Now, William Hirsch's Amazon #1 Bestseller, Designing Your Perfect House: Lessons from an Architect , is in its 2nd Edition. The timeless advice in this essential guidebook for navigating the often mystifying process of house design, remodeling, and building, is forever valuable and is now better than ever with an all new Bonus Lesson, Building Green, Naturally . Master architect Hirsch draws on decades of experience and uses his enjoyable, easy to read writing style to convey sage advice guaranteed to help you design or remodel the perfect house for you , while controlling the process and saving money along the way. Presented in twelve understandable lessons, this book explains in everyday language architectural concepts and design secrets that are essential to designing a dream home uniquely and perfectly your own. Beginning with an exploration of design philosophy, the grammar of architecture, concepts of spaces, and discussions of how to make spaces be appropriate and gratifying for the people living in them, these lessons explore issues of scale, daylight, making a house feel like a home, unifying a design, flow, and proportions. All concepts that are too often overlooked in today's homebuilding. Hirsch says, A great house doesn't have to cost more. It just needs to be thought through properly. In this book, he shows you how to do it. Hirsch answers questions like: How do I get started? How do I select a building site? What kind of house can I afford within my budget? How do I make my dream house just right for me? Other topics include: site analysis and selection, programming, schematic design, style, room relationships, budget, working with professionals, selecting a builder, methods of contracting, and more. Numerous beautiful color photos and drawings illustrate the book's major points. This book will pay for itself many, many times over.
From the Back Cover
Your Architect in a Book If you've ever considered bulding your dream home or redesigning your current home, here is a step-by-step guidebook that will take you through the design process. Designing Your Perfect House: Lessons from an Architect teaches you how to plan and create an ideal home, the methodology of the design, and how to get everyting right. Now, featuring a Bonus Lesson discussing Green Building , this updated Second Edition covers energy efficient design, sustainablility, recyclable building materials, reclaimed building parts, and most imprtantly, ways to design a home to naturally stay cooler in the summer and warmer in winter. Hirsch's philosophy is that there is no such thing as the perfect house; there is only YOUR perfect house. With the right information and guidancw, you can achieve that dream. The experience of home design, remodeling, and construction should be controllable, gratifying, and enjoyable. Designing Your Perfect House empowers you with the knowledge you need to guarantee it will be.