It has always seemed to me that what you see from inside a house is far more important than how the house looks from the outside. The only exception to that rule is when you have an outside area in which you sit a lot and gaze back at the house. Otherwise, the rest of it is all for show, and if that's where your ego sits, have at it. For me, I'd much rather profit from what I can see when I am actually in and using my home.
That said, I have not seen a good book that approaches home design from this literal perspective.
An item on CBS Sunday Morning today about architect John LAUTNER came close in touching on the point of his designs.