brings together a collection of architects' responses to the challenges of building homes in the country.

In Detail: Single Family Houses
Author: Christian Schittich
Publisher: Birkhauser Books
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $55.50
ArchitectureWeek— The private single-family house is by far the most popular form of housing, and because of its size, it is a popular project with architects. In this book, 15 international examples are presented, reviewing the most important aspects of construction including the use of wood, steel, brickwork and concrete which have all become established materials for this type of building. All plans and details from the base to the roof have been painstakingly researched. The uniform presentation makes the information accessible, inviting comparison and analysis. The authors provide explanatory introductions to the fundamental aspects of planning, from the design of the floor plans to execution, and they set this type of building within the context of the 20th century, pointing towards the potential developments of the single family house.

Cliffhangers and Hillside Homes: Views from the Treetops
Author: E. Ashley Rooney
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $29.16
ArchitectureWeek— Aside from soaring views, hillside houses offer alternatives to (increasingly scarce) flat-land building sites. This book illustrates over 50 houses across the United States, including Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece Fallingwater. Thirty notable architects describe the challenges and rewards of their work.

Prefabulous: The House of Your Dreams Delivered Fresh from the Factory
Author: Sheri Koones
Publisher: Taunton Press
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $16.50
ArchitectureWeek— There are many systems available for prefabricating all or parts of a new home, including timber frame and log, as well as modular, panelized, structural insulated panels, steel framing and concrete systems. Prefabulous describes these systems, compares their advantages and disadvantages, and shows beautiful examples of houses built in a controlled factory environment.

Friedrich Kiesler: Endless House 1947-1961
Author: Friedrich Kiesler
Publisher: Hatje Cantz Publishers
Year: 2003
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ArchitectureWeek— An organically shaped house, poly-dimensional and without beginning or end - the Endless House is the influential life's dream of the Austrian architect Friedrich Kiesler. Forty years after his death, Kiesler's organic formal language continues to influence the world of architecture. This exhibition catalog presents a series of sketches, drawings, architectural plans, photographs as well as theoretical texts by Kiesler, including the unpublished book Magic Architecture showing different conceptual phases of the endless House from the 1940's to the early 1960's.

Adobe Houses for Today: Flexible Plans for Your Adobe Home
Author: Laura Sanchez, Alex Sanchez
Publisher: Sunstone Press
Year: 2001
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ArchitectureWeek— An illustrated guide to planning, designing, building, and remodeling adobe houses.

CEPHEUS: Living Comfort without Heating
Author: Helmut Krapmeier and Eckart Drossler
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Year: 2002
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ArchitectureWeek— Exemplary examples of low-cost, passively heated buildings, made comfortable without heating or air-conditioning. Sponsored by CEPHEUS, a European consortium of experts dedicated to passive house standards.

Timberframe : The Art and Craft of the Post-And-Beam Home
Author: Tedd Benson
Publisher: Taunton Press
Year: 1999
Amazon Price: $30.40
ArchitectureWeek— A review of 29 American houses in diverse contexts, characterized by heavy timber columns and beams that, unlike stud framing, are meant to be exposed and admired as a finished architectural element.

Bungalows: Design Ideas for Renovating, Remodeling, and Building New
Author: M. Caren Connolly, Louis Wasserman
Publisher: Taunton Press
Year: 2002
Amazon Price: $19.77
ArchitectureWeek— Design ideas for bungalow-style remodels and new construction. Twenty case studies show how to add onto the house, open it up, or raise the roof, while keeping the integrity of the original design.

Capes: Design Ideas for Renovating, Remodeling and Building New
Author: Jane Gitlin
Publisher: Taunton Press
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $19.77
ArchitectureWeek— How to modify and embellish the Cape Cod house, a longtime symbol of middle-class comfort and modesty. Part of the Updating Classic America series.

From Sand Castles to Dream Houses: A Planner for Building or Remodeling Your Home
Author: Sheri Koones
Publisher: Hanley-Wood LLC
Year: 2002
Amazon Price: $24.99
ArchitectureWeek— A resource book for anyone considering building or remodeling their home, with a planner for keeping track of the project before, during, and after its completion.

