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Friday, August 21, 2009

Residential Interior Design: A Guide to Planning Spaces

Residential Interior Design: A Guide to Planning Spaces

A Room-by-room guide to home interior design

More than a decorating guide, Residential Interior Design teaches the fundamental skills needed to plan interior spaces for all types of homes, in all decorative styles, from remodeling to new construction. Taking a step-by-step approach, this valuable primer reviews all aspects of interior architecture as it relates to human factors and daily use.

Authors and interior designers Maureen Mitton and Courtney Nystuen explore the minimal amount of space necessary in order for rooms to function usefully, from the kitchen to the bathroom, the bedroom to the hallway, and every room in between. Packed with hundreds of drawings and photographs, this valuable tool is brimming with useful information regarding codes, mechanical and electrical systems, the Americans with Disabilities Act, accessibility codes, special considerations for multi-family dwellings, and a variety of additional factors that impact each type of room and its corresponding space.

With a focus on quality of design over quantity of space, Residential Interior Design is the first stop to designing equally efficient and attractive rooms.

Interior Design

Interior Design

By far the most attractive introduction to interior design as it is practiced today, this comprehensive survey focuses on exciting solutions to the real problems of modern environmental circumstances, both residential and commercial. Of the more than 750 photographs and diagrams, over 200-most in color-are new to this lavishly produced third edition and reflect the vision of the most creative professionals working today. John Pile's long-awaited revision of his highly regarded text features:

* six new detailed case studies of projects by such noted contemporary designers as Adam Tihany, Maya Lin, and Moneo Brock Studio.
* exciting coverage of the new "hot" topics in the field, including "green" design, fiber optic and LED lighting, the reconfigurable workplace, boutique hotels, and digital technology.

Every chapter has been updated in organization, content, and visual examples to reflect the newest developments in this exciting field.

Becoming an Interior Designer: A Guide to Careers in Design

Becoming an Interior Designer: A Guide to Careers in Design

If you're embarking upon a career in interior design, here's a highly visual overview of the profession, with in-depth material on educational requirements, design specialties, finding a job, and the many directions a career in interior design can take. Featuring informative interviews with working designers, this Second Edition includes updated educational requirements and a list of accredited interior design programs in the United States and Canada.

"This guide surveys careers in the interior design field, from residential to commercial, including corporate, hospitality, and entertainment specialties. This edition has been revised and updated to incorporate information on sustainable and global design, and design for seniors, with added profiles and examples of projects." (Book News, May 2009)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Universal Design for the Home: Great Looking, Great Living Design for All Ages, Abilities, and Circumstances

Universal Design for the Home: Great Looking, Great Living Design for All Ages, Abilities, and Circumstances

INTERIOR DESIGN "Universal design" as defined by architect Ron Mace, who coined the phrase, is "the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design." Jordan (Making Room: Finding Space in Unexpected Places) shows how a home that is accommodating to all can also have a stylish decor.

Some 15 newly built or renovated homes are featured, for which Jordan explains the inhabitantsa lifestyles and physical challenges. Color photographs and some before-and-after floor plans show how accessibility standards have been incorporated. A list of resources is provided. Since few books address how to make a home barrier-free without creating an institutionalized look, this book is recommended for all public libraries.

Architectural Design Ideas: HGTV Home Design & Remodeling Suite

HGTV Home Design & Remodeling Suite

Are you looking to update a living room, bedroom or other space but aren't really sure where to begin? HGTV Home Design & Remodeling Suite makes the process a cinch. Easily draw out your room. Then choose materials and furnishings just by dragging and dropping.

This new software is perfect for creating a new living space; adding a fireplace; making your home energy efficient with new appliances; replacing countertops, cabinetry and fixtures; and enhancing any room in your house with a brand new look. You can import digital photos of your home's exterior or interior and instantly change paint colors. You can even design your dream home from scratch.

And it's easier than ever--no design experience necessary! Just point and click!

* Room Makeovers
* Interior Design and Remodels
* HGTV How-To Video Library
* Kitchens & Baths
* Landscaping & Tools
* Home Design
* Cost Estimating
HGTV Home Design & Remodeling Suite