Simple Rules : What the Oldtime Builders Knew
Overview - SIMPLE RULES What the Oldtime Builders Knew Simple Rules is a new kind of builder handbook/ design guide. Inspired by long forgotten sources, the design content included here-timeless composition principles, elegant proportional systems, building techniques and formulas for making buildings more beautiful-is intended as a guide for the modern builder who cares about aesthetics and meaning as much or more than the bottom line. Read more...
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SIMPLE RULES What the Oldtime Builders Knew Simple Rules is a new kind of builder handbook/ design guide. Inspired by long forgotten sources, the design content included here-timeless composition principles, elegant proportional systems, building techniques and formulas for making buildings more beautiful-is intended as a guide for the modern builder who cares about aesthetics and meaning as much or more than the bottom line. Simple building principles and conventions were used in the past to make places that were at once familiar and meaningful, sensible and beautiful. In this small guide a few select concepts and techniques, salvaged mostly from 18th, 19th and early 20th century builder pocket references and architectural guides, have been resurrected and abridged-or interpreted where possible-for practical use by the 21st century architect and home builder. The design concepts are equally applicable to modern design. In fact, they are intended to serve as archetypes for a new modern architecture, to free builders from the need to simply replicate old styles. Scroll up and grab a copy today. simple RULE 1 STRENGTH, UTILITY, AND BEAUTY "All architecture should possess strength, utility, and beauty." Marcus Vitruvius Pollio Strength arises from carrying down the foundations to a good solid bottom, and from making a proper choice of materials without parsimony. Utility arises from a judicious distribution of the parts, so that their purposes be duly answered, and that each have its proper situation. Beauty is produced by the pleasing appearance and good taste of the whole, and by the dimensions of all the parts being duly proportioned to each other. parsimony: economy of means, cost-cutting Marcus Vitruvius Pollio De Architectura, Book STRENGTH, UTILITY, AND BEAUTY "As one principal figure should always stand out as the foremost, ...to which all subordinate purposes should contribute and lend their aid. " simple RULE 5 THREE DIMENSIONALITY "Always keep in mind the perspective appearance when designing the exterior of a detached building, and not merely the front elevation." Richard Brown, Architect "From every possible view a really good building must have balance..." Talbot Hamlin equal distribution of detail and composition front and side, same roof form repeated, smaller side porch compliments front porch ..".imagine the building as it appears to a person walking all around it... From every possible view a really good building must have balance, and this accounts for the comparative failure of some of our informal American country houses. They seem manifestly to be designed with one view point, or two, in mind; from these points they are good, perfect in balance and composition, but from other points the same buildings are a mere hodge-podge, and they lack that little accent on the centre of balance given by a chimney or flower box, or some little point of interest, that would have made the whole seem balanced and in repose." Talbot Hamlin The Enjoyment of Architecture simple RULES is a design guide book intended to assist builders, architects and homeowners in creating better house plans, improving residential design, especially exterior elevations, assist in bringing character back to home design and in educating people in general as to traditional design principles as they were used in the past."
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This thoughtful and thought-provoking little gem outlines 25 crucial design principles that the author believes have been jeopardized as domestic architecture has become dominated by developers. Scarlett, who runs an architecture firm in Wellesley, Mass., aims to remind those in the building community that simple beauty and meaning... is still reproducible in new homes, and that many traditional building techniques are still applicable in todays economy, and within current construction practices. In this, she succeeds terrifically. Most of this attractively illustrated book consists of quotations taken from original sources published from the 16th to early 20th centuries. These sources are building manuals such as Palladios Four Books of Architecture (1570), which inspired many of Americas greatest public and private buildings, as well as lesser-known volumes such as T.F. Hamlins The Enjoyment of Architecture (1921). The rules are broken down by chapter and include Genius of the Place, Asymmetry, and Proportion. Each includes quotations to explain the concept and several well-chosen illustrations to graphically demonstrate the idea. The annotated bibliography at the end is a bonus and provides direction for those who seek further elaboration. Anyone interested in architectureprofessionals, students, home-improvers, renovators, home flippers, or anyone who regards suburbia with a critical eyewill enjoy this useful and well-written compilation. B&w illus. (BookLife)