Renovate/Restore

 
  • House Beautiful The ...

    I usually tend to get a bit nauseous whenever I see copious amounts of floral fabric in a room (I call it the 'cabbage rose' syndrome), especially if there are table skirts involved. If any of you seem to share these symptoms, don't worry, you won't run into that stuff in this book. Sure, there are some interior shots that tend towards the more traditional style, and yes, there are some floral fabrics, but this book is more of an invaluable guide and resource than picture book. What got me was how the book is so thorough; it walks you ...

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  • Modernism Reborn: Mi...

    I'm a mid-century modern home junkie, and despite my very recently built home, I'll always be addicted to reading about the restoration of truly innovative architecture of that particular time period. "This book gathers mid-century designs that are austere and simple, use natural materials, and address space as a positive and layers of furniture and trimmings as a negative. Modern houses are comfortable in their juncture of light and open floor plans; they yield timeless designs that remain "modern" 50 to 60 years after the fact when other designs are headed toward being "antique." This well-designed volume is as comfortable and straightforward ...

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  • Conversions

    "As populations grow, where and how we live is a major concern. Architects address the issue of housing, and converting spaces is often a more satisfactory solution than building from scratch. Conversions shows that with a bit of imagination all sorts of buildings can be converted into homes. With each case study the author asks: What does one leave intact, what does one rip out, and what changes are forbidden by planning regulations? The budget, the materials, and the way they impact upon surroundings are also examined and assessed. Varied projects from around the world include rural, urban and civic ...

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