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The Kidspace Idea Book: An Idea Book for the Whole Family (Taunton Home Idea Books) Hardcover – May 15, 2001

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These books are aimed at anyone interested in designing children's bedrooms and kid-friendly houses. Jordan considers every room of the home when discussing children's needs, including bathrooms, storage rooms, and outdoor and indoor play areas, and also shows how to incorporate children's activities into the family room and kitchen. She also presents a larger range of bedrooms for children from babies to teenagers than is found in Jemima Mills's From a House to a Home (LJ 1/01). L vy considers all aspects of designing a child's bedroom, including lighting, furniture, floor and wall coverings, and window treatments. This book's strength is the large number of color photographs depicting designer-created rooms, accompanied by a discussion of how the child's needs and desires have been incorporated into the design. Projects are interspersed throughout, but illustrations are not included. A list of resources is provided in both books. The Kidspace Idea Book is recommended for its overall treatment of decorating for children, with Kids' Rooms as a well-illustrated companion if needed.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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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Product Details

  • Series: Taunton Home Idea Books
  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press (May 26, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561583529
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561583522
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.7 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,026,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More 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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Format: Hardcover
This book's title is just what it offers inside ---lots of ideas to create spaces kids will love. However, I was expecting to find ideas I could implement right away - like making our mudroom more functional for kids, etc... but the book isn't really geared towards that. If you are building a new home or would consider renovating one, you'll find tons of ideas (and beautiful color photos, not sketches) for everything from attic spaces, bathrooms, hideaways, playrooms, special activity rooms, homework centers, family rooms, kitchens, outdoor playspaces and more. Also, since most rooms/lofts/furniture appeared to be custom built, there's very little info on where to buy or how to make them.
Bottom line - you'll find wonderful ideas and inspiration - but not detailed plans. This isn't an easy "rearrange-the-room-in-a-day-to-make-your-home-more-kid-friendly" project book, nor is it one you can follow if you're on a tight budget. But it's a "must-have" for renovations and custom built homes.
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By A Customer on July 19, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is geared more towards people building a new, custom house or remodeling, which is not what I expected. I was looking for decorating ideas without tearing down walls. In addition, it gives you a glimpse of the room and leaves the rest up to the imagination. The book assumes you're working with an architect and interior decorator and they'll take care of the details. It is packed with amazing kids room and has sparked ideas of my own for my decorating his playroom.
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Format: Paperback
This book is packed with wonderful ideas for kid-friendly rooms, and includes lots of large, colorful photographs. "Idea Book" is an appropriate title - no instructions are given. However, unless you are a professional builder or architect, or are willing to refinance your mortgage to pay for a professional, most of these ideas will remain ideas. Some of the painting ideas and color schemes could be useful for someone who is on a budget and is looking for a change.
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Format: Paperback
This book has many creative ideas. But, they are mostly ideas that would require major remodeling, would be impossible, or would only be helpful when designing your blue prints. There are decorating ideas, but overall, this book is geared more toward the architect. An example is an in-the-wall loft, and another is a split level bedroom. Also, the rooms are rarely your average square bedroom but instead have very creative floor plans. SO- the book is creative and attractive, but not very useful.
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By A Customer on May 6, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Finally someone has come up with a home design and improvement book that is practical and helpful for modern families with kids. It offers great tips and instructions on how to convert your living space (kitchen, bedroom,etc...) into a space that can be enjoyed by both kids and adults. The pictures and layout make it so easy to read and actually use for some real home improvement for the whole family.
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Format: Paperback
I was hoping to find ideas to help us in renovating our son's room. Unfortunately, most ideas in this book would require a tremendous amount of capital investment and certainly are out of reach for many people.

However, we were able to grasp some ideas which we'll try to tailor down to our middle class standards.
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