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Architectural Inspiration: Styles, Details and Sources

Architectural Inspiration: Styles, Details and Sources
By Richard Skinulis, Peter Christopher

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Book Description

The perfect what-to, how-to and where-to guidebook and reference for inspired homeowners, house renovators, interior designers and residential architects.

This exceptional style and source guide is the first book to examine residential architecture and design elements from both creative and practical perspectives. It is also the first to include extensive North American sources for high-end, custom and hard-to-find materials and services.

Combining original photography of 70 superb homes with hundreds of hand-picked product shots, this stunning compendium is a superb resource and reference book for homeowners and professionals alike.

Architectural Inspiration features the innovative ideas, inspiration and practical advice of renowned North American designers and architects. It also provides access to many of the same sources they turn to in residential home design and detailing.

From the Table of Contents:

Part One: Styles

Exteriors: North American Styles

  • The evolution of residential styles in North America, from Colonial days to the present.

Interiors: Living Spaces

  • Great rooms, living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, kitchens, bathrooms, hallways, staircases, converted lofts, reconstructed barns and more.

Part Two: Details

Exterior Details

Doors and Windows

Floors, Walls and Ceilings

Architectural Details

Light and Heat

Kitchen Fittings

Bathroom Fixtures


Part Three: Sources

  • Contact information for major North American manufacturers, suppliers and distributors of high-end, hard-to-find residential building materials and accoutrements.

Book Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #2572955 in Books
  • Brand: Brand: Boston Mills Press
  • Published on: 2007-09-14
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 11.25" h x 1.63" w x 9.75" l, 1.10 pounds
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 528 pages


  • Used Book in Good Condition

Editorial Reviews

This massive style guide is more than a dream-and-inspiration book.... For viewers who enjoy looking at other people's houses and interiors, thisiis a treasure trove of large, beautiful photographs.... If you're not sure what your personal design style is, this book can help you identify it. (Gloria Hildebrandt Escarpment Views)

Loaded with products, shots and sources, including many by Canadian manufacturers. (CanWest Wire Service 2007-12-15)

[A] visual feast of more than 3,000 colour photographs ... A dream browse for anyone renovating a home or even thinking about it. (Globe and Mail 2007-12-15)

Delivers a wide-ranging survey of styles, fixtures, and architectural elements, capped off with a source guide of hard-to-find high-end building materials. (Aspen Home)

More than the usual coffee table 'deco porn' ... it offers inspiration and a whole lot more. (Cecily Ross Globe and Mail 2007-10-27)

An impressively detailed resource that covers architectural styles, details and sources. (Carolyn Leitch Globe and Mail 2007-11-02)

A terrific North American source of residential design ideas as useful to the seasoned designer as to the homeowner. (Canadian House and Home)

A comprehensive sourcebook ... Profiles on featured homes keep the book from reading too much like an encyclopedia. (Home and Design, Luxury Remodeling Supplement (Sil)

For sheer volume of product and possibility when its comes to choosing or designing a gate, a window, a bathroom, or a roof, this book has an inspiration for nearly every occasion. (Bill Robertson Star Phoenix (Saskatoon) 2007-12-15)

This useful reference is like having a vast array of catalogs from building resources that has been carefully and thoughtfully edited and organized for inspired homeowners, interior designers, and residential architects. (New York Living (Buyer's Guide 2008) 2007-12-31)

An excellent volume showcasing the beautiful interiors and exteriors of more than 70 homes... These homes run the gamut.... Loaded with products, shots, and sources, including many by Canadian manufacturers. (Cheryl Cornacchia The Gazette (Montreal) 2007-12-02)

This well-illustrated guide, which includes many Canadian sources, will help you define your style and choose materials and finishes to personalize your home. (Style at Home 2007-12-31)

This big and beautiful book is for folks who want to make big and beautiful homes or renovations -- and want to do so methodically... For those who can afford such dreams, this is the perfect one-stop shop in a book. (Gerald Flood Winnipeg Free Press)

