Bring home a taste of Europe with the lush and luxurious plans from European Dream Homes, Second Edition. * Unique designs with a distinctive flair, European Dream Homes, Second Edition features homes that combine modern floor plans with a wide range of exteriors that exude Old World charm. * From country cottages to stately manors, this revised edition has whatever you're looking for in European style and grace. * This new edition opens with a comprehensive introduction to classic European Architecture, followed by beautiful showcase of representative homes presented in full-color. * Over 70 of the designs in this volume are brand-new and feature the innovative advances of the nation's most prestigious residential designers. * Homes from 1,410 to 10,240 square feet.
Date Published 10/1/2002
Rated By: Thomas Peterson
Comments: You can't judge this book by its cover -- or iits title Based on the title, I was expecting a book full of some "Dream" ideas of features that modern European architects were incorporating into their designs. What I received was a plan book (ALL plans for sale) of "Luxury European" homes designed by mostly American architects with little insight into any European design criteria. The book is basically a catalog of perspective renderings of homes to be built with accompanying floor plans. Written criteria includes a one page introduction to the plan book. Additional written criteria includes a few brief paragraphs written by each architect espousing the unique European features of the "American" architect's design. There are a total of 18 interior home pictures (all captioned) on 9 of the 29 pages of the first chapter titled "Gallery of European Style". The chapter contains mostly pictures of built homes -- all with plans for sale. As a book of plans, I found the designs mostly interesting and the architects' work above average. The book is well worth having if one is looking for a catalog book of expensive "European Style" home designs plans. Nevertheless, the insights I was expecting from the title are going to be much more of a chore to find by reviewing each and every plan -- and, are they really going to be "European"?