Building the Japanese house today / by Peggy Landers Rao and Len Brackett ; photographs by Aya Brackett.

by Rao, Peggy LandersLooking glass; Brackett, AyaLooking glass; Brackett, LenLooking glass.

Publisher: New York : H.N. Abrams, 2005.Description: 223 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour) ; 29 cm.ISBN: 0810959313.Subject(s): Architecture -- United States -- History -- 21st centuryLooking glass | Architecture, Domestic -- United States -- Japanese influences | Architecture, Japanese -- United States | House construction -- United States
Design -- Precise drawings -- Wood -- Joinery -- Groundwork and framework -- Refinements -- On being an apprentice.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Built like a piece of fine furniture, the traditional Japanese house is universally admired for its clean lines, intricate joinery, and unparalleled woodworking. Focusing primarily on a new guesthouse in California, this elegant volume shows how a classic Japanese house can be built to offer the warmth and comfort that modern homemakers require.Len Brackett, rigorously trained as a temple carpenter in Kyoto, has spent decades adapting the ancient Japanese design aesthetic to Western needs. Here he demonstrates step-by-step how both the traditional live-on-the-floor house, as well as models that accommodate furniture, can be constructed to provide such modern essentials as central heating, insulation, computerized lighting systems, and the latest electronics. This practical and inspiring guide--with gorgeous, clear photos and diagrams--is an indispensable resource for those who'd like to live in a Japanese home, for professionals who want to build them, and for any reader who delights in Japan's age-old aesthetic traditions.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Design -- Precise drawings -- Wood -- Joinery -- Groundwork and framework -- Refinements -- On being an apprentice.

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Peggy Landers Rao writes on Japanese design and architecture. She is the coauthor of Japanese Accents in Western Interiors . Len Brackett , who served a long apprenticeship in traditional architecture in Kyoto, has been building Japanese houses in the U.S. for 30 years. Aya Brackett , Len Brackett's daughter, is a photographer and a photo editor at Dwell magazine .