For as long as I can remember, I’ve said to anyone who would listen, I’d love to live in an old house one day. I love the architecture and sometimes quirky personalities of older homes. I especially love their anything-but-cookie-cutter design.
One friend used to always say to me, “Don’t buy an old home, build one!” She would remind me if I built a new-old house, I could get all the features I wanted and loved in historic homes without the negatives that sometimes come with owning one, like major expenses in restoration and upkeep.
The book I’m sharing today is one I had on my Amazon “wish list” for over a year before I finally took the plunge and purchased it last summer. It’s written by James Lowell Strickland, the President and senior partner of Historical Concepts, an Atlanta Architecture and Design firm. This book beautifully showcases the concept of building a new-old house, heavy in all the features so often loved in old southern homes.
Be sure and check out some of Historical Concept’s previous design work at their website. You’ll immediately recognize many of them, including the two Southern Living Idea houses that were in Senoia, Georgia a few years back. I was blown away by all the beautiful designs they’ve created and projects on which they’ve worked. Such an impressive portfolio!
In the BNOTP Library: Coming Home: The Southern Vernacular House
Author: James Lowell Strickland
Hardcover: 224 pages
Book Size: 11.3 x 8.9 x 1 inches
3 Things I Like About This Book:
- Beautiful designs capturing all the things we love about old homes and traditional architecture, yet designed for the way we live today.
- Nice variety of homes throughout, including mountain retreats, country houses and coastal cottages.
- The homes feel like real homes where real people live. So many of the homes have a quiet elegance about them, nothing over-done, just warm, inviting spaces that feel like home.
You can read more about this book, Coming Home: The Southern Vernacular House at Amazon where I normally buy my books, via the picture link below.
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