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Colonial Style: Creating Classic Interiors in Your Cape, Colonial, or Saltbox Home
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Colonial Style: Creating Classic Interiors in Your Cape, Colonial, or Saltbox Home

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by Treena Crochet
 
California Cape Cods and 21st-century Colonials proclaim the enduring popularity of colonial architecture. Colonial Style provides both inspiration and practical advice to homeowners looking to increase their home's livability while retaining its classic charm. The book explains the differences between three styles - Colonial, Cape Cod, and Saltbox - and chapters

Overview

California Cape Cods and 21st-century Colonials proclaim the enduring popularity of colonial architecture. Colonial Style provides both inspiration and practical advice to homeowners looking to increase their home's livability while retaining its classic charm. The book explains the differences between three styles - Colonial, Cape Cod, and Saltbox - and chapters cover doors and windows, trim work, built-ins, floor and wall treatments, paint colors, and incorporating today's kitchens and baths into a timeless colonial interior.

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Publishers Weekly
Nostalgia for a past that "was simpler, somehow better" has led to the enduring popularity of Colonial-style architecture and decor, writes Crochet (Designer's Guide to Furniture Styles). While new Colonial-style houses are being built across the country, older homes are being restored to their past glory. Focusing on three house styles from the 17th and 18th centuries-Colonial, Cape Cod and Saltbox-Crochet shows readers how such homes can retain historically accurate features while accommodating modern needs. Without being too much of a purist (she advocates knocking down interior walls if a house feels claustrophobic), Crochet stresses the importance of creating a unified look: she's particularly keen on concealing televisions, microwaves and sinks by adapting period pieces of furniture to house them. While restoration buffs will relish the book's details on such things as quirk bead molding, gunstock corner posts and strap hinges, those seeking to bring some history to a newer home will find hints on incorporating salvaged floorboards or recreating authentic-looking plaster walls and wood paneling. Although the book is generally helpful and looks beautiful, it's marred by poor editing: some writing is sloppy, and repetitions abound (must we be repeatedly told, for instance, that decorative molding was more ornate in public rooms than in kitchens and servants' quarters?). Still, Crochet's enthusiasm for her subject is evident, and her vast knowledge will please historically minded homeowners. (Feb.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Crochet (Designer's Guide to Furniture Styles) presents a handbook for renovating or expanding traditional Colonial homes with a sensitivity to their original design. She begins by explaining the characteristics that define each style, discussing interior components like woodwork, walls, ceilings, and floors. Sidebars provide additional details on the original workmanship and the redesign choices made by the current inhabitants. Contemporary color photographs of renovated homes illuminate the points made and illustrate color, furnishings, and decorative details. Crochet never goes into the specifics about the construction, focusing instead on the innovative solutions-e.g., adding a bathroom under a staircase-that have been executed to incorporate the amenities of modern living. Purchase where there is interest. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781561586226
Publisher:
Taunton Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/15/2004
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.73(d)

Meet the Author

This book is for homeowners who appreciate the historic character of their old house, whether Colonial, Cape Cod, or Saltbox style. The numerous examples are from actual homeowners who updated their 17th or 18th century homes with a sense of the past without sacrificing modern amenities or luxuries. It is meant to inspire homeowners to learn about the inherent qualities of these older homes while making it loveable and liveable for themselves in the 21st century.

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Colonial Style: Creating Classic Interiors in Your Cape, Colonial, or Saltbox Home 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When remodeling, this book is an invaluable resource for determining what details make a house the 'style' you wish to achieve. Whether you have an older home to renovate or a new home being built that you want to look period correct.
Nan58 More than 1 year ago
We have an old 1795 home that we had completly restored 19 years ago but now are ready to go back and do some upgrading. We found this book had some wonderful ideas and the book got both my husband and I thinking of some different things to do with our old home. The pictures are great!!!