The English Semi-Detached House
How and Why the Semi Became Britain's Most Popular House-Type
The first semi-detached houses in the 18th century were relatively grand affairs, but the sense of space and independence that the plan allowed made more modest adaptations of the style perfect for the growing middle class in the early 20th century and proliferated in suburban developments around major cities. This detailed and well-illustrated study traces the development of a housing style that accounts for a third of the dwellings in Britain.
The Perfect House
A Journey with the Renaissance Master Andrea Palladio
Few architects have been as influential as Andrea Palladio, whose ideas are embodied in stately buildings across Europe and America. In this fusion of travelogue, architectural guide and historical biography, the acclaimed architectural commentator Witold Rybczynski journeys along the Brenta River in northern Italy to visit Palladio’s surviving villas, and discovers how a rustic stonemason became the most sophisticated architect of the Renaissance.
An Illustrated Handbook
Much of Britain's architectural heritage was fashioned not by architects but by jobbing builders, using methods passed down through the generations. Extensively illustrated with photographs, maps, plans and elevations, this lucid guide explains the historical development and regional variations of vernacular architecture. It explores the various building types – from manor houses to cottages, farms to industrial premises – construction methods and materials, and decorative details, while the appendices explain how to research the subject, make detailed records and carry out surveys. Slightly Off-mint
This lively social history tells the story of the British home from primitive hut to modern suburb. It charts the evolution of the cottage, country house, terrace, flat, villa, semi and bungalow, explaining how each shaped the lives of its inhabitants. Illustrated with posters, prints and photographs – many in colour – it draws not only on architectural treatises and domestic manuals but also on novels, journals and letters to create a rich picture of the ways we have lived.
Devon Thatch: An Illustrated History
of Thatching and Thatched Buildings in Devon
Thatched roofs are perhaps associated more with the county of Devon than any other part of the country, the 'combed wheat reed' style of straw thatching being the traditional method of the region. Using many interesting archive photographs as well as images of thatchers at work, this book traces the history of thatching in Devon from the earliest times, celebrating the skills and traditions of the craft and exploring some of the most interesting thatched buildings in the county today.
Homes on the Move
This fascinating and original book explores everything from tents to the eternally popular caravans and campers, with beautiful colour images and detailed information. It is a must have for all those who succumb to the appeal of mobile accommodation, but also for those who design and construct homes on wheels, as an essential source of reference.