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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press; 3rd ed. edition (September 6, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561585882
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561585885
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.6 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #302,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" The most comprehensive single volume on home renovation ever."
--"Popular Science
"
" This is, hands down, the very BEST home renovation book I've ever read. And as former editor of This Old House Magazine (2001 to 2004) I've seen em all. Author Mike Litchfield (founding editor of Fine Homebuilding magazine) has written about 7 books on home renovation and this third edition of " Renovation" (completely updated from earlier versions) has got to be his masterwork. Whether you're a homeowner who can't bang a nail or a professional tradesman, you'll learn a lot from this book. " Renovation" covers the entire home renovation process, from inspecting an old house before you buy it to the hundreds of steps and decisions you'll encounter in the renovation process. Litchfield clearly knows what he's talking about. He writes in a down-to-earth conversational style that's comprehensive, practical and easy to understand. He also has a sharp wit and a dry sense of humor that makes this book, not only useful, but great fun to read. Excellent drawings and photos show you just the information you need, and the book is liberally sprinkled with pro-tips and insights that will save you time, money and heartache-guaranteed. Case histories of real renovation jobs with first-hand accounts of what worked and what didn't give you the benefit of other people's experience. Renovating an old house is a big, messy, expensive, emotional process, but one of the most satisfying projects you can tackle in life. If you're even thinking about taking the plunge, there's no better roadmap to follow than Mike Litchfield's book." --This Old House
" A classic inthe first edition, a masterpiece in the second, this work is the last word in renovation-- Litchfield is cited again and again by other authors in the field, and rightly so-- and the new edition will serve to introduce a new crop of renovators to the art....If you are renovating a house or only thinking of it, this is the place to start."
--"Library Journal"
" Simply the best book we've seen on the subject." --"Toronto Sun"

Review

" The most comprehensive single volume on home renovation ever."
--"Popular Science
"
" This is, hands down, the very BEST home renovation book I've ever read. And as former editor of This Old House Magazine (2001 to 2004) I've seen em all. Author Mike Litchfield (founding editor of Fine Homebuilding magazine) has written about 7 books on home renovation and this third edition of " Renovation" (completely updated from earlier versions) has got to be his masterwork. Whether you're a homeowner who can't bang a nail or a professional tradesman, you'll learn a lot from this book. " Renovation" covers the entire home renovation process, from inspecting an old house before you buy it to the hundreds of steps and decisions you'll encounter in the renovation process. Litchfield clearly knows what he's talking about. He writes in a down-to-earth conversational style that's comprehensive, practical and easy to understand. He also has a sharp wit and a dry sense of humor that makes this book, not only useful, but great fun to read. Excellent drawings and photos show you just the information you need, and the book is liberally sprinkled with pro-tips and insights that will save you time, money and heartache-guaranteed. Case histories of real renovation jobs with first-hand accounts of what worked and what didn't give you the benefit of other people's experience. Renovating an old house is a big, messy, expensive, emotional process, but one of the most satisfying projects you can tackle in life. If you're even thinking about taking the plunge, there's no better roadmap to follow than Mike Litchfield's book." --This Old House
" A classic inthe first edition, a masterpiece in the second, this work is the last word in renovation-- Litchfield is cited again and again by other authors in the field, and rightly so-- and the new edition will serve to introduce a new crop of renovators to the art....If you are renovating a house or only thinking of it, this is the place to start."
--"Library Journal"
" Simply the best book we've seen on the subject." --"Toronto Sun"
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

In the course of writing twelve books on home renovation and launching Fine Homebuilding magazine, I have visited hundreds of job sites across North America. On every site, I've learned something useful and met builders who, though busy, were willing to explain what they were doing, answer my questions, and allow me to photograph them at work.

If you are renovating a house, you will find this first-hand, field-tested information very helpful. It is specific, often ingenious and as complete as I could make it. My most recent book--Renovation 4th Edition--is 600+ pages long, covers remodeling from planning to finish surfaces and its 1,000 photos were gleaned from 40,000 taken over the years. It's also very readable.

Armed with the wisdom of hundreds of seasoned builders, you can tackle your next renovation project with confidence. As the old saying goes, "Many hands make work light."

