Creating a New Old House: Yesterday's Character for Today's by Russell Versaci

By Russell Versaci

Someone who yearns for an older home-but is daunted by way of the possibility of possessing one-will love this ebook. via inspiring images and fascinating textual content, the writer describes what supplies conventional houses their enduring attraction. the homes illustrate the artistic paintings of architects, developers, and craftsmen who're forging the stream towards development new houses that catch an old-home sensibility. Versaci identifies 8 Pillars of conventional layout that create an excellent beginning for combining actual, conventional layout with livability to create houses that think previous but reside new.- contains a big array of latest, old-house styles--from colonials to farmhouses--from all around the state.

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An outdoor fireplace and grille provide a romantic focal point for the brick dining patio. Coarsely textured stucco walls are reminiscent of a typical rural Spanish casa del campo. The wrought-iron balcony is another picturesque Spanish detail, added for authenticity. 25 • homas, an architect, designed his home in the lush foothills of Montecito, keeping three Pillars of Traditional Design in mind. First, the house Respects the Character of Place, fitting snugly into the landscape so it looks as if the grove of ancient oaks and eucalyptus trees had matured around it over the past hundred years.

The horse barn, built at the turn of the last century, is a classic western-style two-story barn made of hewn logs with a timber-frame hayloft above the ground-floor horse stalls. But the barn has been refitted as a game room and guest quarters with a homespun cowboy character. A Most of the calving sheds on the original cattle ranch were torn down, but the wagon shed was rebuilt. The new ranch compound includes the renovated old horse barn and the old blacksmith’s shop, now used to house equipment.

The informal composition of clustered parts recalls the architecture of traditional Native American village pueblos. A COLLECTION OF CONNECTING PARTS Looking much like the early pueblos, or communal American Indian villages of adobe dwellings, this new adobe house is a tightly knit structure of many connected parts. From afar, the house looks like a scattered collection of native adobe building blocks tucked into the mature piñon pines. In ancient pueblo architecture, each part of the house is added on to join the whole.

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