On Time and On Budget: A Home Renovation Survival Guide

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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 sure that he or she draws plans that give you a realistic view of ...

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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.

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385475112
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/1/1997
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 789,247
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Basics 1
Part 1 Design
1. The Hamptons--Laying the Groundwork for a Nightmare Kitchen 11
2. Money Problems 22
3. Solutions to Money Problems 30
4. Time Problems 38
5. Solutions to Time Problems 43
6. Power Problems 48
7. Solutions to Power Problems 50
8. Management Problems 54
9. Solutions to Management Problems 58
10. Quality Problems 63
11. Solutions to Quality Problems 69
12. The Finleys--Planning for a Dream Kitchen 76
Design Checklist 91
Part 2 Contracting
1. The Hamptons--Making a Contract with the Devil 95
2. Money Problems 102
3. Solutions to Money Problems 107
4. Time Problems 113
5. Solutions to Time Problems 115
6. Power Problems 119
7. Solutions to Power Problems 122
8. Management Problems 124
9. Solutions to Management Problems 126
10. Quality Problems 129
11. Solutions to Quality Problems 132
12. The Finleys--Contracting in Everyone's Best Interest 139
Contracting Checklist 148
Part 3 Beginning Construction
1. The Hamptons--Deep Sleep in the Nightmare Kitchen 153
2. Money Problems 166
3. Solutions to Money Problems 172
4. Time Problems 175
5. Solutions to Time Problems 178
6. Power Problems 181
7. Solutions to Power Problems 183
8. Management Problems 185
9. Solutions to Management Problems 188
10. Quality Problems 190
11. Solutions to Quality Problems 192
12. The Finleys--Setting the Machine in Motion 198
Beginning Construction Checklist 206
Part 4 Ending Construction
1. The Hamptons--the Completion of a Nightmare Kitchen 211
2. Money Problems 218
3. Solutions to Money Problems 222
4. Time Problems 224
5. Solutions to Time Problems 228
6. Power Problems 231
7. Solutions to Power Problems 234
8. Management Problems 237
9. Solutions to Management Problems 239
10. Quality Problems 241
11. Solutions to Quality Problems 243
12. The Finleys--the Completion of a Dream Kitchen 245
Ending Construction Checklist 257
Conclusion 259
Appendices 261
Materials
Foundation
Walls
Flooring
Windows
Cabinets
Countertops
Lighting Fixtures
Plumbing Fixtures
Negotiation
Contracts
Communication
Dispute Resolution
Lawsuits
Binding Arbitration
Mediation
Acknowledgments 297
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