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Martha's Vineyard Plan Book: Designs for Houses, Porches, Additions, Guesthouses, Sheds, Garages, Barns, Outdoor Showers, and Garden Structures [Paperback]

James S. Weisman


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Book Description

January 1998 0966454103 978-0966454109
Proven, easy to understand, extraordinary construction plans you can't get anywhere else. Our plans describe homes that have been designed and built here on Martha's Vineyard Island. These plans were designed for real projects and, because of this, they are better than 'generic plans' you may find available in most plan books.

Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Marthas Vineyard Plans (January 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966454103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966454109
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 21.3 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,680,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

Are Martha's Vineyard Plans for you? Can these plans be built in other places? The answer is Yes. The traditions of New England architecture have historically been translated and transported to other places in the world wherever wooden residences are built. We have a varied climate here that ranges from the hot, humid, barefoot days of August through the hurricanes of September which bring with them winds in excess of one hundred miles and hour and rain driven horizontally like bullets, testing every flashing. The damp, cold days and nights of December lead to the snow laden subfreezing winter weather of February. Like ships at sea, the homes of the Island are built to withstand the weather, and like those same ships, they can travel to other places where they can shelter you.

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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars There's no other home plan catalog like this April 27 2000
By Donald J. Berg - Published on Amazon.com
This plan catalog is unlike any other you'll find - it's a portfolio of designs that were originally created as custom buildings for architect James Weisman's clients. Unlike "stock" plans, these homes and outbuildings show the care of a good designer who listened to his customers and created unique buildings for their needs. They are also inspirational examples of how contemporary buildings can reflect the traditions of their place. The homes have balconies, lofts, lookouts, great spaces and unusual layouts that seem exciting and efficient at the same time. If you enjoy dreaming about a country home or a vacation getaway, you'll love this book.
27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Martha's Vineyard Plan Book March 28 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I purchased this item expecting to see architectual details for some of the fine Victorian houses in Martha's Vineyard.
Instead, I was very disappointed to find out that it's an architectural firm's catalog listing plans to order.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stands Out Above the Rest March 18 2009
By The Captain's Lady - Published on Amazon.com
Many collections of house plans, some dating to the 1920s, line my bookshelves, but James Weisman's "Martha's Vineyard Plan Book" stands out from all the rest. It is a cut above, not only in the stunning yet simple elegance of the designs, but also in terms of sheer practical usefulness. Weisman's homes, additions, and out-buildings are to be lived in, admired, loved. I originally bought this book with the intention of building a garage for our row house in a Midwestern city. The garage never got built, and my husband and I eventually relocated to a suburb where garages are plentiful (though there are none as lovely as the ones in the "Plan Book"). Now, as we approach retirement, we are thinking of returning to our roots in the Northeast. One option is to build a new home. I have been scouring my plan books, some of which offer hundreds of designs, but something tells me that "Martha's Vineyard Plan Book" is the only collection I am going to really need and use. It is inspirational, buy it!

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