About The Book

Old to New presents twenty-six richly illustrated, detailed case studies ranging from a 17th-century farmhouse extension to basement and garden additions for Victorian terraced houses, to a zero-carbon new-build house surrounded by gardens. The projects are described in the genial words of the architect, who relates the personal brief of each client - whether it was the need for more space for growing teenagers, or the desire to adapt family living spaces for a couple heading into retirement - and presents in clear and sympathetic detail the reasoning behind his designs, choice of materials and methods for achieving sustainable outcomes.

In addition to the project descriptions, four essays by the architect address issues particular to his design philosophy and his work with period houses. 'Working with Old Buildings' describes the key challenges in expanding and renovating older houses. 'How to Green Your Old House' talks about solutions for energy efficiency. 'Working with Glass' discusses the architect's innovative use of this constantly evolving material, and 'Cultural Shifts in House Design' explores the way rooms and their uses have evolved over time.

Over 280 illustrations in colour and black and white
Size: 24 x 24 cm

About The Authors

Paul Archer studied architecture at Liverpool University, graduating in1991. In 1993 he moved to Hong Kong and worked for Tonkin Design on many residential, office and restaurant projects, before returning to the UK in 1996 to become a founding director of Tonkin Architects. He has taught at Liverpool University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Greenwich University, North London University and Cardiff University. He set up Paul Archer Design in 1999, focusing on high-quality residential work. He was included in the Architects' Journal '40 under 40' list in 2005.

In 2012 he was shortlisted for a RIBA award and in 2007 he won the Architects' Journal 'Small Project of the Year Award' for the Collins House (pp. 52-57). His projects have been featured on the television programme Grand Designs, in books such as HousePlus (Thames & Hudson, 2005), and in The Guardian Weekend, The Architects' Journal, Grand Designs and other popular and professional journals.

Phyllis Richardson is the author of several books on contemporary architecture and design, including the XS series (XS, XS Green, XS Extreme), HousePlus, New Sacred Architecture and Nano House.

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