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By Russell Versaci

Someone who yearns for an older home-but is daunted by means of the possibility of possessing one-will love this ebook. via inspiring images and fascinating textual content, the writer describes what provides conventional houses their enduring allure. the homes illustrate the inventive paintings of architects, developers, and craftsmen who're forging the circulation towards development new houses that trap an old-home sensibility. Versaci identifies 8 Pillars of conventional layout that create an outstanding starting place for combining genuine, conventional layout with livability to create houses that think outdated but stay new.- includes a massive array of latest, old-house styles--from colonials to farmhouses--from all around the kingdom.

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Adobe houses are made of thick mud walls that absorb heat during the day, keeping interiors cool, and radiate heat at night, keeping interiors warm. Sunbaked bricks of clay earth dug from the ground and molded by hand are stacked into walls that are held together by adobe mortar and covered with coats of hand-smoothed mud plaster. Primitive adobe bricks had little compressive strength, and rains eroded the mud finish. After the rains, adobe mud was drawn from the ground back up the walls to rebuild them.

From the style of the casa del campo —the typical farmhouse of the Spanish countryside—come rough-cast stucco walls and red tile roofs. An outdoor fireplace and grille provide a romantic focal point for the brick dining patio. Coarsely textured stucco walls are reminiscent of a typical rural Spanish casa del campo. The wrought-iron balcony is another picturesque Spanish detail, added for authenticity. 25 • homas, an architect, designed his home in the lush foothills of Montecito, keeping three Pillars of Traditional Design in mind.

Because the plan is arranged as wings attached in a pinwheel pattern around the central tower, the major rooms in the house don’t align at right angles. Since the wings are only one room deep, both the living room and the dining room are open to the outdoors on two sides to allow for cross ventilation through pairs of French doors on opposite walls. Another reason for the unique plan is that the architect wanted to angle the rooms to take best advantage of natural views and access to the gardens.

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