The Complete Idiot's Guide to Designing your Own Home

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Designing your Own Home

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Baker & Taylor
A companion volume to The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Building Your Own Home takes readers step by step through the entire architectural design process, from visualizing structure, shape, and proportion to decorating, with step-by-step instructions, creative suggestions, and professional secrets. Original.

Book News
Drapaca is with the internationally renowned architectural firm, I. M. Pei and Partners, and has designed homes and apartments for all budgets over the past 15 years; Esman writes for art, design, and real estate publications worldwide. They offer a practical text for individuals interested in designing their own home, either because they want a custom home, can't afford the cost of an architect, or want to be better prepared for working with an architect. Coverage includes the why and how/pros and cons of designing a home; the basics of making architectural drawings and models; financial considerations; creating the design; plumbing, electrical, and heating systems; kitchens and bathrooms; lighting systems; special features, such as fireplaces, window elements, and built-ins; and working with professionals to turn the design into a reality. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

DK Publishing
Be creative ? and save some cash.

Building or renovating a home used to require an architect, but this guide teaches readers how to do most of an architect?s work themselves, from visualizing structure, shape, and proportion, to decorating. Material is covered step-by-step, complete with inspirational ideas, and professional secrets?all explained in layman?s terms.
--The perfect companion for the popular Complete Idiot?s Guide to Building Your Own Home

Publisher: New York : Penguin, c2006
ISBN: 9781592575015
Branch Call Number: 728.37 Dra
Characteristics: xx, 245 p. : ill
Additional Contributors: Esman, Abigail R.
Alternative Title: Designing your own home


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