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The famous step-by-step guide for prospective homeowners who want to create a more personal plan than an architect might design, as well as for those who can't afford an architect. Author-architects Jeffrey Milstein and Lester Walker stress their own method of design which begins with choosing a shape for a home that fits thel ifestlye of the builder. The process takes the reader from dreaming and planning to actually working out a design and choosing a contractor. Along the way, you will learn how to build a model, choose a site, draw up a set of plans, utilize human comfort engineering-everything necessary to design a house suited to your needs.
Each step is illustrated with easy-to-follow diagrams and photographs that are clearly and completely explained. This book will appeal not only to the layman but also to the student of architecture, as an introduction to the tools and methods of designing a home structure. Using this process of information gathering and decision-making, the authors gently take you by the hand and teach you how to design the house of your dreams.