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On Time and on Budget: A Home Renovation Survival Guide
     

On Time and on Budget: A Home Renovation Survival Guide

by John Rusk
 

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In On Time and on Budget, New York City contractor John Rusk combines his extensive knowledge of the how architects and contractors work with revolutionary win/win negotiation principles to produce a readable, entertaining and totally useful guide that no homeowner should be without.

He shows readers how to:

  • Find the right architect, and make

Overview

In On Time and on Budget, New York City contractor John Rusk combines his extensive knowledge of the how architects and contractors work with revolutionary win/win negotiation principles to produce a readable, entertaining and totally useful guide that no homeowner should be without.

He shows readers how to:

  • Find the right architect, and make sure that he or she draws plans that give you a realistic view of the finished product.
  • Negotiate with contractors and set up a fair payment schedule that will keep them working until the project is finished.
  • Create an effective "punchlist" so you get what you paid for.
  • Avoid paying for costly change orders and still make sure you get a beautiful renovation, on time and on budget.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Once you've redone the house itself, Quick & Easy Garden Design Projects can help you perk up the immediate surroundings. Pergolas, ponds, statuary, foliage and outdoor furnishings are among the elements of outdoor design given attention, along with container gardens and bedding plants, by Faith and Geoffrey Whiten in this solid, introductory volume. (BBC/Parkwest, $24.95 160p ISBN 0-563-36714-8; June)
Library Journal
With humor and insight, renovator and mediator Rusk guides the reader through the process of home renovation using vignettes from two projects. Both are set up as "projects from hell," where the homeowner is ill informed, the contractor opportunistic, and the result less than desirable. Through his thorough negotiation techniques, employed at every step of the renovation process, Rusk shows the way to a successful project and identifies the major problems in a renovation-money, time, power, management, and quality-and their effective resolution. He takes each project through mediation to a successful conclusion, but the terror and suspense are sufficiently maintained to be truthful and interesting. Appendixes discuss building materials for various projects and sample language for contracts and mediation. Recommended.-Alexander Hartmann, INFOPHILE, Williamsport, Pa.
Mike Tribby
Because New York building contractor Rusk became a student in the Harvard Law School program on negotiation, the world has gained an author uniquely qualified to help would-be home remodelers and builders communicate with professionals in the field. Providing specific guidelines for each phase of a project, Rusk explains the pros and cons of material and construction options for floors, foundations, and walls and discusses value versus cost in easy-to-read style. In fictional "Nightmare Kitchen" and "Dream Kitchen" stories, he applies negotiation principles to realistic settings, keeping us engaged with developing plots. Reading the book may help prevent much of the frustration that has become a routine part of home remodeling, because while most laymen know they need help with construction, many fail to realize that success depends on communication and conflict resolution skills, too. A very good candidate for public library business collections.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385475013
Publisher:
The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/01/1996
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.83(w) x 8.55(h) x 1.14(d)

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