Ideal for seasoned designers, architects, builders, renovators and for those considering building a dream home of their own ... [Skinulis and Christopher] have produced an excellent volume showcasing the beautiful interiors and exteriors of more than 70 homes.... loaded with products, shots and sources. (CanWest Wire The Calgary Herald 2007-12-09)

Gorgeous ... crammed with design ideas and sources.... A good mix of Canadian and U.S. styles and ideas.... For anyone who loves houses or is planning a renovation or new home -- and could use a little inspiration -- this book fits the bill. (REM (Real Estate Market) (Alberta))

A feast for the eyes and a valuable resource tool.... Architectural Inspiration deserves a place on your coffee table.... Packed with often stunning photos of exceptional homes and design features from across North America, the book is nothing short of a celebration of residential construction and interior design at its best [and] a handy source book for contractors and renovators.... The painstaking detail with which Skinulis and Christopher explore the options available in the realm of residential construction and design is quite stunning. [The book] leaves no stone unturned [and] showcases just how beautiful the art of construction and design can be. (Frank Condron Canadian Contractor 2008-01-31)

An excellent volume showcasing more than 70 homes. (Cheryl Cornacchia The Ottawa Citizen 2008-01-12)

[This] broad source guide is a bevy of information for the professional designer, architect or builder.... What sets the text apart from similar books, though, is the sheer volume of products. Skinulis and Christopher cover a wide array of topics thoughtfully and comprehensively.... The authors' notes feature a no-nonsense approach about the products, their uses, benefits and drawbacks.... Ultimately, Architectural Inspiration succeeds as a competent, clear and valuable design text for any design professional in search of products and design inspiration. (Kitchen & Bath Design News 2008-01-01)

Architectural Inspiration is just that: inspiring... The book is graced from cover to cover with exquisite color images of unbelievable homes and architectural details.... Architectural Inspiration is a great addition to an architecture lover's library and a must-read for anyone who is planning to build soon. Those who have recently built a home will be overcome with fixture envy. (Michael J. Albert The Bloomsbury Review 2008-02-01)

Inspiration is the key word here in this book title as the authors present an expansive variety of ideas for homeowners, interior designers, and residential architects through large, handsome color photographs of over 70 custom-built homes.... Although there are an endless number of interior design books on the market, the etailed product photographs -- such as 10 pages showing different finishes of wood flooring -- are what set this book apart... This book will become a favorite resource for anyone wishing to design a unique and creative home to reflect individual tastes and interests. (John Laurence Kelland American Reference Books Annual 2008)

A comprehensive review of the products available for all areas of the home... will motivate readers to look for materials beyond the big-box home-improvement stores... With its overview of North American domestic styles, this volume offers a historical perspective of architectural details and encourages an appreciation of those details so decorators can make informed choices.... Highly recommended for academic and public libraries. (Library Journal)

Anything and everything you need to know. There are plenty of gorgeous pictures of [the] beautiful rooms we expect in a decor book, but also loads of detailed information... The book is truly an inspiration. (Patrick Tivy Reno and Decor 2008-05-31)

[A] hefty, comprehensive, gorgeously illustrated tome that delivers what its tagline promises... This is one of the most thorough and well-researched source books on products and materials on the market. (L.S. Chicago Tribune-City, Colorado Springs Gazette)

It's the first book to examine residential architecture and design elements from both the creative and practical perspectives.... The result is a complete design inventory (and wish book).... A fabulous book. (Linda Turk The Chronicle-Journal 2008-02-24)

A great source book for home renovators, designers and architects. This practical guide not only gives you plenty of ideas about materials and services but tells you where to go to locate them.... The book's big advantage, of course, is insider's information on that hard-to-find custom detail that won't be found off the shelf and helps to make a home one-of-a-kind. (Kim Pemberton The Vancouver Sun 2008-03-21)

There are plenty of gorgeous pictures of beautiful rooms we expect in a decor book, but also loads of detailed information. One page is devoted to types of house numbers, two pages to different ceiling fans, while fireplaces get four. The book is truly an inspiration. (Patrick Tivy Reno and Decor 2008-05-01)

