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At Home: A Short History of Private Life

by Bill Bryson

From one of the most beloved authors of our  time—more than six million copies of his books have been sold in this country alone—a fascinating excursion into the history behind the place we call home.

“Houses...


The Invisible Houses: Rethinking and designing low-cost housing in developing countries

by Gonzalo Lizarralde

There is an increased interest among architects, urban specialists and design professionals to contribute to solve 'the housing problem' in developing countries. The Invisible Houses takes us on a journey through...


Paolo Portoghesi Architect

by Paolo Portoghesi & Francesca Gottardo

Portoghesi's architecture - so focused on the diversity of sites, attentive to the needs and desires of its inhabitants and brimming with references to tradition and different fields of artistic expression -...


House Museums in Italy

by Rosanna Pavoni

A journey across the country to discover the simple houses and splendid royal palaces chosen from amongst the many stately homes and mansions Italy has to offer. Houses selected not only for their beauty or...


Dolphin Square

by Terry Gourvish

Blending social history with pioneering architecture and business analysis, Dolphin Square provides a detailed history of the London landmark and its antecedents.

Dolphin Square was and is no ordinary block...


Ecohouse

by Sue Roaf, Manuel Fuentes & Stephanie Thomas-Rees

Sue Roaf is famed for her approach to design and her awareness of energy efficiency. Here she reveals the concepts, structures and techniques that lie behind the realization of her ideals. By using her own house...


Prefab Homes

by Elisabeth Blanchet

In 1944, Winston Churchill promised to manufacture up to 500,000 prefabricated bungalows to ease the housing shortage after the Second World War. Made in factories, over 156,000 temporary "prefabs" of a few...


Bungalows

by Kathryn Ferry

 A bungalow is now understood to be a single story home but that definition is a modern one and when introduced to Britain in the late 1860s the bungalow concept implied much more. Its origins lay in India...


Manhattan Classic: New York's Finest Prewar Apartments

by Geoffrey Lynch

The Dakota. The Apthorp. The San Remo. The names of these legendary New York apartment buildings evoke images of marble-lined lobbies, uniformed doormen, and sunlit penthouses with sweeping Central Park views....


The House with Sixteen Handmade Doors: A Tale of Architectural Choice and Craftsmanship

by Henry Petroski & Catherine Petroski

An architectural whodunit that unlocks the secrets of a hand-built home. When Henry Petroski and his wife Catherine bought a charming but modest six-decades-old island retreat in coastal Maine, Petroski couldn’t...


150 Best Sustainable House Ideas

by Francesc Zamora

150 Best Sustainable House Ideas features the latest innovations in environmentally friendly home design. From heating and cooling solutions to wind energy systems, solar paneling, thermal glazing, and even...


The Solar House: Passive Heating and Cooling

by Daniel D. Chiras

Passive solar heating and passive cooling—approaches known as natural conditioning—provide comfort throughout the year by reducing, or eliminating, the need for fossil fuel. Yet while heat from sunlight...


The New Ecological Home: A Complete Guide to Green Building Options

by Daniel D. Chiras

Shelter, like many other elements of human existence, comes at an extraordinary cost to our planet and its inhabitants. In the U.S. alone, construction of 1.2 million new homes a year results in a massive drain...


The Most Popular Homes of the Twenties

by William A. Radford & Daniel D. Reiff

Based on a rare 1925 catalog, this architectural showcase features floor plans, construction details, and photos of 26 homes, plus articles on entrances, porches, garages, and more. 250 illustrations, 21 color...


Wardway Homes, Bungalows, and Cottages, 1925

by Montgomery Ward & Co.

Floor plans, plus exterior and interior views of 80 vintage American homes — from a handsome multi-story residence to a charming three-room cottage. 94 black-and-white illustrations.


Barber's Turn-of-the-Century Houses: Elevations and Floor Plans

by George F. Barber

Created by a noted Knoxville, Tennessee, firm with a successful mail-order business, this architectural snapshot features working floor plans and fine drawings of over 80 distinctive vintage dwellings.


Craftsman Houses: The 1913 Catalog

by Gustav Stickley

This reprint of an authentic catalog testifies to the enduring charm of Stickley designs. Numerous architectural drawings and photographs of Mission-style homes include floor plans and descriptive text.


How to Build Cabins, Lodges and Bungalows

by Popular Science Monthly

Whether used as a historical or a how-to document, this straightforward manual details the construction process from foundation to roof, including chapters on porches, fireplaces, and furnishings. 72 illustrations....


The Bungalow Book: Floor Plans and Photos of 112 Houses, 1910

by Henry L. Wilson

Here are 112 of the most popular and economic blueprints of the early 20th century — plus an illustration or photograph of each completed house. A wonderful time capsule that still offers a wealth of valuable...


Flagg's Small Houses: Their Economic Design and Construction, 1922

by Ernest Flagg

Although most famous for his skyscrapers, Flagg was also a proponent of the well-designed single-family dwelling. His classic treatise features innovations that save space, materials, and cost. 526 illustrations....