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E-BOOK REVIEW: Home Design Standards - Home Building Standards 2Q08: Custom Home Design Guide and Custom Home Building Guide
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DATE: April 18, 2005
TITLE: Home Design Standards - Home Building Standards 2Q08: Custom Home Design Guide and Custom Home Building Guide, a book review.
Q: WHAT’S THIS ABOUT?
A: Home Design Standards - Home Building Standards 2Q08: Custom Home Design Guide; Custom Home Building Guide by Before The Architect, 738-page e-book.
It’s offered as a one of a kind home design/build e-book in desktop published .doc and .pdf formats. On custom home design and home building, it’s a how-to e-book and it’s also about sharing why and why not, what and what-not. Text includes an extensive Table of Contents, Table of Figures, and an Index. Its 570 pages are prepared to print on 16# stock at 8 ½”x11” for ring binding with left-hand hole punch are available via a title browse or the author (see bio). Emphases: safety; durability; convenience. Entertaining, informative, experience-rich.
Q: HOW’D IT GET HERE?
A: Took decades.
Before The Architect is the business of Ralph and Jean Pressel who, since the ‘60s, have worked together on unique home design, home drawing, repair; on home design and home building consulting; and on home building in every major trade. Home Design Standards - Home Building Standards (HDSHBS) collects their experiences, opinion, and observations down all the years. They refer to this document directly in crafting home design and plans, and add to it from time-to-time based on their on-the-job learning. Relevant paragraph by paragraph goes from the Word .doc to the Autocad home drawing file as text – footnotes, specifications, house plan details, annotations – thereat, adapted to given home design and home building aspects.
Q: WHAT’S IT MADE OF?
A: Substantial contents.
Sixteen chapters with over 100 graphics form the e-book’s core. Core topics include standards for: conduct on site; conformance to formal; materials; fastening; layout; foundation; framing; electrical; plumbing; venting; HVAC; finishing; accessible home; schedules; house plan details; and safety.
HDSHBS holds lots of extras: insightful sidebars; colorful background; supplements on home designing curved stairs and the cardinal 19 Deadly Sins of Before The Architect’s terminal prospects and clients.
Q: FOR WHOM?
A: Two communities
HDSHBS aims at two communities: at folks who want to know better and at both home designers and home builders who want to do better about custom home design and home building – looking to benefit from two who are going-on a half-century going at it hands-on already. No double-talk, no nonsense. Builder’s language. Been there, done that common sense and practice.
Q: WHAT’S NEW ABOUT IT?
A: A lot.
|Core format mixes rigorous outline of subject matter with conversational commentary for context and collateral considerations|
|Quotes about home design and home builing vary from pithy to poignant|
|Passion for detail, discernment, and deliberation pervade|
|The extent to which policy and practice come together seems one of a kind, such as, the presentations on home light design for aging eyes and accessible home design|
|Some home design and home building standards openly buck both home design policy and home building practice, for example, insistence not to set electrical receptacles on the sides of a kitchen island and the extraordinary lengths to which a slab-on-grade is conditioned to stay where it’s placed, respectively; however, in these and similar instances, coherent rationales step forward|
|On occasion, guidance is purely novel, for example, guidance in developing home perimeters with old, old rules of proportion and interior stairway and home elevator fire safety guidelines.|
|It’s passing unusual, too, to point out certain products without endorsement; however, years and years of dependable performance get their due.|
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WHAT’S NOT SO HOT ABOUT IT?
|Size alone can put one off. If you’re not seriously interested in making your own determination about knowing more and doing better at home design and home building, there are lighter books to set on your library shelf, if not so many for home design, then a host for home building. On the other hand, the straightforward Table of Contents and substantial Index welcome the appreciative reader with easier access. Furthermore, Before The Architect offers major chapters separately.|
|While some topics come thick – foundation design standards at 70+ pages – others come thin – HVAC at a small handful. The author clearly thinks that there’s more to a home foundation than sits under most homes these days. As to HVAC, aside from a few, critical home building materials and home building methods pitiably only rarely applied and, thus, to the benefit of energy suppliers and not homeowners, the subject is a career unto its own.|
|There’s nearly nothing about site planning, grading, low voltage electrical, engineering (performance prescripts aside), some specifics of home light layout, interiors decorating, kitchen design specifics at the cabinetry and appliance level, closet design detail, and landscaping particulars – all subjects about which Before The Architect does little day-to-day. They’re all left to full-time pros in their respective fields, some by common practice, some by common pragmatism. And, ultimately, all these professional constituents are bounded by the home design plan itself.|
|One size doesn’t fit all necessarily. Home design standards should endure well, modified by lifestyles. Home building standards always need local adaptations: labor pool; materials, natural and (sometimes) regulatory environment, etc. Best uses for HDSHBS: owners’ unvarnished reference for major topics of home design and home building (HDSHBS terminology: make yourself the big dog on the porch); topical and substantive bases for crucial communication with home designers and builders; a means to focus on better home designers and home builders who most often can and do operate at similarly higher standards of performance, and will not run from you or your HDSHBS as though their hair was aflame.|
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Before The Architect is the business of Ralph and Jean Pressel who, since the ‘60s, have worked together on home designing, home plan drawing, repairing; on home design and home building consulting; and on home building as house contractors and home subcontractors in every major trade. Home Design Standards - Home Building Standards and the website www.beforethearchitect.com are enterprises of Before The Architect.
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