Staying Put: Remodel Your House to Get the Home You Want

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Home Sweet Remodeled Home. The American dream of owning a home and then buying or building a bigger and better one is no longer a sure thing. Millions of homeowners stymied by the housing market and the economy have embraced remodeling instead. In this timely book, maverick architect-author Duo Dickinson offers hope on how to get the home you want from the house you have. He shares his passion for saving money without sacrificing good design and offers up cost-saving options and smart solutions to make older ...

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Overview

Home Sweet Remodeled Home. The American dream of owning a home and then buying or building a bigger and better one is no longer a sure thing. Millions of homeowners stymied by the housing market and the economy have embraced remodeling instead. In this timely book, maverick architect-author Duo Dickinson offers hope on how to get the home you want from the house you have. He shares his passion for saving money without sacrificing good design and offers up cost-saving options and smart solutions to make older homes better fit today's lifestyles. Dickinson offers guidance on looking before you leap, ways to avoid pitfalls (and money pits), strategies for staying green or going geriatric, and moves you can make so you don't have to move out. Anecdotal "old saws" round out this inspiring how-to, perfect for anyone looking to turn their home today into their dream home tomorrow.

For the millions of housing consumers who are house-bound by economic realities beyond their control, this book offers tangible hope for getting the home you want from the house you have. But even with the best of intentions, residential renovations can create misfits that ruin the character of the existing home and make it more painful to live in. To state the obvious, the nation's housing stock is aging, and you can't just remodel or add on to a Cape or Colonial from the 1950s or '60s and expect it to work for the way you live today. Without the perspective of thoughtful design, a renovated home can actually be more expensive to heat, cool, and maintain than the original home, and with a larger indebtedness and mortgage payment to boot.

This is a book of options and solutions for people who are desperate to transform the houses they live in into homes that fit the way they live and reflect their values.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Staying Put: Remodel Your House to Get the Home You Want "($24, The Taunton Press, 2011) is an everyman's guide to innovative, thoughtful renovations that make the most of what you've got....Whether it's a growing family that needs more space, or an empty-nest couple looking for a "fresh" start, Dickinson has it covered. His passion for visually appealing home improvement, while staying on a budget, results in basic strategies that will allow you to turn the house you have into the house you love.

--Alyssa Lusky"boston.com" (01/20/2012)

"This lengthy first chapter, on its own, makes "Staying Put" an essential resource for every homeowner contemplating a remodel, upside down, house-bound or not. Dickinson puts his years of experience to very effective use, creating decision tools for homeowners to understand the properties of their home and their visions vis-a-vis the most common remodeling disasters, which can involve spiraling costs and unsatisfactory outcomes. He empowers readers to make informed decisions about which projects to take on and whether to remodel at all. And if the dozens and dozens of images in the book are not enough, the companion site stayingput.com offers many more for your inspiration." --Tara-Nicholle Nelson, Inman News

boston.com - Alyssa Lusky
Staying Put: Remodel Your House to Get the Home You Want ($24, The Taunton Press, 2011) is an everyman’s guide to innovative, thoughtful renovations that make the most of what you’ve got....Whether it’s a growing family that needs more space, or an empty-nest couple looking for a “fresh” start, Dickinson has it covered. His passion for visually appealing home improvement, while staying on a budget, results in basic strategies that will allow you to turn the house you have into the house you love.
Library Journal
Architect Dickinson (House on a Budget: Making Smart Choices To Build the Home You Want) shares information on remodeling or adding on to an older home to bring it up-to-date for today's lifestyles. Close to 50 projects for which Dickinson was the architect are shown with nearly 350 photographs, including before-and-after views of the homes and floor plans. Many projects focus on porches and entries, but there are also kitchens, bedrooms, baths, living rooms, and home offices. Throughout, Dickinson provides an abundance of information about what to consider during every phase of the process (e.g., zoning, costs, builders). This volume will give home owners a realistic view of a remodel or addition.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600853647
  • Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/15/2011
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 719,225
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Architect DUO DICKINSON truly knows the ins and outs of home remodeling. Recognized as a maverick within the profession he's spent 30 years trying to reform, Duo is a successful author of six books on residential design, including "The House You Build." "The New York Times "captured his design philosophy as: "Design it small, make it as beautiful as possible, and practice every trick in the book to keep it as cheap as possible."

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Table of Contents

Part 1 - Our Situation: Housebound in America

Part 2 - Knowing Where You Are
Part 3 - “Strategeries” – Getting Your Mindset Set Once you’re in for the ride, here are the ways you may want to roll – the deep background perspectives you’ll need to consider up front
Part 4 - The Moves You Can Make So That You Don’t Have To Move
Part 5 - The Rules: An anecdotal listing of the “old saws” of renovation that can be applied to just about any home.

Resources
Index
 

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