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Capes: Design Ideas for Renovating, Remodeling, and Build (Updating Classic America) Hardcover – March 17, 2003
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Wait...a colonial isn't a cape, you say! No, the title is Updating..., and sometimes the solution to a lack of space is to expand upward. A few of the houses in the book are expanded into full two-stories; some retain the look of a cape through clever use of gables and dormers, while others are completely transformed.
But there are plenty of examples of remodels that preserve or even improve the sense of "historic old cape" within the universal House shape. (Yes, the triangle-atop-a-rectangle is how children of almost every culture draw a house.) As a remodeler, I fold over the corners of pages that will be of particular value to me for future reference. Generally, I'll have ten or so such corners in a useful book. In my copy of this book, about half of them are folded.
Once you've made structural changes to your cape, you can use this book for the decorating process. It covers the various historical periods of the cape and shows how those styles can be adapted to one's own home.
This is a great picture book, and you don't really need to read any of the text to enjoy the photos in here--but the book is well-written and informative, too. All around, a wonderful book for would-be/will-be remodelers and Coffee Table Book aficionados alike.
I appreciated that we were able to view some of the pages before purchase. I had an idea what I was getting, and certainly was not disappointed. The book exceeded my expectations.
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My husband and I are preparing to remodel a small Cape cottage in Washington State, where we plan to retire. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Shonne Heustis
Very pleased with the book and received it more quickly than expected.Published 23 months ago by Pamela Vasilik
Loved the variety of upgrades pictured - from minor changes to major overhauls. Beautiful photos and practical ideas. Read morePublished on July 21, 2014 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 on March 14, 2014 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