SENSE OF PLACE
Architect Gil Schafer says that successful houses celebrate the small moments of life—they are imbued with memory and anchored in a sense of place. The design or remodeling is successful if the people who live there fully embrace it as home. In his new book, Schafer shares essentials: reading the landscape, incorporating memory, balancing formality and simplicity. Then he presents seven homes in depth, including an apartment with a view of Central Park, a hillside cottage in Northern California, an updated 1930s Connecticut Colonial, a new Adirondacks camp, and his own house in Maine. Photos and text emphasize place, style, scale, and materials. Schafer even covers “the spaces in between”—mudrooms, closets, and laundry rooms—explaining their value. A Place to Call Home (Rizzoli, October 2017, $55).