Creating a New Old House:
Yesterday's Character for Today's Home

By Russell Versaci, AIA
Photographs by Erik Kvalsvik
Taunton Press/American Institute of Architects 2003

Russell Versaci's first book, Creating a New Old House, quickly became a classic and is now used in traditional architecture firms as a best practices bible. In this book Russell outlines his approach to designing a new house that looks and feels old, using a set of principles he calls the Eight Pillars of Traditional Design. He illustrates these principles with eighteen homes designed in regional American styles by today's best new old house architects. Creating a New Old House shows how new traditional homes give fresh treatment to historic styles with amenities to suit the way we live today.