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

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Cape Cod homes are a perennial favorite among small and growing families, and they can often benefit from being brought up-to-date. Capes is a combination of practical, attractive designs and proven ideas for renovating, remodeling, or building a Cape Cod-style home. Featuring over 20 case studies of updated homes and Capes built from scratch, the book is illustrated with inspiring original color photographs and before-and-after floor plans.

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Overview

Cape Cod homes are a perennial favorite among small and growing families, and they can often benefit from being brought up-to-date. Capes is a combination of practical, attractive designs and proven ideas for renovating, remodeling, or building a Cape Cod-style home. Featuring over 20 case studies of updated homes and Capes built from scratch, the book is illustrated with inspiring original color photographs and before-and-after floor plans.

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Editorial Reviews

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: 2/5/2003
  • Series: Updating Classic America Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 626,663
  • 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2004

    Great Books

    This series of books (4) is excellent. I have all four Updating classic America series. I would reccomend anyone to atleast read these. Great pictures, descriptions, and ideas.

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