Creating a New Old House

Yesterday's Character for Today's Home

Creating a New Old House

By:  Versaci, Russell

9781561587926
Product ID:  070845
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01/02/2007
Taunton Press

9.3 X 10.9 in
224 pg



ARCHITECTURE / General
HOUSE & HOME / Design & Construction
HOUSE & HOME / Remodeling & Renovation

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.

  • 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.

"People love old houses. Versaci explains why, and shows what it takes to create such enduring quality in home design today"
--Philip Morris, former Senior Architecture Editor, Southern Accents

"Versaci presents a masterful survey of the best in new, historically inspired homes...and shares the techniques that architects use to achieve historical resonance and emotional impact."
--Clem Labine, Editorial Director, Traditional Building

"The quality of the architecture presented in this book is excellent."
--Andres Duany, architect, founder of New Urbanism, Duany Plater-Zyberk & amp; Company


Russell Versaci has been practicing traditional architecture for two decades. His firm, Russell Versaci Architecture, is noted for creating thoughtful, carefully executed designs for period-style homes that reflect a mastery of history. His first book, "Creating a New Old House," promotes the author's "Pillars of Traditional Design," a set of principles for creating authentic traditional architecture. Versaci's designs have been featured in national magazines, including "Traditional Home, Southern Accents, House Beautiful, "and "Southern Living," as well as on Good Morning, America.