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Traditional Architecture 101 Ideabooks

I’ve recently started a project that will be a total renovation of a fairly bland 1970s Cape Cod. The house doesn’t really have any of the charming features of a Cape and is sorely lacking in curb appeal....
Roots of Style: Where Did Your House Get Its Look?
One of the most common questions people have about their own home is, What style is it? This is not always an easy question to answer. "Style" is an elusive term, because it can be applied to many different things, and style is frequently...
Roots of Style: Does Your House Have a Medieval Heritage?
Classical architecture continues its reach into localized design and likely defines more than a few houses in your neighborhood. But you or your neighbor might be living in simpler or more freely formed houses, and these styles have...
Roots of Style: Do You Live in a Minimalist Traditional House?
Minimalist traditional style began in the 1930s as an affordable response to the depression. It took form, massing and details from earlier styles such as Tudor and colonial revival and simplified them. The concept translated well in the following decades....
Roots of Style: Your Home May Have a Renaissance Classical Past
Are you living in a Renaissance-inspired dwelling? Chances are likely, for this primary root of classically inspired building spanned...
Houzz Tour: San Francisco’s Haas-Lilienthal House
For 128 years the large house has stood at the intersection of Franklin and Jackson streets in San Francisco, and time has done little to diminish the beauty of the Queen Anne–style Victorian with its distinctive witch’s cap turret and its elaborate...
Houzz Tour: Lowcountry Style With an Eye on Entertaining
“Wherever I go, I’m always taking lots of photographs of homes in the area, getting the style down,” says architect Wayne Visbeen. To prepare for designing a home with local Lowcountry...
Houzz Tour: Artistry and Illusion Season a Baton Rouge Townhouse
“Wow, what a great old house!” visitors often exclaim when they see Ty Larkins’ home for the first time. Larkins can’t help but smile. While the structure resembles the kind of Greek...
Cottages: The Comfort Food of Architecture
Northern California’s Wine Country is heavily and magically populated with the most lovely array of tiny cottages. There are entire towns where every home sings a snug, cozy welcome, and they are omnipresent in the surrounding countryside. I’ll...
The Best Uses for a Bay Window
The bay window is a blessing and a curse. If you have one, you might not know what to do with it. If you don’t have one, you dream of all the things you could do with it. No matter which group you fall into, these ideas for either utilizing...
Houzz Tour: Recalling the Pilgrims in a 350-Year-Old Home
Doug Towle likes to call it the evening that changed his life. The New Hampshire native was fresh out of grad school when some acquaintances invited him to visit their home, a 1793 tavern that had been converted into a house. Towle was no stranger...
How to Bring Out Your Home’s Character With Trim
When it comes to architecture, details count. They also define. The places where floors, doors, ceilings and windows meet the walls are usually accompanied by trim. The way that trim is executed has refined and defined our houses throughout history. Trim...
Houzz Tour: Caretaking a Handsome Yonkers Foursquare
“It’s really nothing special, an architectural mutt.” That’s Gary Brewer describing his home in Yonkers, New York. Brewer, an architect and a partner at Robert Stern Architects, is the designer of many...
Roots of Style: Colonial Revivals Span Eras and Forms
Colonial revival architecture, in the context of the American house, first appeared in the last two decades of the 1800s. It is considered among one of the first eclectic styles that proliferated through the first half of the 20th century. Its primary...
Old Southern Highlands Style for a New North Carolina Retreat
When a pair of Florida retirees decided to return part-time to their home state of North Carolina, they asked architect Al Platt in Brevard to design a new house that looked...
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