Building a Timeless House in an Instant Age

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Building a Timeless House in an Instant Age

Building a Timeless House in an Instant Age Author master craftsman and hands on preservationist Brent Hull a Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalist for architectural non fiction challenges us to consider the impact our decisions will ha

  • Title: Building a Timeless House in an Instant Age
  • Author: Brent Hull
  • ISBN: 9781612541570
  • Page: 376
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Author, master craftsman, and hands on preservationist, Brent Hull a Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalist for architectural non fiction challenges us to consider the impact our decisions will have when building a house What do our homes say about us What stories are they telling Are they declarations of integrity, beauty, and heritage Or do they suggest we have lAuthor, master craftsman, and hands on preservationist, Brent Hull a Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalist for architectural non fiction challenges us to consider the impact our decisions will have when building a house What do our homes say about us What stories are they telling Are they declarations of integrity, beauty, and heritage Or do they suggest we have lost our sense of value, craft, and harmony Kirkus Reviews calls Building a Timeless House in an Instant Age Part call to action, part exploration of technique, the result is a persuasive and enjoyable reminder that our homes are reflections of ourselves Nationally recognized as an authority on historic design, architecturally correct moldings, and millwork, Hull is uniquely qualified to speak to the craft of building and art of design In an age of instant homes, how do we build something timeless that weaves a tale of character, values, history, and heart The decisions we make for our homes are not inconsequential What we build defines us In fact, the contrast between the way we build today and how structures used to be built has become only vivid What happened to craft What happened to the art of building Our values and what we believe about life have changed as well We have come to see houses as a tradable commodity We live in a time that is obsessed with what s next We need to be careful of fooling ourselves into thinking that a bottom line mentality is the best way to approach building a home Now is the time to examine ourselves, our motives, and our hearts.

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    1. Douglas Wilson on said:

      I enjoyed this book very much, and learned quite a bit from it. I had previously read The Old Way of Seeing, which was similar, and am fascinated at what makes so many modern residential homes so mud fence ugly. Reading this book together with Old Way will go a long way to answering those questions. A lot of great detail in here.I do have one minor criticism, and this comes up whenever our culture is being compared to previous generations. All our crappy stuff gets compared to all the timeless s [...]

    2. Sally Ewan on said:

      My son Nigel wanted to read this book after he heard Ken Myers interview Hull on "Mars Hill". I am always interested in what interests Nigel, so I picked this up to read--it's not a very long book. Hull is concerned with the lack of craftsmanship in modern home construction, and he touches on some interesting concepts in here. There's a chapter about Levittown and the influence of low prices on homebuilding. He then goes on to talk about how postmodern thinking has "replaced faith with nothing. [...]

    3. David on said:

      Sadly, a rant mostlyRather than leading you through making good decisions about building the author rants against modern home building throughout all except the last two chapters. Sure we can appreciate his ire for its the reason we bought the book in the first place. I wish for solutions not a mind numbing reiteration of the problem. Tell us how to solve the problem.

    4. Ryan Boomershine on said:

      "What do our homes say about us? What stories are they telling? A scandal? Perhaps a gossip column crossed with reality TV? Or a declaration of integrity, beauty and heritage? This discussion important because these are the same values we are communicating to our children and the next generation. These are the values we communicate to other countries, reflecting the true nature of our hearts."We've lost sight of our homes as architecture that has intrinsic value and meaning. The decisions we mak [...]

    5. Mark Jr. on said:

      I read this because my wife and I are about to buy our third house and I wanted wisdom. Our second house, it turns out, was very well made in 1948. We already miss it and we haven't yet left it. I wanted to know what made me like this house. Hull helped. He told me about a classical tradition of home construction that, he says, has been nearly lost in America. He told me to build a house (if I ever get to do such a thing) to tell a story about my family and my beliefs. He told me to build a time [...]

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