Affordable Remodel: How to Get Custom Results on Any Budget

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Call him cheap, but Fernando Pages Ruiz enjoys luxury remodeling that doesn't pull at the purse strings. Now he shares his hard-won secrets, revealing the full range of money-saving options available to homeowners today. Many of these techniques and materials the author developed remodeling his own properties over the past 30 years. Others he got by interviewing top remodeling contractors around the country. With the power of insider knowledge, readers too can achieve the home of their dreams without busting ...

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Overview

Call him cheap, but Fernando Pages Ruiz enjoys luxury remodeling that doesn't pull at the purse strings. Now he shares his hard-won secrets, revealing the full range of money-saving options available to homeowners today. Many of these techniques and materials the author developed remodeling his own properties over the past 30 years. Others he got by interviewing top remodeling contractors around the country. With the power of insider knowledge, readers too can achieve the home of their dreams without busting their budget. Ruiz simplifies the frustrating complexities of remodeling and points out the sometimes obvious, often hidden, but always effective ways to cut costs.

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This very practical book by Fernando Pages Ruiz shows all kinds of upgrades, from using a little paint to brighten an entrance way to converting a two-car garage into living space. There are lessons in everything: different kinds of stucco, ways to build a skylight, insulation, cabinet overhauls, crown molding and much more. "—Newsday" (New York)
Fernando Pages Ruiz believes high style shouldn't be limited to those with high incomes. His book "Affordable Remodel "helps homeowners add upgrades without breaking their budgets. Ruiz, a builder and remodeler for more than 30 years, targets his book toward do-it-yourselfers with more desire than dollars. He offers guidance on such topics as budgeting, space planning, construction basics and making affordable choices, and he provides ideas for high-end-looking improvements that can be made on the cheap well, relatively so. —Mary Beth Breckenridge, "The Beacon Journal" (Akron)
Getting into debt in order to remodel your home might not be the ideal way to do it. If money is the only obstacle between you and your new kitchen cabinets, take a look at Fernando Pages Ruiz's "Affordable Remodel: How to Get Custom Results on Any Budget," This detailed guide covers a range of home-remodeling techniques from selecting fixtures to reconfiguring a bath and gives tips on how to maximize quality on a modest budget. Photos, floor plans, illustrations and charts lend support to the suggestions and help homeowners visualize the possibilities. "—Orlando Sentinel"
Library Journal

Ruiz (Building an Affordable House) shares his 30 years of building and remodeling experience, showing how to renovate a house cost effectively. Using before, during, and after photographs; floor plans; and detailed drawings, he discusses planning and work involved in upgrading electrical and plumbing systems, replacing doors and windows, and updating every room of the home, including the exterior, with particular emphasis on bathrooms and kitchens. The thoroughness of Ruiz's information will allow the amateur to decide when to do the actual work and when to hire a professional, where to spend money and where to save. Highly recommended for all public libraries.


—Gayle A. Williamson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561588466
  • Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/2/2007
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 782,844
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 10.89 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Biography

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Fernando Pagés Ruiz immigrated to the United States in 1970 and became a US citizen in 1984. Over a 30-carear in construction, he has become a dedicated proponent of building innovation in low cost housing. Pagés Ruiz speaks, writes and consults internationally on how to build high-quality, affordable and energy-efficient homes. A builder with 30 years of experience and an expert on how to cut costs and keep quality when building or remodeling, Pagés is the author of two books published by the Taunton Press: Building an Affordable House: A high-value, low-cost approach to building (2005) and Affordable Remodel: How to get custom results on any budget (2007). As a builder, his projects have numerous award, including the 2008 "Green Building Single Family House of the Year" and the 2007 "Workforce Housing Award" from the National Association of Home Builders. In 2006, the Department of Housing and Urban Development's PATH project chose him to build America's first PATH Concept Home, a home that is affordable to purchase and to maintain and while meeting the criteria of LEED for Homes, ENERGY STAR, MASCO Environments for Living, and the NAHB's Green Building certifications.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1) Strategic Planning
2) Blueprint to Affordability
3) Getting Dirty
4) Systems Tailoring
5) Openings: Windows and Doors
6) The Interior Canvas
7) Affordable Kitchens and Baths
8) The Exterior Canvas
Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2008

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    I needed some ideas for turning a small unused room into a guest room/office. Affordable Remodel gave me some practical inspiration for maximizing space in an oddly shaped room in a pre-war Manhattan apartment. Clearly illustrated - helped so much with the project! Thanks!

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