Anatomy of a Great Home

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ATGLEN, PA – What elevates a house to best-of-class status? Find out in this insider’s look at more than fifty award-winning homes designed by nearly three dozen A+ American architects.

Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. has published “Anatomy of a Great Home: What America’s Most Celebrated Houses Tell Us about the Way We Want to Live.” Learn from the best of the best, from urban homes to rural retreats and subdivision housing. Featured are 32 of America’s greatest architects from the last twenty years.

Regardless of their size or design style, the best new and remodeled homes share common traits.

They deliver eminently livable space that can accommodate nearly any lifestyle event. They respect and relate to the natural environment. They take on the personalities of their owners. And they are works of art that no one will ever want to tear down—the ultimate test of sustainability.

Comprehensive in scope, this book profiles a wide variety of extraordinary homes—from urban infill to custom homes, suburban remodels, seaside cottages, and subdivision housing.

It distills their broad patterns and refined details into practical lessons with endless applications, making it an inspirational guide for designers, builders, and anyone planning their own dream home.

Boyce Thompson

The book is written by Boyce Thompson. His previous work includes The New New Home, which was named book of the year by the National Association of Real Estate Editors.  The founding editor of Residential Architect magazine, Thompson served for seventeen years as editorial director of Builder magazine, named business publication of the year in 2010. Thompson’s work has appeared in Fine HomebuildingGoverningPractical HomeownerThe Washington Post, and many other publications. He holds a BA in English from Northwestern University and a masters degree in journalism from the University of Missouri.


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