Designing your Perfect House

Designing your Perfect House

Lessons From An Architect

Book - 2008
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Midpoint Books
Designing Your Perfect House is the ideal guidebook for navigating the often mystifying process of house design and building. It's full of sage advice from a master architect about how to design the perfect house for you.Presented in twelve understandable lessons, this book moves from wonderful concepts to a finished dream home. Beginning with an exploration of the philosophy of design, the grammar of architecture, the creation of space, and discussions of how to make spaces be appropriate and gratifying for the people living in them, the lessons explore issues of scale, daylight, how to make a house feel like a home, unifying a design, flow, and proportions.This book answers questions like: How do I get started? How do I select a building site? What kind of house can I afford with my budget? How do I make my dream house just right for me?Other topics include: site analysis and selection, programming, schematic design, style, room relationships, budget, working with professionals, methods of contracting, and more.Numerous color photos and drawings illustrate the book's major points

Book News
A dream house should meet the homeowner's vision rather than the architect's, according to a veteran North Carolina-based architect. In a dozen lessons, Hirsch explains design concepts that can help shape that vision (e.g., the golden mean, adding an unexpected element, using appropriate materials); advises on how to choose the right architect and building site; and suggests thinking of how much your house costs by pound rather than square foot. The guide includes color photographs, design plans, critical design questions, and suggested reading. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Cary, NC : Dalsimer Press, c2008
Description: 239 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780979882036
Branch Call Number: 728.37 Hir


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Jun 24, 2013

A great book that gives you a lot of insight on what goes into, and what has to be considered when designing a custom house. Unfortunately the author didn't discuss northern climates too much, but other than this great.

Mar 07, 2010

Full of things to think about before you begin designing, such as lot access and elevations.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings


Find it at BPL

To Top