The books in this series are filled with design ideas and inspiration for remodeling, renovating, and building houses in classic American architectural styles. Readers will discover innovative strategies for living comfortably in traditional-styled homes.
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Landscape architect M. Caren Connolly and architect Louis Wasserman, both graduates of Harvard's School of Design, share a passion for American design and an architectural studio in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Their previous books include two volumes in the "Updating Classic America" series: "Bungalows" and "Ranches.
It isn't often that a humble dwelling takes center stage in a close-to-coffee-table-style book. On the other hand, when the publishers of Fine Homebuilding team with well-respected professionals to launch a new series of classic U.S. buildings, it's no surprise that the ubiquitous bungalow is first to be featured. Landscape architect Connolly and architect Wasserman waltz from Rhode Island to California, inspecting different styles and showcasing before and after floor plans and photographs of renovations and restorations. Because the original bungalow totaled a modest 900 or so square feet, much of the book is devoted to the varieties of expansion possibilities, such as "inside the envelope" (maximizing interior spaces like attics and basements) and exterior additions like dormers. What saves this from same-old narratives is the focus on personal homeowner stories and sidebars overflowing with information--vocabulary definitions, regional styles, and disability accommodations, among others. Barbara Jacobs
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