The New Color Book: 45,000 Color Combinations for your Home
Author: Anna Sanderson, Senior Executive Editor
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $18.96
ArchitectureWeek— The Color Book has sold almost 200,000 copies, and is the must-have color manual for the home decorator. This completely revised and updated version features all-new colors in fresh and contemporary palettes. Ninety-six pages, each cut horizontally into three sections -- floor, walls, and ceiling -- can be flipped separately to instantly mix-and-match a vast array of colors. The concept is brilliant - but the construction of the book is somewhat awkward because the pages tend to flop around in a disordered manner. The book is still a success - and covers the bathroom, bedroom, living room, and kitchen. The New Color Book visually demonstrates 45,000 different color combinations, offering inspiration and assistance in selecting color schemes for every room. The accompanying text presents an accessible guide to choosing and mixing colors, while a color key and practical directory offer additional resources.

Cabin Kitchens & Baths
Author: Franklin and Esther Schmidt
Publisher: Gibbs Smith Publishers
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— Cabin Kitchens & Baths is the first book to look specifically at the challenges that can come with decorating or remodeling bathrooms and kitchens in log homes and cabins—small spaces, unusually shaped rooms, and lighting issues. Cabin Kitchens & Baths offers tips from professionals in the log home building industry on cabinetry, appliances, architectural details, color, and floor plans. Franklin and Esther Schmidt focus on the architectural elements, furnishings, appliances, design and décor, and include inspiring kitchen floor plans and expert sidebars as well as beautiful photography.

Country and Suburban Houses of the Twenties: With Photographs and Floor Plans
Author: Bernard Wells Close
Publisher: Dover Publications
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— This reprint of a rare book contains scores of illustrations and floor plans for eighty American homes, among them a spacious Pennsylvania fieldstone colonial; a modest, three-bedroom suburban bungalow; and an artist's two-story studio/residence in California. A great primary reference for architects and students of architectural history; of special value to anyone interested in restoring old homes. 104 black-and-white illustrations.

In Detail: House Design: McInturff Architects
Author: Mark McInturff
Publisher: Images Publishing
Year: 2001
Amazon Price: $27.24
ArchitectureWeek— The residential projects of Maryland architect Mark McInturff, with an introduction by Michael J. Crosbie.

Swatt Architects: Livable Modern (House Design S.)
Author: Michael Webb
Publisher: The Images Publishing Group
Amazon Price: $37.62
ArchitectureWeek— Swatt Architects is an award-winning San Francisco Bay Area firm known for fusing a modernist sensibility with the particular challenges of California landscapes to create unique spaces for living. The firm has been recognised internationally for creating distinctive, livable modern architecture that emphasises the creative use of structure, elegant detailing that expresses the nature of materials, and spatial continuity and transparency that expands interior space and blurs the distinction between indoors and outdoors. This new publication documents the firm’s most significant residential design work and examines in detail its individual approach to house design.

Oscar Niemeyer Houses
Author: Alan Hess
Publisher: Rizzoli
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $40.95
ArchitectureWeek— Perhaps best known as the designer of the City of Brasilia, this modern master was also creator of lavish houses. They respond to a wide range of sites: the steep hillsides of Rio, the Atlantic shore, the rainforest, and the residential neighborhoods of Rio and Sao Paulo. Photographer Alan Weintraub captures their character and Niemeyer's creative genius.

Casa Adobe
Author: Karen Witynski and Joe P. Carr
Publisher: Gibbs Smith Publisher
Year: 2001
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ArchitectureWeek— A review of historic and modern applications of this ageless construction tradition, with examples from Mexico and the southwest United States.

Space Planning for Commercial and Residential Interiors
Author: Sam Kubba
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $57.37
ArchitectureWeek— A reference guide and design tool to set the stage for interiors that succeed functionally and aesthetically. Learn about space allocation, human factors, building-code issues, and building systems for a variety of space types, from home offices to hospitals.

Sydney Houses
Author: Alejandro Bahamon
Publisher: te Neues Publishing Company
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $18.96
ArchitectureWeek— A tour of Sydney, Australia’s domestic architecture, revealing rich contrasts and an eclectic mixture of styles and displaying the creative spirit among Sydney’s architects.

