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Patterns of home : the ten essentials of enduring design
Jacobson, Max, 1941-
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Publication Information:
Newtown, CT : Taunton Press : Distributed by Publishers Group West, [2002]

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282 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
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NA7115 .J334 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
NA7115 .J334 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Home Improvement

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The key to creating a house that is memorable, satisfying, and enduring is to apply a group of design concepts--or "patterns"--that focus on the experience of being in a home. In this groundbreaking work, internationally respected architects Max Jacobson, Murray Silverstein, and Barbara Winslow present the ten essential patterns that shape and define a well-crafted home. Patterns explore the presence of light, the relationship between indoors and out, the flow through rooms, and the feel of one space as you are sitting in another.
Clearly written and profusely illustrated with houses from all over the country, "Patterns of Home," brings the timeless lessons of residential design to anyone seeking inspiration and direction in the design or remodel of a home. The patterns described in the book can make the difference between a home that satisfies only the material needs of the owners and one that captures the essence of home.

Author Notes

Max Jacobson, Murray Silverstein, and Barbara Winslow are internationally respected architects and co-authors of several books on residential design Their architectural practice is in Berkeley, California

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Booklist Review

It is a book intended for the intellectual architect, the sophisticated (and affluent) homeowner, and the committed environmentalist. Through many words and almost as many pictures, the Californian architectural team led by Jacobson (and authors of the influential A Pattern Language [1977]) are now defining what a home should be, using 10 principles of "enduring design." Much of their advice is aimed toward creating a psychological nest, such as developing "private edges, common core" for rooms, nooks, and crannies containing different levels of intimacy. Others bond to the spirit of nature, like the yen to provide a "refuge and outlook" as a safe shelter. Illustrations are taken from 33 homes (mainly coastal) from Rhode Island to Oregon, amply demonstrating what makes a house a true home. --Barbara Jacobs

Publisher's Weekly Review

Coauthors (along with several other writers) of the landmark design guide A Pattern Language, Jacobson and Silverstein join with their architectural partner, Winslow, to further simplify building design by distilling the principles they previously set forth as ten essentials for residential homes. These fundamentals cover such subjects as making the best use of light; keeping all parts of the house from windows to walls to rooms in proportion; and including "in-between" places like porches, window seats, alcoves and sunrooms in the design of the home. Some of their concepts are fairly abstract; for example, they suggest imagining the home as not just a building but a "site" that contains both indoor and outdoor rooms, and they counsel readers to "let the overall form of the house grow naturally out of the forms of its various parts, rather than being superimposed from the outside." These theories are complemented by more concrete advice about how to measure out a human-sized room, balance private and common spaces and much more. The authors include diagrams and color photographs of 33 actual homes with detailed explanatory captions. While it is aimed predominately at professional designers, this guide is useful for anyone contemplating a new home or making renovations to an existing one; certainly it will change the way readers think about the architectural spaces around them. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Why are some houses such a pleasure to visit or inhabit? This spin-off from A Pattern Language, which has been a design resource for decades, successfully answers that question. California architects Jacobson and Murray Silverstein helped coauthor A Pattern Language, and with partner Barbara Winslow they have chosen ten principles or patterns of house design that they consider most important (and which serve as chapter heads): "Inhabiting the Site," "Creating Rooms," "Sheltering Roof," "Capturing Light," "Parts in Proportion," "Flow Through Rooms," "Private Edges, Common Core," "Refuge and Outlook," "Places in Between," and "Composing with Materials." Each pattern is illustrated with sketches and photographs, as the authors provide beautiful examples of 33 homes by various U.S. architects or designers, mostly in the western United States. The well-organized text and layout combine with the 410 outstanding color photographs and 155 black-and-white illustrations to help the reader visualize these patterns in practice. Highly recommended for public libraries and libraries supporting architecture courses.-David R. Conn, Surrey P.L., BC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Sarah Susanka
Forewordp. 2
Introductionp. 4
Discovering the Essence of Homep. 6
Pattern 1 Inhabiting the Sitep. 22
Pattern 2 Creating Rooms, Outside and inp. 50
Pattern 3 Sheltering Roofp. 74
Pattern 4 Capturing Lightp. 98
Pattern 5 Parts in Proportionp. 128
Pattern 6 The Flow Through Roomsp. 154
Pattern 7 Private Edges, Common Corep. 178
Pattern 8 Refuge and Outlookp. 206
Pattern 9 Places in Betweenp. 230
Pattern 10 Composing with Materialsp. 252
Creditsp. 282