A specific, procedural handbook on how ""you the client can handle client-architect-contractor relations to obtain a building of maximum value at minimum cost."" This then, without any Blandingsesque blandishments, is a tabular presentation of general approaches (Utilitarian, Imitative, Abstract); to buildings and the general effects (physical, psychological) they may exert; of the architect and his choice (or omission); of the contract and fee; of the site chosen; cost estimates, design; plans and how to read them; landscaping; construction and the contractor's bids, etc. Occasionally, in the chapter on taste, Mr. Tuttle has some interesting, subliminal notions; on the whole this is most direct advice only occasionally amplified with dialogues with the Hauswirths and their architect, Mr. Shaper. Meant to apply to any situation and any price range; glossary of terms and convenient chapter summaries. Much less chatty than the Betty Wason book to follow (p. 809).