Stone Houses: Colonial to Contemporary
Author: Lee Goff with Photographs by Paul Rocheleau
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Year: 2002
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ArchitectureWeek— Stone Houses: Colonial to Contemporary is a book that will exite architects, designers, and historians. In 200 color photographs of residences, inside and out, Stone Houses traces the development of domestic stone architecture in the United States. Providing general descriptions of featured styles and building techniques, as well as personal histories of the private homes, the informative text crosses the country as it covers everything from Dutch colonial farm houses to eclectic Victorian mansions to whimsical stone cottages to modernist expressions by Frank Lloyd Wright and others. Lee Goff, an architecture historian, is the author of Stone Built and a number of articles on preservation technology. Paul Rocheleau is a renowned architecture photographer whose work has appeared in numerous publications and books.

Space : Japanese Design Solutions for Compact Living
Author: Michael Freeman
Publisher: Universe Publishing
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $19.77
ArchitectureWeek— A photographic exploration of Japanese architecture and design in size-constricted areas, exploring imaginative, ingenious, and revolutionary solutions to space-compromised living that blends cultural traditions in a modern approach.

Building Type Basics for Housing
Author: Robert Chandler et. al.
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $75.00
ArchitectureWeek— A practical guide for architects, planners, engineers, and developers, for a variety of housing types, written by experts from the firm Goody Clancy. Guidelines, planning concepts, and lessons learned for single-family detached units, townhouses, multifamily units in mid-rise and highrise buildings, and housing in mixed-use buildings. Topics include community-planning, site layout, zoning and code issues, parking, and material and systems selection.

The Green House: New Directions In Sustainable Architecture
Author: Alanna Stang and Christopher Hawthorne
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Year: 2005
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ArchitectureWeek— A critical survey of sustainable residential design from the arid deserts of Tucson, Arizona to the icy forests of Poori, Finland, to the tropical beaches of New South Wales, Australia to the urban jungle of downtown Manhattan. Projects by greater and lesser known architects are presented with large color photos, plans, drawings, and a description of their environmental features.

50 Great Bathrooms by Architects
Author: Aisha Hasanovic, editor
Publisher: Images Publishing Group
Year: 2005
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ArchitectureWeek— Picture book of stunning bathrooms by noted residential design firms such as House + House, McIntosh Poris, Stanic Harding, and Mark English Architects.

100 Top Houses from Down Under
Author: Robyn Beaver
Publisher: Images Publishing Group
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $40.50
ArchitectureWeek— This collection of projects from the best architects and interior designers in Australia and New Zealand includes beach houses, city apartments, country retreats, and suburban homes, with beautiful views, clever use of indigenous or local materials, and inventive responses to climate and site.

Inside the Not So Big House: Discovering the Details that Bring a Home to Life
Author: Sarah Susanka and Marc Vassallo
Publisher: Taunton Press
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $23.07
ArchitectureWeek— The authors show how opting for personalized, well crafted spaces results in a home that comforts and nourishes far better than houses that are larger and less thoughtfully designed. Details that can bring an otherwise ordinary house to life include dropped ceilings, built-in shelves, pocket doors, window seats, and well-placed alcoves. Illustrated with examples from all over the United States.

Boldt Castle : In Search of the Lost Story
Author: Paul Malo
Publisher: Laurentian Press
Year: 2001
Amazon Price: $13.57
ArchitectureWeek— Boldt Castle, on an island between New York State and the Canadian province of Ontario, is one of America's largest houses. This is the story about the Boldt family, the castle, and its controversial renovations.

The Art Deco House: Avant-Garde Houses of the 1920s and 1930s
Author: Adrian Tinniswood
Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications
Year: 2002
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ArchitectureWeek— An essential reference of art deco design, including detailed overviews of the design, decoration, furnishings, and gardens of the art deco house, covering such themes as urbanism, streamline moderne, and modernist ideas for estates and apartment blocks.

Victorian Houses and their Details
Author: Helen C. Long
Publisher: Architectural Press
Year: 2002
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ArchitectureWeek— This illustrated reference source for Victorian architecture presents architectural detailing and design in the context of the era.

