The 4th Edition of Residential Interior Design Will Be Published in Late Fall 2021

This edition contains many updates and has been reorganized a bit, but the book continues to cover residential design using a room-by-room  approach. Research for this edition included a deep dive into updates in green/sustainable codes, standards, and certification programs as well as environmental product declarations. We also expanded information for students related to carbon and the built environment and attempted to provide an expanded overview of human behavior, culture, and housing.

New content related to utility rooms and workspaces has been added –heavily influenced by the amount of time many people spent working from home during COVID-19 restrictions. Kitchens and bathrooms continue to be a focus, with expanded information provided in those chapters. “Smart” home elements are also covered, along with updated 2021 International Residential Code (IRC) information. 

Working on a new edition requires research to determine what has changed and what has remained consistent over time. My sense is that the basics of space planning have not changed but some details do change and our expectations for residential spaces continues to evolve. Most of us lucky enough to have a home, have spent more time inside during the last year and that will surely change our expectations for residential space moving forward. 

The new cover  design and an example of expanded ergonomic information are shared above and below.

Desk and work surface reach and clearances are included in the new edition (shown above)

Links to purchase information from Wiley and Amazon are below:

2 thoughts on “The 4th Edition of Residential Interior Design Will Be Published in Late Fall 2021

  1. Linda Chatriand November 3, 2021 / 8:37 pm

    Hi. I am paralyzed and using a power chair. Over the years I have scratched and damaged anything in my home from about 16” and below. Is there an interior designer who specializes in dealing with handicap equipment?


    • mittonm January 13, 2022 / 7:49 pm

      Hello Linda,
      I am sorry it took me some time to get back to you, I did not see this question until today. As of this minute I don’t know of a designer or design office that might have this expertise. I need to mull this over and see if I can come up with some specific resources for you.


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