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How did the oldtimers design so many beautiful buildings? What did builders know 100 years ago that we have since forgotten? What rules were they following? What guidelines did they refer to?

Simple Rules is a collection of 25 of the basic concepts, design principles and rules of thumb that builders and architects used throughout history in the making of beautiful buildings.

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SUMMARY

Simple Rules – an unconventional design guide for the modern builder.

Inspired by long forgotten resources, this beautifully illustrated guide blends timeless composition principles and elegant proportional systems to give builders and designer’s techniques and specific formulas for creating aesthetically pleasing and impeccably designed buildings that offer a reverent nod to time-honored design elements.

Incorporating salvaged pieces and architectural relics, the concepts detailed in this guide have been resurrected and abridged for practical use by the 21st century architect and homebuilder. Using the same classic principles of making the once familiar and meaningful into something sensible and beautiful is the concept behind the designs illustrated in this builder’s guide.

Each design concept in this guide is intended to serve as an archetype for a new modern architecture to free builders from the need to replicate old styles and to forge their own paths in today’s world.

 

Additional unformated rules will periodically be added and will hopefully be revised and formatted into a second edition, Simple Rules No.2

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Simple Rules, a new kind of builder handbook/design guide can be purchased on Amazon, and other bookstores like Barnes and Noble:

(Kindle version also available)

 

 

 

 

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