Customer Reviews

I think this is a good book for reference.
S. Waye
Each chapter gives you a good foundation in that area, which will help you get more out of other DIY references and web forums when you have further questions.
Mjollnir
The explanations and instructions are very clear and easy to follow.
Morley Dotes

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By C. VanDoren on January 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I rehab 100 year old houses for a living. I do it all from elctrical to plumbing, heating systems, etc. Since I am a jack of all trades, I am a master of none, and when I need to do something for the first time, I reach for this book. Jacking up a foundation? Custom stair stringers? Learned it here.

I also keep it on the job site as a reference. How high should the showerhead be? Where should the kitchen supply lines and drain be? It is all here. Would by another copy immediately when this one gets lost or damaged (which it will).
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By David S. on December 4, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is, hands down, the very BEST home renovation book I've ever read. And as former editor of This Old House Magazine (2001 to 2004) I've seen `em all.

Author Mike Litchfield (founding editor of Fine Homebuilding magazine) has written about 7 books on home renovation and this third edition of "Renovation" (completely updated from earlier versions) has got to be his masterwork. Whether you're a homeowner who can't bang a nail or a professional tradesman, you'll learn a lot from this book.

"Renovation" covers the entire home renovation process, from inspecting an old house before you buy it to the hundreds of steps and decisions you'll encounter in the renovation process.

Litchfield clearly knows what he's talking about. He writes in a down-to-earth conversational style that's comprehensive, practical and easy to understand. He also has a sharp wit and a dry sense of humor that makes this book, not only useful, but great fun to read. Excellent drawings and photos show you just the information you need, and the book is liberally sprinkled with pro-tips and insights that will save you time, money and heartache-guaranteed. Case histories of real renovation jobs with first-hand accounts of what worked and what didn't give you the benefit of other people's experience.

Renovating an old house is a big, messy, expensive, emotional process, but one of the most satisfying projects you can tackle in life. If you're even thinking about taking the plunge, there's no better roadmap to follow than Mike Litchfield's book.

David Sloan
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By R. Ballantyne on December 7, 2007
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Only buy this book as an overview of what you are going to have to do. If you need specifics you'll need more books.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. Waye on April 21, 2009
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I think this is a good book for reference. We are doing a major home renovation on the inside and out. We have hired a company to complete the outside and we are trying to do the inside on our own. Since we are dealing with contractors ourselves, I have found this book helpful for reference so I at least know what the specifications should be and can talk with some confidence to the contractor. It especially helped with reference to the insulation. Where it is lacking though is on all the new green technology. We are putting in low voltage (12v) lighting, geothermal, water recycling, insulated roof panels, heat energy recovery (ERV) system and there isn't much in reference to that. They should really release another edition soon to cover all of this because it is happening at an incredible pace. There isn't very much out there as far as reference for green technology and I live in an area where it is rather new to most contractors. Sometimes you have to become your own expert.
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Now in a entirely revised and completely updated third edition, Renovation continues to be a superbly organized and presented one-stop guide for every aspect of any building renovation or restoration project. Author Michael Litchfield draws upon his more than thirty years of experience and expertise to show how to do electrical wiring, plumbing, finish carpentry, tiling, painting, and wallpapering and many more tasks to improve home aesthetics, functionality, and property values. Color photographs and black-and-white diagrams on almost every page illustrate the extensive instructions. A professional-quality, in-depth resource fully accessible to lay readers, and a "must-have" for anyone considering some serious home improvement elbow grease.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By C. Finley on July 21, 2007
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Updated to 4 Stars **** My first review was too harsh. The book is an excellent resource but not always a breath of inspiration. It is not about old house renovation and thus my comparison to the Nash book was unfair. ****** This book is to the George Nash book as a primary reader is to intermediate reading. Useful basic information about tools and materials but lets read Time-Life Books How-To Series for that. When it comes to the nitty gritty of dealing with the tough stuff (foundations, basemants, blueboard, plaster, etc.) it just stops short of the mark. If this book is really new information to you then call a contractor to do the work because you are in way over your head. Might be useful as a vocabulary builder when working with a contractor or subcontractor but as a DIY guide just not quite brown on both sides.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gene Marsh on April 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Even though many of us who are in the trades know a lot, we don't do everythig all the time, maybe have never even done a particular job. This is where Renovation 3 comes in. This book could possibly save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars or hours of wasted time by helping to avoid a costly mistake.
The pictures and descriptions are clear and easy to understand, with many helpful tips. No matter how long you have worked with tools there is plenty you can gain by having this book. I am a retired general contractor who now works for Habitat for Humanity.
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