Synopses & Reviews
Celebrating the American Home brings together the best 50 houses featured in books from the Taunton Press in the past five years. These houses, which range from the irresistibly cozy to the magisterial to the daringly innovative, were selected by a panel of distinguished residential architects who are members of the American Institute of Architects including Jeremiah Eck, Duo Dickinson, and John Connell, who chose the houses based on how well they reflected the core qualities of great home design. Each house is showcased in four to six pages and shown from a variety of views, with a brief introductory text explaining what makes the house unique and color photographs illustrating the key design features. Sidebars elaborate on why the architects selected each house, while an introductory chapter provides a detailed explanation of those core qualities that distinguish a great home: human-size scale, livability, quality of craft, connection to site, and distinctive design.
Synopsis -- What makes a great American Home? A tiny woodland cottage on Whidbey Island... a remodeled Midwestern ranch ... a brownstone in New York City... a beach house on Martha's Vineyard. These are but a few of the 350 houses that The Taunton Press has published in the past ten years, but as different as they are from one another; they all have one thing in common. They all share certain core qualities that distinguish them as great American homes. The 50 house in this collection were selected by a panel of distinguished residential architects, The Taunton Press, and The American Institute of Architects, who chose the houses based on how well they illustrate great residential design. With a foreward by Sarah Susanka, Celebrating the American Home will inspire homeowners to discover a new way to think about their homes.
Each house is showcased in four to six pages and shown from a variety of views, with a brief introductory text explaining what makes the house unique and color photographs illustrating the key design features. Sidebars elaborate why the architects selected each house.
About the Author
Bouknight is a former editor for Fine Homebuilding magazine. She is a licensed architect.
Jeremiah Eck is a contributor for Taunton Press titles including The Face of Home.A self-styled maverick within the profession, Duo Dickinson, AIA, is an architect in Madison, Connecticut. He is the author of five books on residential design, including The Small House (McGraw-Hill, 1986) and Small Houses for the Next Century (McGraw-Hill, 1995). His design philosophy has been summarized in The New York Times as: "Design it small, make it as beautiful as possible, and practice every trick in the book to keep it as cheap as possible."