Here's the dustjacket blurb that will suck you in.... promise......especially if you are planning to build, or currently designing, a home:
"Have you ever driven down a street filled with newly built homes and wondered why it just didn't feel right? Or looked at a house festooned with porticos, porches, and columns, and asked yourself, "What's wrong with this picture?" In this comprehensive and authoritative guide, Marianne Cusato explains why so many of today's traditional-style buildings miss the mark; describes the essential elements of a house, how they work together, and how to avoid common mistakes at every stage of the design and construction process.
Creating a well-designed building that looks and feels right isn't a matter of sticking on shutters or applying trim here and there. To be successful both on paper and on site requires fluency in the language of architecture. Written with designer Ben Pentreath, Get Your House Right, teaches you how to speak this language and how to "read" it in every house you see. It covers the vocabulary (components such as windows, doors, and eaves) and grammar (the rules we use to put those components together) in depth and rigorous detail. It also offers practical advice on which elements and materials to choose in order to achieve a beautiful, harmonious, authentic design.
.... Get Your House Right is an essential reference for builders, contractors, homeowners, and home buyers. It's also a rich source of inspiration and pleasure for armchair architects, design enthusiasts, and everyone who appreciates a beautiful building."
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I tell you, it's good stuff.