Posted by Jon on May 16, 2003 at 00:40:35:
In Reply to: Help me get started posted by Jeremy on May 09, 2003 at 10:53:44:
Oh man - those two books on the not so big house have great eye candy, but can you really afford to build them? The idea is right, but if you don't want a typical American house, then you have to build it in a way that is also not typical. See: Pattern Language (Christopher Alexander) How Buildings Learn (Stewart Brand) The old Whole Earth Catalog and that back-to-the-land magazine Mother Earth News will refer you to many books on homebuilding. Tauton Press and Fine Homebuilding magazine are top notch.
Plan books are like buying suits off the rack - yes, they fit an average human and can be altered here and there to fit you better, but it just isn't the same as tailor-made. And a house costs a heck of a lot more!
By the way, the "not so big" books are direct descendants of Pattern Language. Might as well go to the original and mix up your own recipe.
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