Simple Rules Volume II Building Elements
Simple Rules is a new kind of builder handbook/design guide that references a few select concepts and techniques, salvaged mostly from 18th, 19th and early 20th-century builder pocket references and architectural guides, for practical use by the 21st-century architect and homebuilder. Rules, both general and specific, cover windows, roofs, chimneys, staircases, ornament, columns, and porches... More
Inspired by long forgotten 18th, 19th, and early 20th century builder pocket reference and architectural guides, SIMPLE RULES features timeless composition principles, elegant proportional systems, and inspiring formulas to advance modern-day building design. This collection will help simplify the complicated building design process, by presenting time-honored traditions that blend naturally with modern logic, and sanction architectural innovation.
While the content of this small handbook is mostly based on American vernacular building traditions, the ideas resurrected and abridged here are universal and timeless. Architects and homebuilders can apply these key concepts and techniques for practical use anywhere and in any style.
Simple Rules is a collection of clearly illustrated principles and detailed design techniques that will prove useful not only to the builder who values aesthetics as much as, or perhaps more, than their bottom line, but to the residential designer, homebuyer, and real estate professional as well. It will inspire the artist and craftsman, but also appeal to the student and armchair architect. In fact, it will resonate with anyone who enjoys thoughtfully designed homes.
This is the second in a series intended to cover a variety of topics of design, both general and specific. This volume has a predominance of principles that pertain to individual building elements. There are rules that cover windows, roof pitches, chimneys, staircases, ornament, columns, and porches. There are also rules on facade composition, plan layouts and other general design principles.
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