Creating a New Old House: Yesterday's Character for Today's by Russell Versaci

By Russell Versaci

A person who yearns for an older home-but is daunted through the possibility of possessing one-will love this ebook. via inspiring photos and interesting textual content, the writer describes what offers conventional houses their enduring allure. the homes illustrate the inventive paintings of architects, developers, and craftsmen who're forging the circulation towards construction new houses that trap an old-home sensibility. Versaci identifies 8 Pillars of conventional layout that create a superior starting place for combining genuine, conventional layout with livability to create houses that think outdated but dwell new.- includes a immense array of latest, old-house styles--from colonials to farmhouses--from everywhere in the kingdom.

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A local tile maker cast each roof tile by hand in the classic barrel-arch shape. The terra-cotta tiles were then installed in an intentionally irregular pattern, with uneven heights and staggered edges to exaggerate the handcrafted character of the roof. The tiles are now sold locally, where they are known as the “Bollay” tile. Old World Character Blends with Modern On the other side of the stair hall, the living room feels taller because it is down a few steps. A modernstyle steel and glass studio window fills the far end of the room, offering a vista of ancient oaks.

Inside, the rooms are arranged to Incorporate Modern Conveniences; spaces are organized in the patterns of modern living, and the mechanics of technology are integrated within the walls. The Mansours combed the Gulf Coast, searching for historic inspiration for their new house and found treasures on the old-fashioned resort island of Boca Grande. The Gasparilla Island Lighthouse of 1890 suggested the concept of a square floor plan with wraparound porches under a hipped roof supported by square columns.

The Spanish cedar front door, framed inside the surround, is made of vertical wooden planks studded with iron rosette-head nails. Above the portico, a handcrafted wrought-iron balconet, or miniature balcony, is mounted outside a pair of second-story French doors. This collection of shapes and textures draws the eye to the door as the centerpiece of the facade. Inside the arch of the front doorway hangs a pair of antique iron doors, wrought in a fretwork of twisted spindles, salvaged from renovations to the Mediterranean-style Santa Barbara Biltmore Hotel (built in 1926).

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