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Home Plan Doctor: The Essential Companion for Anyone Buying a Home Design Planby Larry W. Garnett
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Every new house begins with a dream—and a home plan. But it can be terrifying to commit a lifetime of savings to a two-dimensional drawing that's difficult to interpret and visualize. Will the space meet your needs? Is the plan well-designed? Will it really turn out to be your dream house, or is it a potential nightmare?
In Home Plan Doctor, Larry Garnett makes basic design principles accessible, explaining in clear language how to navigate every stage of the planning process, from selecting a plan to evaluating the suitability of the design, room by room, and requesting needed modifications. Using sample floor plans and illustrations from readily available plans, this book is a practical guide for everything from placing the kitchen island to evaluating the effect of the roof pitch on the proportions of the house. And Garnett doesn't overlook the basics; he includes sections on what to look for in a building site, how to read a basic floor plan, and what to expect when you order the "blueprints," or construction documents.
Whether you're purchasing a stock plan or working with an architect, and whether you're buying a design for am entire house or an addition, you'll find this handbook to be an indispensable guide.
Every new house begins with a dream and a home plan. Garnett, a home plan designer for 30 years, makes basic design principles accessible to buyers, explaining in clear language how to navigate every stage of the process, from selecting a plan to evaluating the suitability of the design.
You can't build a great home without a great home plan. How will you know if you have a great home plan if you don't understand how to read the designer's drawings? Larry Garnett, the home plan doctor, takes the mystery out of home designs, walking you through every room of your plan---changing a window here, the length of a hallway there---to create your dream house.
The Home Plan Doctor Helps You:
*Avoid costly delays by getting the details right the first time
*Visualize and interpret sample floor plans
*Ask all the right questions and make the proper adjustments
*Develop a house plan that makes sense for your building site
*Decipher the work of design professionals
*Tailor your home plan to suit your family's needs
*Modify existing plans to meet local building codes
*Apply your knowledge of home plans to remodeling projects
About the Author
Larry W. Garnett has designed homes for 30 years and won numerous design awards. His designs have been featured in Southern Living, Better Homes & Gardens, and House Beautiful. He has been a featured speaker at housing design seminars, including Harvard's Graduate School of Design. In 1997, Larry was inducted into the American Institute of Building Design's College of Fellows (FAIBD). He lives in Texas.
Table of Contents
Part One — Making Plans
1 What Comes First?
2 Finding a House Plan
3 Defining Good Design
Part Two — Exterior Design Elements
4 The Right Style for You
5 Approaching the House
6 Cladding and Windows
7 Roofs and Porches
Part Three — Interior Design Elements
8 A Space of Your Own
9 Practical Considerations
10 Come Inside
11 Kitchen and Dining
12 Bed and Bath
13 Hardworking Rooms
*Design Criteria Form
*Stock Plan Customization Form
Conceptual Plan Index
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