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More Period Details : The House Renovator's Bible Hardcover – August 10, 1999

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Over the last decade, there's been a resurgence of interest in restoring period homes in keeping with their original character. As a result, it's now easier than ever for period homeowners to acquire the right antique period pieces or buy high-quality reproductions for their home. But what are the right pieces for your particular home? Judith Miller's book More Period Details aims to help homeowners understand which details match their home's original style.

The book spans architectural and decorative styles from Medieval to Edwardian, covering such popular periods as Georgian, Victorian, and Arts and Crafts. Miller explains the inspiration, history, and materials behind each look, using rich, clear color photographs to illustrate. There are photos of entire rooms decorated in each style, as well as photos of the detail work familiar to each period, to give readers an understanding of each distinctive look. Also covered in depth are each period's home exterior details, doors, windows, floors, fireplaces, kitchen and bath fixtures, lighting, and more. A helpful directory at the end of the book lists manufacturers and artisans who can help restore or reproduce the pieces featured in the book.

More Period Details is an authoritative, practical reference for homeowners wanting to refurbish and decorate their homes in keeping with its original look. Even those who don't own a period home may be inspired to incorporate some of the gorgeous details shown--such as wooden crown moldings, cast-iron bathtubs, and marble flooring--into their homes.--Kris Law

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Restoring a home is a gratifying and pleasurable experience, especially when the renovations maintain the original character of the building. Whether you long for a traditional marble fireplace or solid brass doorknobs, colorful stained glass for the front door or tiles for the hallway, installing these original features will bring character to your home and add thousands of dollars to its value.

In More Period Details, best-selling author Judith Miller guides you through every type of interior fixture and fitting, from large elements such as doors, windows, and stairs to small details such as locks, hinges, and grates. Exterior details, such as front doors and porches, are also featured. The book focuses on both town and country homes from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries, with the greatest emphasis on the styles and dwellings from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, including American Colonial, Victorian, Art Deco, and Georgian. Miller offers advice on how to date a house; how to buy and restore original items; and how to identify which interior and exterior features should be replaced or added. And with the growing number of quality reproductions available, period details are not limited to rare, expensive antique pieces.

With more than 800 full-color examples of original and reproduction period fixtures and fittings, plus a comprehensive directory of manufacturers and craftsmen, More Period Details is an essential purchase for anyone planning to restore or renovate a period property.

This completely new book by Judith Miller, author of the classic best-seller Period Details, will enable you to successfully restore or renovate a house using details that match the building's original design. With 800 color photographs of original and reproduction pieces, More Period Details is an authoritative, practical guide to re-creating an authentic period look in your home.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; 1st American ed edition (August 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609604104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609604106
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 10.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,753,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Judith Miller began collecting in the 1960s while a student at Edinburgh University in Scotland. She has since extended and reinforced her knowledge of antiques and design through international research, becoming one of the world's leading experts in the field. In 1979 she co-founded the international bestseller Miller's Antiques Price Guide and has since written more than 100 books, which are held in high regard by collectors and dealers. Judith Miller appears regularly on TV and radio. She is an expert on the BBC's "Antiques Roadshow" and co-hosts the popular BBC TV series "The House Detectives," "ITV's "Antiques Trail," and Discovery's "It's Your Bid." She has appeared on "The Martha Stewart Show" and CNN. She is a regular lecturer and contributor to numerous newspapers and magazines, including Financial Times, BBC Homes & Antiques and House & Garden. She has lectured extensively, including at the V&A in London and the Smithsonian in Washington.

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Craig Cigas on October 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
As an artist's or architectural reference, I found this book to be extremely useful. The illustrations are clear and show many variations on this style.
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This volume covers architectural details. In contrast to Ms. Miller's interior decorating book entitled, PERIOD DESIGN and FURNISHING, this book deals with exteriors and architecturally -related interior details. Ms. Miller offers, in a scholarly researched way, the authentic architectural changes needed to recreate whichever stylistic approach you want.
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