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The French Farmhouse Hardcover – 12 Jan 1995

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  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown (12 Jan. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316912263
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316912266
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 1.9 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,209,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This extraordinary book is in three parts. The first looks at the development of European farmhouses from the Middle Ages, together with commentary on materials and constructional methods.
The main part illustrates with stunning photos the often extraordinary architecture which characterises the farm houses of each region of France.
The third part is a set of technical appendices on techniques and restoration - lime mortars, wattle and daud ("torchis"), etc.
It will help you to recognise and understand the architectural details which are often unique to local climate and function, as you travel around France. For the more serious reader, it will help with the dating of properties through constructional details, like the size and layout of beams, and the materials used.
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While packed with stunning photos showing the styles of farmhouses from all regions of France, the book explains the way in which farmhouses developed, something of the social history of rural France, and the construction and dating of buildings. This book is an absolute must for anyone thinking of buying a house in France.
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Perfect book, perfectly delivered.
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Thomas
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book on French vernacular architecture. 18 Dec. 1998
By Gregg Gannon gfg1013496@AOL.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I've been looking for a project in France...a building project. I looked at houses large and small, farmhouse and maison de ville. I exist on good reference books and needed more fundamentals on french stone houses in general. While in Nimes,France in October, I found a copy of Elsie's (I'm in love with the woman!) book in French. Even though my french is rudimentary, the layout, drawings, photos, and especially details are so well organized and presented in this book, owning it in French is a small barrier. The author has organized her world into three sections: La terre, L'habitat and Les regions. "La terrre" is an historical intro. "L'habitat" covers the subjects of layout, tools, materials, stone construction, framing and roofing details and techniques, furniture and houseculture. "Lesregions" covers typical farmhouses from most regions of France. Adeptly photographed and illustrated this is a worthwhile survey. There are subtle regional details that set them apart more like a papaya to a mango...similar, but totally different. An excellent book and I highly recommended it!I'm searching for a hardcover Engish language edition. Let me know if you find one and hopefully someday the publisher may produce a few new copies.I look at lots of books on building methods and architecture. This is a real smart overview of the subject and I would like to see Elsie's other projects. Elsie "I Love YOU."Gregg
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4.0 out of 5 stars Help me! I'm looking for a copy of this wonderful book. 23 Jan. 2000
By Peter J. Gootos - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I paged through a copy of this book (not for sale) a few months ago and found it to be an outstanding review and analysis of one type of "old world architecture." I was shocked to discover that the book was already out-of-print! Far too many books are written on the more modern forms of architecture; and so few books about older forms of architecture. If you're in the business of architecturally correct restorations or reproductions, this book is it! As an architectural historian, I found this book described nearly every detail of French farmhouse construction and the variations by region. Many details I had never even noticed or considered. I only wish the publisher would print up a few more copies. If I could only find a copy, I'd be in heaven. I'll even accept a used copy. If anyone knows of an available copy (used or new) please contact me at my e-mail address cabateman1@home.com. Thanks
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still Looking for a copy! 15 Nov. 2001
By Pierrego - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I started my search for a copy of this book nearly 3 years ago, and so far no luck. I can't believe the publisher abandoned it so soon after its initial publication. I've tried contacting the publisher via email, phone, regular mail but they won't respond. I've begged and pleaded with them to reprint it, but so far unsuccessful. An acquantance owns an English copy that I made a copy of. After showing it to many architectural coworkers, I made multiple copies from my copy for them; yes, I've even asked for permission to make copies, but still no response. The publisher has no idea how they're missing out! And how the rest of the architectural world is suffering without access to this wonderful book. Can't wait to find a copy. (...)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The French Farmhouse 18 Nov. 2001
By James A. Westall - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I met this book in a collection in a rented house near Cour Cheverny. I have a French Farmhouse about five kilometers from there and am going to do some restoration when I live there. This book is very helpful in showing details of construction in both French and english terms. I also enjoyed identifing the style details in the buildings around the Touraine. The book is very well organized and represents a great amount of work and research. Amazon found me a like new copy at less that new price. A great service.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The French Farmhouse 26 Feb. 2001
By Lawrence Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Excellent book on French vernacular farmhouses. It compares well with several dissertations that I have read on the subject. I too am looking for a copy of this book. French language version will be acceptable as well. The publisher stopped printing this one too quickly. If anyone can help, please let me know. E-mail is mitchelll@nku.edu
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