light reading

Mark and I had a date at the library last Friday.  There is the sweetest little library only about a mile from us (if you knew me, you’d know how often I use the phrase “only about a mile from us”; it could be a drinking game, seriously) and I know that we are terribly fortunate to be able to walk to it. We had a delightful time and Mark was a real peach.  He even let me pick out some books for myself after I tore him away from the mega-blocks and board books in the children’s section.


From the top:

Being Perfect by Anna Quindlen

The American Barn by Randy Leffingwell

The Green Home by Bridget Biscotti Bradley and the editors of Sunset Books

The Complete Guide to Designing Your Own Home by Scott Ballard, AIA

Can you tell where my head’s been lately?  That first book, Being Perfect, is more of an essay with photographs.  I really enjoy Anna Quindlen’s writing (I think this is the third book of hers I’ve read) and this is short and satisfying.  I read it over lunch.

The American Barn?  Well, I wanted to look through all the photos for inspiration.  This is the one book I haven’t delved into yet, but that’s because I’ve been reading through The Green Home and the Designing Your Own Home books.  You may wonder why I, as an architect, would need a book like this.  Well, Dr. Jay and I will definitely build our own home at some point, and since we are making the move down south, that could potentially happen in the next few years.  We realized in talking about this a few weeks ago that despite having savings for a house, we aren’t really sure how the financing of a residential construction project works.  This book dedicates a few chapters to this subject, and though it’s from 1995, it’s helpful for me to read about the process and remind myself of all the preliminary work and decisions involved.  Knowing what to expect in advance could save us a lot of energy, and money!  This book is also written by a University of Texas at Austin graduate, which I didn’t realize until I got it home.  I think it must have been calling to me from the library shelves.

I grabbed The Green Home because I’d like to start researching materials (and pricing) for this pie in the sky home we might one day build.  Cork floors seem like the have lots of benefits (easy on the legs, a rapidly renewable material, relatively inexpensive, good for the wear and tear of a dog and children) but I’m wondering how they perform if they’ve been painted?  I was thinking that a classic black and white checkerboard pattern could be great for a kitchen, but would that work on cork?  Please let me know if you’ve had experience with this.

If I make more headway in the category of Our Future Home, I’ll certainly let you know.  Right now I divide my thinking/internet research time between that, pinning images on PInterest, and looking for places to move in Tennessee.  That’s what’s been going on here, lately.  We’re glad it’s March and hoping the winter weather and sickies are behind us!


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