Building the Japanese House Today
Peggy Landers Rao and Len Brackett • Photographs
by Aya Brackett
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 would 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.
Hardcover with jacket
224 pages, 200 illustrations, 155 in full color
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