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The "bible" of home renovators for over 25 years, "Renovation" has now been completely revised and updated with all new color photography.

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Overview

The "bible" of home renovators for over 25 years, "Renovation" has now been completely revised and updated with all new color photography.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
" The most comprehensive single volume on home renovation ever."
—"Popular Science
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" 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." —This Old House
" A classic inthe first edition, a masterpiece in the second, this work is the last word in renovation— Litchfield is cited again and again by other authors in the field, and rightly so— and the new edition will serve to introduce a new crop of renovators to the art....If you are renovating a house or only thinking of it, this is the place to start."
—"Library Journal"
" Simply the best book we've seen on the subject." —"Toronto Sun"
Library Journal
Home renovation is a major project not for the faint of heart, and this thorough guidebook can help you do it. Litchfield (Encyclopedia of Home Improvement) has thoroughly revised the 1990 second edition and given it a fresh, new look. The layout and organization appear more professional, the text has been tightly edited to make it more fluent, and the photographs and illustrations have been updated. Most important, however, the book's coverage remains complete, from basement to roof and all systems in between. Now in its more accessible format, this definitive guide on the subject is highly recommended for all collections. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Billed as an update of the 1991 second edition, this edition is prepared by the same editors and follows the earlier format. A classic in the first edition, a masterpiece in the second, this work is the last word in renovationLitchfield is cited again and again by other authors in this field, and rightly soand the new edition will serve to introduce a whole new crop of renovators to the art. In nearly 600 pages of text, accompanied by 1000 illustrations, all systems used in the home are covered in detail, and with sensitivity for a nontechnical reader. If you are renovating a home or even thinking about it, this is the place to start. Essential, but only for libraries that don't already own either edition.Alexander Hartmann, INFOPHILE, Williamsport, Pa.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561585885
  • Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/6/2005
  • Edition description: 3rd Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 729,809
  • Product dimensions: 8.61 (w) x 11.26 (h) x 1.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Litchfield has been renovating houses or writing about them for more than 40 years. During that time he has been a founding editor of Fine Homebuilding magazine, the author of 12 acclaimed books on home design and renovation, and editor of a CNET/Yahoo! Gold Star home improvement site. He is also a certified green building professional.

Michael McAlister is a licensed electrician, C-10 Electrical Contractor, and B General Building Contractor in California and is currently Division Manager-San Francisco for Sprig Electric. He has worked in a design/build capacity in single-family residential, multi-family high density residential, commercial TI, biotech, high-tech, manufacturing, and alternative energy. He lives with his wife and two sons in San Francisco.

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Table of Contents

Inspecting a House
Planning
Tools
      Building Materials
      Roofs
Doors, Windows & Skylights
Exteriors
Structural Carpentry
Masonry
Foundations & Concrete
Electrical Wiring
Plumbing
Kitchens & Baths
Energy Conservation & Air Quality
Finish Surfaces
Tiling
Finish Carpentry
Painting
Wallpapering
Flooring

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  • Anonymous

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    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!'

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