A Toolbox Essential: Get Your House Right

"Get Your House Right: Architectural Elements To Use And Avoid" is a book we didn't need a hundred years ago, or eighty years ago - maybe even sixty.

Knowledge of the essentials of good traditional house design - proper details, good proportions, appropriate materials - was once fairly common, spread through pattern books and handed down from carpenter to carpenter.

In the 20th Century, as traditional home design fell out of favor, much of that knowledge was lost.

Get Your House Right aims to fix that. Marianne Cusato has written a wonderful guide to what it is about a good-looking traditional home that makes it seem right. And she knows her stuff - she's an award-winning designer, educator, and speaker.

So what interest would an average homeowner have in a book about architectural details and design? Plenty, as it turns out. If you're building a new home, remodeling, or restoring an old home, this book is an essential a tool as your tape measure.

Get Your House Right answers almost every question that anyone interested in good home design might ask. What's the difference between a muntin and a mullion? What's the right style of door for my house? How tall should my baseboard be?

If this is the kind of stuff that keeps you up at night, Get Your House Right is for you.

Besides windows, doors, and trim, Ms. Cusato covers the basics of good traditional home design; entrances and porches; chimneys, materials, roofs - everything that makes the difference between an "ok" house and a great house.

But this must-have book goes further and shows you what not to do. Almost every page is filled with wonderfully-detailed pencil sketches that show you exactly what to USE and what to AVOID.

Get Your House Right is always within easy reach in my design studio - and it should be in the "toolbox" of any homeowner or homebuilder who cares about good trhome design.

I'd love to hear about "home" books that are essential to you - got any favorites?

Need expert Residential Architectural advice for your new home or remodeling project? Contact Richard Taylor, AIA at RTA Studio.

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