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Written for everyone who dreams of building a house, Essence of Home provides
a step-by-step look at the planning process. Author and architect Liesl Geiger
presents seven elements that are crucial to the success and livability of
residential structures: design origins, site and scale, language and style,
openings and light, spheres of living, flow of space, and sustainability.
Twenty of today's leading architects—Richard Gluckman, Deborah Berke, Ted
Flato, Peggy Deamer, Turner Brooks, William McDonough, and others—offer
practical advice and experience.
Geiger emphasizes the expectations and opportunities inherent in the
architect-client relationship and presents a vocabulary with which clients can
describe their preferences for lifestyle, space usage, and design. Case studies
illustrate the principles of the design concepts, offering tangible and
compelling examples of how a customized home is a remarkable opportunity for