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Crandall, Chuck, They Chose to Be Different: Unusual California Homes, San Francisco, Chronicle Books, 1972, first edition, 8vo (8.75" x 1.25"), HB in dj, blue & white cloth bds w/ gilt decorative titles in color photo dj, VG- / VG-. Prev owner's inscription to ffep DJ creased at edges, extremities chipped, some rubbing, 1" tear to front bottom edge.

131 pp, profuse b&w illustrations. 33 distinctive houses, photos of both exteriors & interiors.

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Here is a house tour of many exciting, innovative and unconventional Northern California homes. You won’t like them all. But there’s no reason why you should—they were specifically designed for their owners’ individual dreams and lifestyles, not yours. Chances are, however, somewhere in this book you’ll find the one special design that will excite you to the point of saying: “Wouldn’t it be wonderful to live there!”

Far from being bizarre each of these home seems a natural and organic structure, integrated with its surroundings and utilizing materials and construction techniques uniquely suited to its own
raison d’être.

The ingenuity of the architects and designers becomes evident when you consider their solutions to the unusual problems confronting them. What sort of home do you plan for a couple who frequently entertain 100 or more gusts at a time? How to create an integrated design that still maintains a generation gap between adults and adolescents? How do you go about constructing a home on a building lot under 85 feet of water? Or in a eucalyptus grove without sacrificing a single tree?

While many of these unique home were designed and constructed without financial limitations, other are amazing low-budget spectaculars. You’ll find one fascinating home built completely of recycled materials, and others which achieve esthetic as well as practical effects using only low-cost materials.

    [Book ID # 1710]


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