A new book breaks down timeless design into 10 essential tenets. The three architects who collaborated on Patterns of Home, The Ten Essentials of Enduring Design identify the elements that make houses comfortable, beautiful, and dynamic.

According to Max Jacobson, Murray Silverstein, and Barbara Winslow, those 10 essentials are:

* inhabiting the site

* creating rooms, outside and in

* a sheltering roof

* capturing light

* parts in proportion

* flow throughout the rooms

* private edges, common core

* refuge and outlook

* places in between

* composing with materials

The book contains more than 400 color photos of 33 houses around the country that epitomize these 10 residential patterns.

For more information on Patterns of Home, visit www.taunton.com.