Hollywood Haven: Homes and Haunts of the European Emigres and Exiles in Los Angeles
Author: Cornelius Schnauber
Publisher: Ariadne Press
Year: 1997
Amazon Price: $17.00
ArchitectureWeek— Hollywood Haven is a fascinating "who's who" book detailing who was where in Los Angeles. It is an unusual travel guide that take a slice, be it a large slice, of people and trace them through the buildings they lived in, moved through, and left behind. The book is filled with many rarely seen black and white pictures of the people and places of historical and architectural interest. Readers get a chance to see the haunts of many of the famous emigres who helped to shape Hollywood into what is is today.

Beautiful Bungalows of the Twenties
Author: Edited by Building Age and The Builders' Journal
Publisher: Dover
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $12.95
ArchitectureWeek— This reference volume was originally published by Building Age and The Builders' Journal, New York in 1923. This Dover reproduction displays a variety of handsome bungalows built in the early 1920s from Maine to California. Included are illustrations of bungalows for a small family, a farm bungalow, a stucco bungalow design, a chalet in Los Angeles, and other models.

Sears House Designs of the Thirties
Author: Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Publisher: Dover
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $10.36
ArchitectureWeek— This reprint of a rare 1930s catalog displays the interiors and exteriors of Sears-designed homes. Illustrations of 68 houses, including measured floor plans, depict such attractive residences as the Belmont-a six-room house with vestibule, breakfast alcove, and one-and-a-half baths-and the Dover-an English cottage with a massive chimney and unusual roof lines. Invaluable to restorationists and people interested in preserving homes of this period. Over 200 black-and-white illustrations.

Colonial Houses: The Historical Homes of Williamsburg
Author: Hugh Howard
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— Domestic design and construction expert and historic preservation writer Hugh Howard provides a tour of favorite Colonial Williamsburg restorations. Colonial Houses is a great resource of ideas and useful information. Howard presents each house in beautiful new color photographs and an easy-to-read floor plan, revealing all the characteristic architectural details that define the Williamsburg style. Relating the stories of the restoration projects that gave these structures new life, this book covers large and small houses, including those that are open to visitors as well as rarely shown private examples.

The Colonial Revival House
Author: Richard Guy Wilson
Publisher: Abrams
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— Richard Guy Wilson, the foremost expert on the subject, leads the reader on a tour of 40 of the finest examples of the Colonial Revival, illustrating its evolution, from its earliest sources, as well as its regional variations. Including exquisite, antique-filled houses by many of America's greatest domestic architects, from McKim, Mead & White to Robert A.M. Stern.

Mies Van Der Rohe: The Krefeld Villas
Author: Kent Kleinman and Leslie Van Duzer
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $23.64
ArchitectureWeek— An illustrated account of the previously unknown Krefeld Villas, a pair of neighboring brick residences designed by Mies Van Der Rohe and built from 1927 to 1930. Their anonymity may have been Mies's preference. In 1959, he quipped that he would have preferred to use more glass, but the clients objected. This guide through the two villas shows them as they now exist, converted into a joined museum of contemporary art.

Paul Rudolph: The Florida Houses
Author: Christopher Domin and Joseph King
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Year: 2002
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ArchitectureWeek— Between 1941 and 1962, modernist architect Paul Rudolph built about 60 houses on the west coast of Florida. This book presents Rudolph's own renderings and Ezra Stoller's period photography from source material from the Paul Rudolph Archive at The Library of Congress. The houses illustrate Rudolph's ambition, discipline, and inventiveness.

The Cape Cod Cottage
Author: William Morgan
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $21.33
ArchitectureWeek— The Cape Cod cottage has been a popular American residential styles for almost 400 years, but historians have tended to ignore the modest style, relegating it to a vernacular footnote along with barns and mills. This book describes the important style — born of a combination of necessity and tradition — in its historical context.

Mobile: The Art of Portable Architecture
Author: Jennifer Siegal
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Year: 2002
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ArchitectureWeek— An exploration of contemporary examples of portable and mobile structures, from the microenvironment of a house that attaches to your body to the city-scaled macroenvironment of an entire community whose living units plug into a framework of flexible communal space.

