21st Century Homes: Innovative Designs by North America's by LLC Panache Partners

By LLC Panache Partners

Single-family houses, city dwellings, holiday getaways, sustainable structures, luxurious prefab designs, and plans for destiny houses contain this selection of breathtaking pictures and insightful statement that celebrates the creative contributions of virtually 70 of the best architects operating this day. From classical to avant-garde, the entire featured houses are stylistically diversified yet have a unique timelessness approximately them, a tribute to the foresight in their creators’ imaginative and prescient. The inspirations of such execs as David Hovey, Robert Gurney, Brad Lamoureux, Margaret McCurry, and Richard Meier are printed, as is the quantity of labor and commitment that went into every one undertaking. Spanning British Columbia, coastal California, Chicago, New England, the South, and plenty of scenic locations in among, 21st Century houses includes a worthy source index with brief biographies of the architects.

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The underlying objective in all the interviews was either to obtain from scratch, or to complement what is already available, sufficient information to prepare a short corporate biography of the company. For those companies that were already well known, the objective became the documentation and verification of existing hypotheses. For all companies there was a need to obtain as much detail as possible on housing volumes (if not already known) to satisfy the primary objective of establishing a matrix of housing volumes.

2 Although many individual developers became well known names in their locality, where sales numbers are quoted they tend to be small. Dyos noted that between the 1840s and 1870s hardly any London firms built more than 50 houses a year; those numbers rose in the succeeding decades but it was not until the end of the 1890s that ‘the really big firm’ moved in. 6 Of these four, only the Mickel business survives today, indirectly as Mactaggart & Mickel, and with an almost identical output. Several of the leading inter-war housebuilders appeared to have their roots in the nineteenth century but their early history had little, if anything, to do with speculative housebuilding.

12 One of the most striking changes was the reduction in the deposit required from 25% to around 5% in the early 1930s, facilitated by the increasing adoption of the ‘builders’ pool’ whereby the housebuilders themselves provided guarantees for the additional sum. 13 Regional housing statistics were not published before the war but Marshall analysed unpublished statistics held within the Ministry of Housing. 1 confirms the importance of the south-east, primarily London and the Home Counties, accounting for around 45% of the houses built in England and Wales between the wars.

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