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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.
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"Jane Gitlin's wisdom and many nifty photos make up the latest book in Taunton Press' series on traditional American housing."See all Editorial Reviews
My husband and I are preparing to remodel a small Cape cottage in Washington State, where we plan to retire. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Shonne Heustis
Very pleased with the book and received it more quickly than expected.Published 14 months ago by Pamela Vasilik
Loved the variety of upgrades pictured - from minor changes to major overhauls. Beautiful photos and practical ideas. Read morePublished 14 months ago by David Colacicco
Was looking for design ideas to rebuild my shore house after Hurricane Sandy. nice book but did not lend many ideas to my layout because it is setup as a 2 family.Published 19 months ago by Pat in NJ
I am about to buy a cape and thought this book might give me some ideas to consider for renovations in the 5-10 year plan. Read morePublished on September 13, 2012 by Liz D
I love this book! I consider it an in-depth resource for anyone loving the timelessness of the Cape Cod style home. Read morePublished on November 28, 2011 by Linda from Omaha