Creating a New Old House: Yesterday's Character for Today's by Russell Versaci

By Russell Versaci

A person who yearns for an older home-but is daunted via the chance of possessing one-will love this e-book. via inspiring photos and fascinating textual content, the writer describes what offers conventional houses their enduring allure. the homes illustrate the artistic paintings of architects, developers, and craftsmen who're forging the stream towards development new houses that seize an old-home sensibility. Versaci identifies 8 Pillars of conventional layout that create a great starting place for combining real, conventional layout with livability to create houses that suppose outdated but dwell new.- contains a huge array of latest, old-house styles--from colonials to farmhouses--from all around the nation.

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Wooden casement windows are set into the walls as if pushed into soft mud, with no trim except for the lintel beams that span across the tops. The only decorative relief on the facade is the carved wooden downspouts, called canales, that pierce the walls to drain rainwater from the roof. Once through the front door, a visitor sees that the entry vestibule is at the intersection of a bright cross hall and the cool half light of the living room. 52 • SPANISH-PUEBLO ADOBE The cross hall is a sunlit passageway through an arcade of arched openings made of plaster.

White plaster panels on the ceiling brighten the log room. The fireplace is made of blocks of Colorado moss rock, which fit together precisely and leave the natural weathered faces and moss patches exposed. log building a century earlier. Early ranch houses are distinguished by the way in which the logs are stacked and finished. Most houses were built with peeled logs left round, though some were built with logs squared on four sides with an ax. The most distinctive feature of log house construction is the corner joint, where the logs cross each other.

There are no modern construction necessities that compromise tradition, such as concealed bearing walls, hidden steel beams, or covered roof trusses. But the house’s authenticity is tempered with practical convenience by rethinking the simple adobe floor plan to accommodate the complex needs of a modern household. Though this adobe looks antique from the outside, inside, it functions like a modern home in ways that were never imagined in ancient times. Many small building blocks are joined together to form a house with the rambling character of a Pueblo village, enclosing contemporary spaces for living, dining, kitchen, and baths.

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