The Minimum Dwelling
Author: Karel Teige, (Eric Dluhosch, Translator)
Publisher: MIT Press
Year: 2002
Amazon Price: $49.93
ArchitectureWeek— The avant-garde Czech artist and designer Karel Teige (1900-1951) proposed provocative and humane ideas for modern housing. His treatise of 1932 is now translated into English for the first time.

Green by Design: Creating a Home for Sustainable Living
Author: Angela Dean
Publisher: Gibbs Smith, Publisher
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $16.47
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Houses of Saint-Tropez
Author: Marie Bariller
Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $34.20
ArchitectureWeek— Rustic farms and vineyards, oceanfront cottages belonging to local fishermen, majestic chateaux: All are a testament to Saint-Tropez's diverse architectural heritage. Each house has its own distinct charm. The casual elegance of Saint-Tropez is captured in this intimate view of 25 interiors.

Atomic Kitchen: Gadgets and Inventions for Yesterday's Cook
Author: Brian Alexander
Publisher: Collectors Press, Inc.
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— Atomic Kitchen presents a gallery of gadgets, features, and cooking devices that appeared and, in some cases, disappeared during the creative cooking of the 1950s.

Greene & Greene: The Blacker House
Author: Randell L. Makinson, Thomas A. Heinz, and Brad Pitt
Publisher: Gibbs Smith Publisher
Year: 2000
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ArchitectureWeek— A monograph on the Robert Roe Blacker House (1907), the largest and most elaborate of the Greene & Greene style.

Fallingwater Rising: Frank Lloyd Wright, E.J. Kaufmann , and America's Most Extraordinary House
Author: Franklin Toker
Publisher: Knopf
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— Fallingwater Rising is the story not only of an architect but of one of the most famous houses of the twentieth century. Scholars and the public have long praised the virtues of the house that Frank Lloyd Wright situated over a Pennsylvania waterfall in 1937. Toker studied Fallingwater for eighteen years and presents a fresh perspective on the relationship between the architect and E.J. Kaufmann, who commissioned the house. The book includes 16 pages of color photographs and 97 illustrations. Toker reveals the fascinating history of the creation and life of what is arguably the most important house of twentieth century America.

Mies van der Rohe: Farnsworth House
Author: Maritz Vandenberg
Publisher: Phaidon
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $12.71
ArchitectureWeek— This slim volume sets the house within its historical context and details every aspect of the building's life from its conception, through legal wrangles and flood damage, to its reconstruction. Illustrated with commissioned photography and detailed drawings, Farnsworth House provides an in depth account of this icon of 20th century modernist architecture.

The Seattle Bungalow: People and Houses, 1900-1940
Author: Janet Ore
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $18.96
ArchitectureWeek— In The Seattle Bungalow, Janet Ore modifies the common notion that architectural change flows only from the design elite - the architects, domestic reformers, and planners who advocate for changes in domestic architecture - and argues that ordinary people played a crucial role in creating the bungalow. Through their growing power as consumers, modest-income families influenced the physical form of early twentieth-century houses and suburban landscapes.

The Arts & Crafts Cabin
Author: Robbin Obomsawin with photography by Roger Wade
Publisher: Gibbs Smith Publishers
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $26.37
ArchitectureWeek— The Arts & Crafts Cabin uses color photography, floor plans, and compelling historical text to showcase how the principles and philosophy of William Morris, Gustav Stickley, and Charles and Henry Greene combine with modern artistry to create some of the most exciting residential and recreational architecture being created today. Robbin Obomsawin is the author of Small Log Homes, Best Log Home Plans, The Not So Log Cabin, and Log Cabin Classics. Roger Wade is an architectural/interior photographer specializing in log and timber frame homes.

Residential Interior Design: A Guide to Planning Spaces
Author: Maureen Mitton and Courtney Nystuen
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $40.96
ArchitectureWeek— A room-by-room guide to residential interior design that teaches the fundamental skills and understanding of human factors needed to plan interior spaces for all types of houses, in many styles, from remodeling to new construction. Using drawings and photographs, the authors explore the minimal amount of space that rooms need to function usefully, with information about building codes, mechanical and electrical systems, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and special considerations for multifamily dwellings.

