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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
Built like a piece of fine furniture, the traditional Japanese house is
universally admired for its clean lines, intricate joinery, and unparalleled
woodworking. Focusing primarily on a new guesthouse in California, this elegant
volume shows how a classic Japanese house can be built to offer the warmth and
comfort that modern homemakers require.
Len Brackett, rigorously trained as a temple carpenter in Kyoto, has spent
decades adapting the ancient Japanese design aesthetic to Western needs. Here
he demonstrates step-by-step how both the traditional live-on-the-floor house,
as well as models that accommodate furniture, can be constructed to provide
such modern essentials as central heating, insulation, computerized lighting
systems, and the latest electronics. This practical and inspiring guide-with
gorgeous, clear photos and diagrams-is an indispensable resource for those
who'd like to live in a Japanese home, for professionals who want to build
them, and for any reader who delights in Japan's age-old aesthetic traditions.