Read Up About Home Design

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In this series of blog posts, we're walking through the steps to plan, design, and build a custom home. In the last post, we talked about getting your finances in order

In previous posts, we've talked about planning, design, and different ways to go about getting architectural plans for your custom home.

When it comes to the actual design, we could spend days -- weeks, months -- talking about the detailed design considerations for your home. So many possibilities. So many choices. So many juicy topics to discuss with your builder and architectural designer.

Instead of spending days, weeks, months, we want to recommend a couple of books for you. Here are our particular favorites:

A recommended book about green building

Green Home Building: Money Savings Strategies for an Affordable, Healthy, High-Performance Home is a road map to achieving a green home within any budget.  Authors Miki Cook and Doug Garrett are green building consultants with years of residential construction experience and building science background.

Overall, the book “is about making informed, educated decisions in order to achieve your long-term goals, and about understanding the synergy of how each decision affects everything else.”

Part One offers ten steps to an affordable, healthy, high-performance home. Topics include location, size, design, building products and materials, construction waste, equipment and systems, health and environment, outdoor living, green bling, and maintenance. Part Two tackles how to get to net zero. 

Reading this book will equip you to engage in knowledgeable discussion with your own building and design team.

Mary wrote a review of the book when it was published in 2014. Read it here.

The Not So Big books

Another favorite is The Not So Big House: A Blueprint for the Way We Really Live, by architect Sarah Susanka with Kira Obolensky. This book is the first in a series of Not So Big books. Full of photos and illustrations, its core message is that quality should come before quantity. When we recommend this book to clients, they usually come back to the next meeting with the book bristling with sticky notes and bookmarks.  


We hope these book recommendations help. If you have other favorites, post a comment and let us hear about it.

Next time, we'll dive into home construction starting at the bottom -- the foundation.

-- Wayne and Mary