Book Reviews

A History of Architecture

Sir Banister Fletcher
This is the ultimate book for hard core architecture enthusiasts. Using scaled drawings and photographs, accompanied by authoritive text, it comprehensively documents the history of every major building and style for the whole of the world & its history.
ISBN 0750622679

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Architecture, Form, Space and Order

Francis D.K. Ching
John Wiley & Sons Inc
One of the best books ever written (and drawn) about the architectural design process. Packed with superb freehand sketches that illustrate each point.
ISBN 0471286168

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Building Your Own Home

David Snell and Murray Armor
Ebury Press
One of the first books to tackle the subject comprehensively, this book gives a thorough grounding in the whole process from start to finish.
ISBN 0 09 188619 8

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Conservatories – A Complete Guide

Julian Owen
Crowood Press Ltd
A detailed guide to the planning, managing and completing of a conservatory.
ISBN 1 86126 726 6

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Construction Technology

Roy Chudley
Pearson Education Ltd
An excellent introduction to the principles and detail of the construction of buildings in the UK. No special information on timber frames, but a very good general textbook.
ISBN 0750668229

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Graphic Guide to Frame Construction

Rob Thallon
Taunton Press Inc.,U.S
Packed full of technical drawings showing the detailed construction of an open panel timber frame house using North American construction standards.
ISBN 1561586366

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Illustrated Handbook of Vernacular Architecture

R W Brunskill
Faber and Faber
A good book for details of traditional building techniques for the different regions of England and Wales, with lots of Illustrations.
ISBN 0571195032

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Kit and Modern Timber Frame Homes: A Complete Guide

Julian Owen
The Crowood Press Ltd
Written by architect Julian Owen. This book is aimed at anyone who is thinking of buildng their own home using either a kit or bespoke timber building system. It is also a good introduction for architects and builders who wish to learn more about the design and practical issues.
1861269501

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Period House

Albert Jackson and David Day
Collins
A well-illustrated, practical book with lots of useful information and tips on how to repair defects in many houses built in the traditional style
ISBN 0007192754

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Roof Construction and Loft Conversion

C N Mindham
Blackwell Scientific Publications
Not cheap but a thorough and useful guide to timber roof construction for houses. Worth purchasing if you intend to get involved in roof construction or have a technical interest.
ISBN 1405139633

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Self Build: Design and Build Your Own Home

Julian Owen
RIBA Enterprises
A practical, step by step guide to getting a well-designed individual house. Includes lots of checklists and other guidance for use in managing a project.
ISBN 1859461395

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The Home Plans Book

David Snell
Ebury Press
The biggest collection of house plans available in the UK.
ISBN 0 09 186953 6

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The Housebuilder’s Bible

Mark Brinkley
Ovolo Publishing Ltd
This covers many of the practical issues, with detailed and updated guidance on building costs.
ISBN 0 9524852 4 9

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The Gaia Natural House Book: Creating a Healthy and Ecologically Sound Home

David Pearson
Gaia Books Ltd
An excellent book for anyone interested in sustainable or ‘green’ building and designing for healthy living.
ISBN 1856751961

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