" uses an aerial black-and-white shot of a '60s-style tract neighborhood.
Older houses often share the small-yard dilemma with tract houses
. As their owners remodel them by raising the roof a story or two and pushing out walls as far as municipal codes allow, little space is left over for outdoor living, play, or planting.
Susan's setting in New York's East Village is just about as far as you can fly from the tract houses
Low price was part of the promise when the original stampede on subdivision tract houses
occurred after World War II.
Unfortunately, this important zone of social and architectural transition is often missing, especially in older developer-built and tract houses
. In such cases, creating an entry can be as simple as adding a vestibule, or can be achieved as part of a larger remodeling project.
Seven essays examine historical aspects of the Bay Region tradition in house design, including the shingle-style contributions of Bernard Maybeck and Ernest Coxhead, and the Eichler tract houses
of the 1950s and '60s.
Two goals among buyers of these older tract houses
are an informal family living area and a roomier master bedroom retreat.
While not the most commonly used material in the West, brick was the material for many Northwest tract houses
built in the 1930s and '40s.
Architect Bouje Bernkopf of Woodland Hills faced a challenge familiar to anyone remodeling tract houses
: to alter a badly sited, unimaginatively designed house so it would be much more pleasant to live in and more energy-efficient.