Taunton's new "Updating Classic America" series offers something for nearly every reader with its coverage of renovation, remodeling, and new construction of America's most popular traditional housing styles. In these latest additions, Gitlin and Schoenherr, architects with considerable residential design experience, offer a wealth of information on Cape Cod and Colonial style homes, each including more than 20 examples; the projects range from simple remodeling jobs to major renovations of existing homes or complete new construction. These architectural styles are so well known that no explanation is needed, so readers' interest will be a function of which style they personally prefer. Both titles offer a history of the style, numerous project narratives, profuse colorful photographs, and a wealth of floor plans (many with "before and after" views). Whether one actually owns a home in these styles, is looking for ideas, or is simply browsing, either title is excellent for public libraries. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Architect Matthew Schoenherr, AIA, has 25 years' experience in the residential design and the construction industries. He is principal in the firm Z: Architecture, which has completed more than 200 additions, renovations, and new homes. He is the author of Taunton Press' book Updating Classic America: Colonials. Matthew lives on the Connecticut shore with his wife and three sons.
Linda Mason Hunter is a freelance writer who has written for numerous magazines including Better Homes & Gardens, Home, Fine Homebuilding, Historic Preservation, Family Circle, and Country Living. She is the author of The Healthy Home and Southwest Style. She lives in Des Moines, Iowa.
Wendy Jordan is senior contributing editor of Professional Remodeler and former editor of Remodeling. She is the author of The Kidspace Idea Book and Taunton's New Kidspace Idea Book. She lives in Washington, D.C.