The New City Home: Smart Solutions for Metro Living

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9781561586486: The New City Home: Smart Solutions for Metro Living

Here are creative, city-tested solutions to meeting the challenges of metro living. In The New City Home, Leslie Plummer Clagett provides you with design ideas for a wide variety of urban living spaces -- from lofts to apartments to townhouses. Throughout the book, Clagett looks at a variety of specific examples that show ingenuity and practicality. For example, youll learn how a New York brownstone was restored to its original condition while its interior was opened up for a refreshingly modern feel.

Youll discover how to make the most of limited space, bring in light and views, reduce noise, maintain privacy, and live in a building with historic-landmark status. Whether youre already at home in the metropolis or contemplating a move there, The New City Home will help you create your personal space in an impersonal place.

The New City Home features:

  • 25 of the most well-planned and appealing urban spaces in the United States and Canada
  • innovative ideas for creating a comfortable, well-crafted city homeHouses that represent a broad range of metro building types and the full spectrum of homeowner type (single young people, married couples, empty nesters)
  • design solutions that can be applied to many multi-residential situations, not just major metros

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About the Author:

Clagett is a former editor of Home and Today's Homeowner magazines.

From Publishers Weekly:

Well-to-do homeowners looking for ideas on how to improve their city living space and readers with an interest in urban architecture will enjoy these presentations of the best in metropolitan design. Clagett, who coauthored The Art of Mosaic Design (1998), has written widely in the field of home design, and here she details two dozen examples of renovated lofts, apartments and townhouses in locations such as Manhattan, Philadelphia, Toronto and Portland. Though varying widely in style, the spaces chosen share a blend of artistry and practicality shaped to serve the needs of those who live there. Each dwelling is accompanied by an architectural history, floor plans and photographs that lavishly illustrate how the finished home overcame the drawbacks of urban living how intelligent design and craftsmanship were employed to address a lack of space and light, for example, or provide a refuge from the frenetic pace of city life. New movable walls, constructed from aluminum and acrylic in ways that maximized rather than blocked sunlight, transformed an empty concrete loft in Boston. In Manhattan, a peaceful environment was created in a high rise through windows that functioned as "framed photographs" of the city's skyline. Of particular interest is Clagett's description of how two historic Philadelphia town houses, purchased by a couple as their urban retirement home, were made wheelchair accessible after one of the owners became unable to walk. Color photos.
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