Top critical review
Great primer for working with an Architect to design your McMansion, not DESIGNING your own house.
Reviewed in the United States on May 12, 2020
Unfortunately the title really doesn't seem to mesh with the actual content of the book. As explained by the author in the foreword, it started as a pamphlet for his clients so they knew some basics and a super high level view of things before engaging in the design process. That really is all this book is good for, and while engagingly written, the useful content is buried in lots of rambling anecdotes.
That all wouldn't be too bad, but the author does a horrible job at masking his contempt for any remotely modern architecture with the exception of open floor plans. Most of the rules and conventions mentioned covered in the book are specific to either absurdly huge houses or the faux traditional architecture the author loves. I'm flabbergasted by the cognitive dissonance to hate on international modernism for lacking a sense of place, then somehow believing it is more "authentic" to have a bastardized 400 year old French Chateau in the middle of North Carolina.