Anatomy of a Great Home
What elevates a house to best-of-class status? Find out in this insider’s look at more than fifty award-winning homes designed by nearly three dozen A plus American architects.
Regardless of their size or design style, the best new and remodeled homes share common traits. They deliver eminently livable space that can accommodate nearly any lifestyle event. They respect and relate to the natural environment. They take on the personalities of their owners. And they are works of art that no one will ever want to tear down―the ultimate test of sustainability.
Comprehensive in scope, this book profiles a wide variety of extraordinary homes―from urban infill to custom homes, suburban remodels, seaside cottages, and subdivision housing. It distills their broad patterns and refined details into practical lessons with endless applications, making it an inspirational guide for designers, builders, and anyone planning their own dream home.
The New New Home
The book demystifies the new-home buying process and provides guidance to potential home buyers who want to buy a new home that not only fits their lifestyle, but also has the best shot at appreciating in value. After the housing downturn of the last decade, consumers need to go into the home-buying process with their eyes wide open. Yes, interest rates are low and new homes in some markets are more affordable than they have been in recent memory. But substantial risks remain, especially as interest rates inevitably rise.
The New New Home surveys the many innovations in housing design, construction, and technology that occurred during the housing downturn with a eye toward helping buyers select the ones that work best for them. As the housing market improves, the danger is that builders may ignore some of these innovations that helped them survive the recession in favor of cosmetic changes that won’t improve the long-term value of new homes.
A new generation of high-performance homes has burst on the market that not only economize and prioritize the use of space within homes but dramatically reduce utility costs and increase durability. The problem is that buyers will need to know what to ask for in order to get these features. Chapters in The New New Home identify minimum feature levels that every buyer should insist on getting in their new home.