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Posted December 5, 2005
Best Renovation Book I've Read!
This is, hands down, the very BEST home renovation book I¿ve ever read. And as former editor of This Old House Magazine (2001 to 2004) I¿ve seen `em all. Author Mike Litchfield (founding editor of Fine Homebuilding magazine) has written about 7 books on home renovation and this third edition of ¿Renovation¿ (completely updated from earlier versions) has got to be his masterwork. Whether you¿re a homeowner who can¿t bang a nail or a professional tradesman, you¿ll learn a lot from this book. ¿Renovation¿ covers the entire home renovation process, from inspecting an old house before you buy it to the hundreds of steps and decisions you¿ll encounter in the renovation process. Litchfield clearly knows what he¿s talking about. He writes in a down-to-earth conversational style that¿s comprehensive, practical and easy to understand. He also has a sharp wit and a dry sense of humor that makes this book, not only useful, but great fun to read. Excellent drawings and photos show you just the information you need, and the book is liberally sprinkled with pro-tips and insights that will save you time, money and heartache¿ guaranteed. Case histories of real renovation jobs with first-hand accounts of what worked and what didn¿t give you the benefit of other people¿s experience. Renovating an old house is a big, messy, expensive, emotional process, but one of the most satisfying projects you can tackle in life. If you¿re even thinking about taking the plunge, there¿s no better roadmap to follow than Mike Litchfield¿s book.
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Posted July 10, 2014
Posted October 25, 2005
I can Do It Myself!
Loving Wife and I began renovations on our old house when it was our new house, and Michael Litchfield's Renovation was always there with authoritative advice on money- and time-saving methods and materials. Now we're building a three-room addition, and the third edition is a big surprise: tools and materials have changed a lot in the intervening years, and Renovation 3 is helping us do a better job, faster and easier. Litchfield has a gift for using pictures of work in progress to give you the feel of doing the job yourself, and that relieves a lot of anxiety when facing intimidating projects. Highly recommended for everyone, from renters who want to be able to trouble-shoot minor emergencies to owner-builders who want to improve their properties. As Loving Wife says: 'Everything that I have needed to do, from cladding the front of the house with field stone to replacing the rain- gutters, was fully described. I can Do It Myself!'Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 5, 2009
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