Updating Classic America Capes: Design Ideas for Renovating, Remodeling, and Building New (Updating Classic America Series)

Updating Classic America Capes: Design Ideas for Renovating, Remodeling, and Building New (Updating Classic America Series)

by Jane Gitlin Nishball, Jane Gltlin
     
 

Featuring over 20 case studies of updated Cape Cod homes and Capes built from scratch, this book is generously illustrated with inspiring original color photos and before-and-after floor plans. 395 photos, 280 in color.See more details below

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Featuring over 20 case studies of updated Cape Cod homes and Capes built from scratch, this book is generously illustrated with inspiring original color photos and before-and-after floor plans. 395 photos, 280 in color.

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From the Publisher
"Jane Gitlin's wisdom and many nifty photos make up the latest book in Taunton Press' series on traditional American housing."
Publishers Weekly
Within the architectural syntax of the American homestead, the Cape Cod house stands as one of our most durable and prolific symbols, writes Gitlin, an architect and a Cape-owner herself. With its "simple one-and-a-half story form" and its steeply pitched roof, often capped with a few dormers, the Cape has long been accepted as a fundamental unit of middle-class comfort and modesty, especially since its proliferation in the decades following World War II. This volume, the latest in the Updating Classic America series, illustrates the many ways in which the basic Cape form has been modified and embellished over the years. "Like a dish of vanilla ice cream," Gitlin writes, "a Cape gracefully accepts just about any flavor you might want to add." In a series of nuts and bolts profiles of successful renovations, Gitlin walks the reader through hidden gardens and storage rooms, along swooping rooflines and angular hallways, always with a competent, conversational tone. Authoritative without being coercive, helpful without nagging, this is a graceful, enlightening handbook for the home redecorator. (Mar.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781561584369
Publisher:
Taunton Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/05/2003
Series:
Updating Classic America Series
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
597,855
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 11.17(h) x 0.91(d)

Meet the Author

Jane Gitlin is an architect who specializes in residential design. She is also the author of Capes (The Taunton Press, 2003) and coauthor of Deck & Patio Idea Book (The Taunton Press, 2003) and Family Home Idea Book (The Taunton Press, 2003). She lives in Fairfield, CT.

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