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RECOMMENDED BOOKS. Today’s world of book publishing provides many, many books on house design and architecture.  Below I have listed several of my favorites.  I encourage you seek out a few that “speak to you”!


HOUSE DESIGN

The Accessible Home: Designing for All Ages & Abilities. 

234 pp.; The Taunton Press, Deborah Pierce.

 

Houses: Modern Natural/Natural Modern.

300 pp.; Rizzoli International, Ron Broadhurst.

 

Narrow House: New Directions in Efficient Design.

240 pp.; Princeton Architectural Press, Avi Friedman.

 

Living in the New Millenium: Houses at the Start of the 21st Century.

151 pp.; Phaidon Press Limited.

 

The Modernist House: 100 Houses.

107 pp.; Phaidon Press Limited.

 

Small Architecture Now!.

411 pp.; Taschen, Philip Jodido.

 

Cape Cod Modern: Midcentury Architecture and Community on the Outer Cape.

270 pp.; Metropolis Books, Peter McMahon and Christine Cipriani.

 

Tomorrow’s Houses: New England Modernism.

255 pp.; Rizzoli International, Alexander Gorlin.

 

The Distinctive Home: A Vision of Timeless Design.

240 pp.; The Taunton Press, Jeremiah Eck.

 

Inside the Not So Big House: Discovering the Details that Bring a Home to Life. 

240 pp.; The Taunton Press, Sarah Susanka and Marc Vassallo.

 

The Face of Home: A New Way to Look at the Outside of Your House. 

224 pp.; The Taunton Press, Jeremiah Eck.

 

Creating the Not So Big House: Insight and Ideas for the New American Home.

258 pp.; The Taunton Press, Sarah Susanka and Grey Crawford.

 

Home By Design: Transforming Your House Into Home. 

250 pp.; The Taunton Press, Sarah Susanka.

 

The Not So Big House: A Blueprint for the Way We Really Live. 

199 pp.; The Taunton Press, Sarah Susanka.

 

Feng Shui Handbook: How to Create a Healthier Living and Working Environment. 

160 pp.; Owl Books, Lam Kam Chuen. 

 

The Farmhouse: New Inspiration for the Classic American Home. 

224 pp.; The Taunton Press, Jean Rehkamp Larson.

 

Creating the Inspired House: Discovering Your Place Called Home. 

224 pp.; The Taunton Press, John Connell.

 

Creating a New Old House: Yesterday’s Character for Today’s Home. 

224 pp.; The Taunton Press, Russell Versaci. 

 

The Good Home: Interiors and Exteriors.

238 pp.; HBI-Harper Collins; Dennis Wedlick. 

 

Designing The Good Home.

238 pp.; HDI-Harper Design International; Dennis Wedlick. 

 

Good House Parts: Creating a Great House Piece by Piece. 

202 pp.; The Taunton Press, Dennis Wedlick. 

 

Not So Big Solutions for Your Home. 

160 pp.;  The Taunton Press, Sarah Susanka.

 

The House You Build: Making Real-World Choices to Get the Home You Want. 

208 pp.; Taunton, Duo Dickinson.

 

The Place of Houses.

208 pp.; University of California Press, Charles Moore, Gerald Allen, Donlyn Lyndon.

 

The New Cottage Home. 

231 pp.; The Taunton Press, Jim Tolpin.

 

Cottage. 

202 pp.; The Taunton Press, M. Caren Connolly and Louis Wasserman.

 

The New Family Home.

214 pp.; The Taunton Press. Jim Tolpin with Mary Lathrop.

 

The Patterns of Home: The Ten Essentials of Enduring Design. 

282 pp.; The Taunton Press. Max Jacobson, Murray Silverstein, Barbara Winslow.

 

House Transformed: Getting the Home You Want with the House You Have. 

192 pp.; The Taunton Press. Matthew Schoenherr.

 

Updating Classic America: Bungalows - Design Ideas for Renovating, Remodeling and Building New. 

208 pp.; The Taunton Press. Louis Wasserman and M. Caren Connolly.

 

Updating Classic America: Capes - Design Ideas for Renovating, Remodeling and Building New. 

224 pp.; The Taunton Press. Jane Gitlin.

 

Updating Classic America: Colonials - Design Ideas for Renovating, Remodeling and Building New.

208 pp.; The Taunton Press. Matthew Schoenherr.

 

Small Homes: Distinctive and Innovative Small Homes from Across the Country.

192 pp.; The Taunton Press. 

 

Get Your House Right: Architectural Elements to Use & Avoid.

272 pp.; Sterling. Marianne Custo and Ben Pentreath.

 

A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction.

