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Making Room: Finding Space in Unexpected Places Paperback – January 9, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press (January 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561588024
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561588022
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #936,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Wendy A. Jordan a former vice president of Hanley-Wood and founding editor of Remodeling magazine, Jordan runs her own editorial business in Washington, D.C.,and serves as senior contributing editor of Professional Remodeler magazine. Her remodeling journalism has garnered many awards, including four Jesse H. Neal Editorial Achievement Awards, two Neal Award Certificates, and a special Editorial Excellence Award from the chairman of the NAHB Remodelors' Council.


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Wendy A. Jordan a former vice president of Hanley-Wood and founding editor of Remodeling magazine, Jordan runs her own editorial business in Washington, D.C.,and serves as senior contributing editor of Professional Remodeler magazine. Her remodeling journalism has garnered many awards, including four Jesse H. Neal Editorial Achievement Awards, two Neal Award Certificates, and a special Editorial Excellence Award from the chairman of the NAHB Remodelors' Council.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on March 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
It took me about five minutes of looking quickly through this book to realize that I needed to take the book home and to carry it around the house looking at things in an entirely different way than I'd ever seen it before. I've been wondering about storage space for some time. This book points out that there is room for about twice as much as I have if I would just look at some of the areas of the house in a different way.

Just some of the ideas:

Stairs: Make the treads to flip-up lids to access the box underneath, or insert drawers underneath. Page 17

Dorway: The space over the door can be converted to a small bookshelf of antique display area. Page 56

Under/Over Kitchen Cabinets: Build a drawer into the toe-kick area under the cabinets for storage of thin things like serving dishes, or all kinds of things can be put into the space above the cabinets.

This is a great idea book of how you can probably double your storage area.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
In "Making Room: Finding Space In Unexpected Places", author Wendy Jordan draws upon her more than twenty years of experience in the remodeling industry to help apartment dwellers and homeowners to create new areas of `liveability' within their existing residence without the necessity of major remodeling. Profusely illustrated throughout, "Making Room" features more than one hundred creative, do-it-yourself ways to make the living space within a home bigger and better without adding on or tearing down walls. More than forty case studies illustrate dozens of ideas highlighting transformation that are `small in scale but big in impact'. From converting the toe-kick under kitchen cabinets into perfect storage areas for serving dishes; to the use of hooks, shelves, and slim cabinetry to enhance the usefulness of a closet, to building a draw into a stair and thereby creating a jumbo-size storage area for bulky items, "Making Room" offers a highly recommended wealth of practical ideas and recommendations for interior design and remodeling that are easy to do and enduringly useful.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Chandler on January 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
Brought this book to Friday lunch at our Design-Build company. Passed it around the table and everybody had different favorite great idea's they wanted us all to check out. I like the way the material is organized great idea's, a couple different versions, suggestions for ways to "Make it your own"

A permanent addition to our design library. If you are building or remodeling there are good ideas to be had in this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By F. Riotte on July 12, 2007
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For about 5 years, my adult and single son has complained about the inefficiency of his kitchen. Since he is an excellent cook, the kitchen is a hub in his historic but small home. When I sent him this book, he found immediate adaptability to his situation and the thinking process began. As a package design specialist, he decided to draw up plans and "repackage" his kitchen. One space saver that really caught his eye was the concept of building drawers in the steps up to the second floor.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary A. Swaty on May 31, 2010
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Plenty of good ideas here. I especially like the inclusion of drawings and plans for hard to visualize items. Loved the dog bed niche and the stair drawers; unluckily I have neither dog nor stairway. This book showed me that my house has more storage than most of its size, I just haven't been using it to best advantage.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lisa B. Schliff on July 16, 2007
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This was a wonderful pictorial book with all kinds of useful ideas for small spaces. The photos were colorful and clear, the text explaining them was informative and brief enough to keep interest and keep the pages turning.
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