Design: The Atrium Way

The blueprint is as old as the hills, and the ancient hills of Rome at that. But the atrium house is fast becoming the newest thing in suburban housing, and nearly as popular as it was when Romulus was little more than a babe.

The theory is simpler than rolling off a logarithm: set a small square within a larger one and, instead of living in the middle with a garden all around, live all around and put the garden in the middle. It is a natural solution to the problem of how to...

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