1216 pp.; Oxford University Press. Christopher Alexander.

 

The Timeless Way of Building.

576 pp.; Oxford University Press. Christopher Alexander.


SUSTAINABLE DESIGN

Green Building Illustrated. 

279 pp.; John Wiley & Sons; Francis D.K. Ching and Ian M. Shapiro

 

The Hannover Principles: Design For Sustainability.

William McDonough and Michael Braungart.

 

Thermal Delight in Architecture.

72 pp; MIT Press; Lisa Heschong. 

 

Cradle To Cradle.

186 pp; North Point Press; William McDonough and Michael Braungart.

 

How Buildings Learn.

229 pp; Viking Press; Stewart Brand.

 

The New Net Zero.

518 pp; Chelsea Green Publishing; William Maclay and Maclay Architects

 

Lessons from Modernism. Environmental Design Strategies in Architecture 1925-1970. 

222 pp.; The Monacelli Press; Kevin Bone, Ed.

 

Green Building Products: The GreenSpec Guide to Residential Building Materials. 

352 pp.; New Society Publishers; 2 Edition, Alex Wilson and Mark Piepkorn. 

 

Your Natural Home. 

256 pp.; Little, Brown and Company. Janet Marinelli and Paul Bierman-Lytle.

 

Sustainable Homes: 26 Designs That Respect The Earth.

208 pp.; Collins Design; James Grayson Truelove with Nora Richter Greer. 

 

Spirit and Place.

253 pp.; Architectural Press; Christopher Day. 

 

The Green House: New Directions In Sustainable Architecture.

192 pp.; Princeton Architectural Press; Allana Stang & Christopher Hawthorne.

 

Your Green Home: A Guide to Planning a Healthy, Environmentally Friendly New Home.

237 pp.; New Society Publishers;  Alex Wilson. 

 

Off The Grid Homes: Case Studies for Sustainable Living.

128 pp.; Gibbs Smith, Publisher; Lori Ryker. 


MAINE ARCHITECTURE

Maine Cottages: Fred L. Savage and the Architecture of Mount Desert.

301 pp.; Princeton Architectural Press; John M. Bryan.

 

Homes Down East: Classic Maine Coastal Cottages and Town Houses. 

228 pp.; Tilbury House Publishers; Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., Christopher Glass, and Scott Hanson.

 

Historic Maine Homes: 300 Years of Great Houses. 

175 pp.; Down East Books; Christopher Glass.

 

At Home In Maine: Houses Designed to Fit the Land. 

160 pp.; Down East Books; Christopher Glass.

 

A Delight to All Who Know It: The Maine Summer Architecture of William R. Emerson. 

147 pp.; Maine Citizens for Historic Preservation; Roger G. Reed.

 

Summering On The Thoroughfare: The Architecture of North Haven, 1885-1945.

104 pp.; Maine Citizens for Historic Preservation; Roger G. Reed.

 

John Calvin Stevens: Domestic Architecture 1890-1930. 

223 pp.; Greater Portland Landmarks; John Calvin Stevens II and Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr.

 

Lost Bar Harbor. 

125 pp.; Down East Books; G.W. Helfrich and Gladys O’Neil.

 

Colonial Revival Maine. 

181 pp.; Princeton Architectural Press; Kevin D. Murphy.

 

The Maine Perspective: Architectural Drawings, 1800-1980. 

125 pp.; Portland Museum of Art; James F. O’Gorman and Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr.

 

Vision and Legacy: Celebrating the Architecture of Haystack. 

96 pp.; Haystack Mountain School of Crafts; Annalise Jakimides, Ed.

 

Maine Forms of American Architecture. 

362 pp.; Downeast Magazine; Deborah Thompson.


ARCHITECTURE

A Visual Dictionary of Architecture.

319 pp.; Van Nostrand Reinhold; Francis D.K. Ching. 

 

Shingle Styles: Innovation and Tradition in American Architecture 1874 to 1982. 

240 pp.; Norfleet Press; Leland M. Roth.

 

Arts and Crafts Architecture. 

256 pp.; Phaidon; Peter Davey.

 

The Shingle Style Today. 

118 pp.; George Brazilier; Vincent Scully.

 

The Cape Cod Cottage. 

91 pp.; Princeton Architectural Press; William Morgan.

 

The House Book. 

512 pp.; Phaidon; William Morgan.

 

Home Renovation. 

338 pp.; Van Nostrand Rheinhold; Francis D.K. Ching and Dale E. Miller.

 

Building Construction Illustrated. 

464 pp.; John Wiley & Sons, 3d Ed.; Francis D.K. Ching and Cassandra Adams.