Stone: Designing Kitchens, Baths & Interiors With Natural Stone
Author: Heather E. Adams and Earl G. Adams, Jr.
Publisher: Stewart, Tabori & Chang
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $24.75
ArchitectureWeek— A photographic review of the use of natural stone in residential design, from tiled floors and fireplace surrounds to kitchen and bathroom counters of granite, marble, limestone, slate, and travertine.

Designing a Home with Wood
Author: Earl G. Adams and Heather Steinbach
Publisher: Stuart, Tabori and Chang
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— An inspirational style guide and a technical manual for professional contractors and do-it-yourselfers, featuring elements such as carved entryways, ornate moldings, inlaid floors, antique furniture, beamed ceilings, and kitchen cabinetry. Sections on types of wood, methods of use, styles and special effects, purchasing, and maintenance.

Country and Suburban Houses of the Twenties: With Photographs and Floor Plans
Author: Bernard Wells Close
Publisher: Dover Publications
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— This reprint of a rare book contains scores of illustrations and floor plans for eighty American homes, among them a spacious Pennsylvania fieldstone colonial; a modest, three-bedroom suburban bungalow; and an artist's two-story studio/residence in California. A great primary reference for architects and students of architectural history; of special value to anyone interested in restoring old homes. 104 black-and-white illustrations.

The Small House in Eighteenth-Century London
Author: Peter Guillery
Publisher: Yale University Press
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $85.00
ArchitectureWeek— This engaging book investigates the largely forgotten small houses that survive from the eighteenth century. It reveals the era’s urban architecture and the lives of a culturally distinctive metropolitan population. Guillery discusses how where, by and for whom the houses were built, stressing vernacular continuity and local variability. He examines the effects of creeping industrialization, and considers the nature of speculative suburban growth. Providing evocative illustrations, he compares these houses to urban domestic architecture elsewhere, and suggests that the eighteenth-century vernacular metropolis has enduring influence.

Building with Nature: Inspiration for the Arts and Crafts Home
Author: Leslie Freudenheim
Publisher: Gibbs Smith, Publisher
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $29.70
ArchitectureWeek— This new edition focuses on the 19th-century beginnings of the San Francisco Bay Area shingle style and Arts & Crafts collaboration in the trend toward building simple rustic homes in harmony with nature. The book explores how a small, influential group, including Joseph Worcester, Bernard Maybeck, and Charles Keeler, transformed a devotion to John Ruskin and California's natural beauty into a unique architectural movement.

Modern to Classic: Residential Estates by Landry Design Group
Author: Oscar Riera Ojeda, editor
Publisher: Oro Editions
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $54.75
ArchitectureWeek— A survey of large houses in Southern California by architect Richard Landry. They range in style from classical to modern and in size from 5,000 to 30,000 square feet (460 to 2800 square meters). They have been designed to resemble contemporary compounds, French chateaux, Italian villas, English manors, and neoclassical estate.

The Simple Home: The Luxury of Enough (American Institute Architects)
Author: Sarah Nettleton
Publisher: Taunton
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $26.40
ArchitectureWeek— Twenty-one case studies of houses that are elegantly simple, arguing against commodified and overstimulated environments. These human-scaled, unadorned houses, with straightforward floor plans and forms, have open, light-filled spaces that express their beauty through utility, practicality, and green-ness.

The New Bungalow Kitchen
Author: Peter Labau
Publisher: Taunton Press
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $19.80
ArchitectureWeek— This book shows readers how to update bungalow kitchens — which originally may have been rustic and under-equipped by modern standards — to handle today's lifestyle needs and personal preferences. It provides historical nuggets about bungalow kitchens and a plethora of ideas about how to create a tastefully restored or remodeled kitchen, or how to build new within the traditional style.

