The Modern Townhouse
The Latest in Urban and Suburban DesignsBook - 2006
Profiles three types of popular townhouse projects, including renovations of existing structures, new constructions on vacant inner-city lots, and one-off townhouses, in a resource that features examples from major American cities.
A townhouse is a residence that many find combines the best amenities of a single–family home and a condominium. By definition, a townhouse is a home that is attached to adjacent houses, which sits upon land that you own.
THE MODERN TOWNHOUSE will look at three types of town house projects that are increasingly popular in urban areas and close–in suburbia:
1) Renovation of existing town houses. This is a particularly popular activity in older, urban neighborhoods undergoing re–gentrification. Eighteenth and nineteenth century "shells" long in disrepair, are being gutted and totally modernized
2) Vacant lots, primarily in the inner cities, but also in close–in suburban neighborhoods where zoning restricts high rise housing, are being filled with four or five town houses that are built perpendicular to the street, usually in neighborhoods where the lot size would normally accommodate only one, detached house. This activity is in response to the increasing demand for urban housing where high land prices mandate multifamily housing solutions.
3) New, one–off townhouses, that are found primarily in wealthier neighborhoods where the high land cost can be recovered with a single, luxury town home.
The book will be divided into these three categories and feature project from around the country including Baltimore, San Diego, San Francisco, Miami, and in smaller metropolitan areas.
Featuring full color photography and architectural diagrams, this volume showcases 16 projects that exemplify current trends in townhouse design in cities around the U.S. The projects fall into three main categories: renovations of existing townhomes, new construction in vacant urban lots, and new "one off" luxury townhomes. Trulove is an author and editor of books on architecture, landscape architecture, and garden design. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)