Here is the best of both worlds: New houses with old world sensibilities. In Creating a New Old House,
architect Russell Versaci shows you that it is possible to design and create a new house that looks and feels like it has always been there.
Versaci explores how architects, builders, and craftsmen are reinterpreting the traditional American house. Through photographs and engaging text, discussions of history and craftsmanship, and sidelong glances at the workings of real old houses, Versaci explains how traditional houses go together and what gives them their unique design appeal.
About the author
- Features 17 new, old-style houses -- from colonials to farmhouses -- from all over the country
- Versaci identifies Eight Pillars of Traditional Design that create a solid foundation for combining authentic, traditional design with livability to create homes that feel old yet work for the demands of modern family living.
Russell Versaci, is an accomplished residential architect who has spent two decades in professional practice designing traditional houses. Recognized for his expertise by his peers in traditional design, Versaci is a founding member of the Institute for Traditional Architecture, a select guild of architects dedicated to teaching the art and craft of traditional building. 'A book providing the guidance and details necessary to create a new/old house is long overdue. Russell Versaci writes with authority about the value of historical accuracy when creating a house with architectural integrity. He keeps the reader focused on both design direction and practical considerations.'
-- Barbara Sallick, co-founder and senior vice-president of Design, Waterworks 'Russell Versaci presents a masterful survey of the best in new, historically inspired homes. But he gives us more than pretty pictures; he also shares the techniques that skilled designers use to achieve historical resonance and emotional impact. And for owners about to build a new traditional home, this book is an invaluable guide to showing the level of design skill you should expect from your architect.'
-- Clem Labine, editorial director, Traditional Building