The Problem of the House: French Domestic Life And the Rise of Modern Architecture
Author: Alex T. Anderson
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $60.00
ArchitectureWeek— "The problem of the house is a problem of the epoch," stated Swiss architect Le Corbusier; architecture, he felt, should focus on everyday life and produce housing that is "made for living in." This book explores the work of a group of like-minded designers in France, the architects-décorateurs, who committed themselves to designing and equipping the modern house. The author traces the development of their ideas in France from the Salons d'Automne displays of 1900 through the post-World War I period, when the early modern architects, influenced by cubism and art nouveau, established architecture as a human-centered art.

Women and the Making of the Modern House
Author: Alice T. Friedman
Publisher: Yale University Press
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $20.75
ArchitectureWeek— An investigation of how women patrons of architecture were essential catalysts for innovation in domestic architectural design. By looking at such iconic houses as Hollyhock House (Frank Lloyd Wright), the Truus Schröder House (Gerrit Rietveld), the Edith Farnsworth House (Ludwig Mies van der Rohe), the Constance Perkins House (Richard Neutra), and the Vanna Venturi House (Robert Venturi), the author explores the challenges that unconventional attitudes presented to architectural thinking — and to the architects themselves.

Portable and Prefabricated Houses of the Thirties: The E.F. Hodgson Company 1935 and 1939 Catalogs
Author: Paul H. Tedesco and James B. Tedesco
Publisher: JBT Publishing
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $19.95
ArchitectureWeek— A reproduction of the 1935 and 1939 catalogs of the E. F. Hodgson Company, which sold prefabricated houses around the United States and around the world. The specialty house mail-order catalog company distributed precut, portable houses from 1892 to 1944, and became an important economic force in simple agricultural communities.

California Mediterranean
Author: Marc Appleton
Publisher: Rizzoli
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $33.75
ArchitectureWeek— In the early 20th-century, architects designing houses for the balmy climate of Southern California were influenced by the style of the villas of Italy, Morocco, and other countries fronting the Mediterranean Sea. The resulting style — noted for its simplicity and often asymmetrical, undecorated facades — merged the European romantic with American ingenuity. This book includes examples by Julia Morgan, Bertram Goodhue, Addison Mizner, George Washington Smith, and Wallace Neff.

The Perfect $100,000 House: A Trip Across America and Back in Pursuit of a Place to Call Home
Author: Karrie Jacobs
Publisher: Viking Adult
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $10.63
ArchitectureWeek— Many people consider owning their own home as the fulfillment of the American Dream, but quality and affordability are a rare combination. Founding editor in chief of Dwell magazine Karrie Jacobs went on a coast-to-coast search for well-built, intelligently designed, reasonably priced, decent-size houses. This book is the chronicle of the diverse examples she found throughout her journey.

Cottages and Mansions of the Jersey Shore
Author: Caroline Seebohm
Publisher: Rivergate Books
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $30.36
ArchitectureWeek— The Jersey Shore is 127 miles of sand, surf, untamed marshlands, endless dunes, kitschy boardwalks, quirky shops, pulsing casinos, countless examples of offbeat culture — and a repository of nostalgia. This is a collection of personal accounts, historical anecdotes, and photographs that survey the cottages, bungalows, and mansions have served as summer homes for generations. From wrap-around porches to wooden turrets with stunning views, this book showcases the eclectic architecture of the classy, tough, and diverse Jersey Shore.

Natural Timber Frame Homes
Author: Wayne Bingham and Jerod Pfeffer
Publisher: Gibbs Smith, Publisher
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $19.77
ArchitectureWeek— This book suggests that locally available materials result in more durable and beautiful houses. It urges designers to consider the source of wood, stone, clay, and straw and suggests that this awareness contributes to our perception of character in a finished house. Building naturally also gives us the feedback necessary to be conscientious environmental and economic stewards and allows us to play a meaningful role in the creation of a dwelling.

Strawbale Home Plans
Author: Wayne Bingham and Colleen Smith
Publisher: Gibbs Smith, Publisher
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $16.49
ArchitectureWeek— Strawbale houses and buildings are beautiful and personal works of art constructed by hand. The idea of building with strawbale is appealing to many because of its energy efficiency, insulating qualities, and organic nature. This handbook offers practical advice on how to build with this alternative material. It features 31 single-level country houses, cottages, and studios, and community buildings. It describes the homeowners' building experiences and the special features of each structure.

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