[This] hefty, comprehensive, gorgeously illustrated tome...delivers wht its tagline promises: "styles, details and sources." Save yourself the time of running from store to store or surfing the web blind; this is one of the most thorough and well-researched source books on products and materials on the market. (Lisa Skoline The Edmonton Journal 2008-03-08)

The greatest value lies in the product illustrations, which are numerous and varied. (P. Glassman, Long Island University Choice 2008-07-01)

For anyone who is planning to build or remodel a home or those who just dream of it, this is the book to have at hand. Author Kinulis and photographer Christopher cover every aspect of home design outside of the basic architecture, including cladding and roofs....The photographs are beautiful and clear [and] while not everyone can afford a Chihuly chandelier, we can all revel in these wonderful examples of home design, using them as a guide for projects and daydreams. (BookNews 2009-12-01)

About the Author

Richard Skinulis is the award-winning author of six books. He has also written numerous magazine features.

Peter Christopher is the photographer of nine books and a contributor to many others.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.


My interest in all things architectural began decades ago when I wrote my first book on log homes. It was given further fuel when I teamed up with photographer Peter Christopher on another book, Log Homes: Classics of the North. To our delight, Peter and I found that people who design, build and live in beautiful, wellcrafted homes are extremely interesting and a pleasure to be around.

We also discovered that all the things that make a home really work from an aesthetic point of view -- in other words, the details -- were just as interesting. Why do the arches, columns and wrought-iron work of one house combine together to make it a magnificent showpiece, but on another house look simply awful? How can massive pieces of stone look sensational in one house and unbelievably tacky in the one next door? We wanted to know how the details work and what inspires their use.

In a nice case of serendipity, we ran across some very interesting trends -- sea changes, really -- that we wanted to communicate and try to interpret. Because we North Americans, and the world at large, are becoming much more sophisticated in terms of how we live and where we do that living, how our homes look and function is becoming very important to us all. Hundreds of billions of dollars are being spent every year by people renovating their homes in North America. Our interest in architectural details is apparently being shared by just about everyone else on the continent. Why not a book that looks at this wave of activity from a uniquely North American perspective?

The passion that we believe infuses this book comes from the countless architects, designers, home owners, artisans and manufacturers whose homes and work grace these pages. Their interpretations are as variable as are their personalities. Many of the quotes you'll find throughout this book come from conversations with these artists, each contributing his or her own take on residential design and decoration. They have explored all manner of extraordinary ideas and have access to sources not all homeowners might find in the course of a trip to a regular neighborhood building center. We are fortunate in enjoying the benefit of these experts' ideas and counsel -- in photographs and in words -- plus access to many of the sources where they go to get their materials.

What we have not tried to do is come up with a definitive work on all architectural styles from an exhaustive academic or historical perspective. This book is a source and style guide designed to provide inspiration, ideas and useful information. We wanted to share all of the possibilities that we found as we crisscrossed North America in search of the best and most interesting in architectural details. There are plenty of ideas in these pages to inspire those who want to remodel their home or, dream of dreams, build their own. We also wanted to provide a look at the available products and materials needed to make that dream reality -- the best of the best in high-end, hard-to-find or simply unique products. The Books section at the end of each Details chapter contains only a very small sampling of some of the many unique products available. Take inspiration from these and turn to the Sources listing at the end of the book for contact information and web addresses for almost a thousand suppliers, manufacturers, artisans, designers and architects. They will lead you to places you might never have imagined.

It is to celebrate this adventurous spirit that this book was conceived. We hope you will be as inspired in reading it as we were in producing it.

Richard Skinulis
Richmond Hill, Ontario

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This is a wonderful resource book for architects, interior designers and homeowners that are interested in designing architecturally interesting homes and spaces within homes. The book is over 500 pages in length and is loaded with interesting photographs. Topics include exterior and interior styles, exterior details, doors & windows, floors, walls & ceilings, architectural details, light and heat, kitchen fittings, bathroom fixtures, hardware and more. It covers a wide variety of materials, ideas and resources. My favorite sections are those on doors, entranceways, garage doors, staircases and ceilings.

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