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Capes: Design Ideas for Renovating, Remodeling, and Build (Updating Classic America) Hardcover – March 17, 2003
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Within the architectural syntax of the American homestead, the Cape Cod house stands as one of our most durable and prolific symbols, writes Gitlin, an architect and a Cape-owner herself. With its "simple one-and-a-half story form" and its steeply pitched roof, often capped with a few dormers, the Cape has long been accepted as a fundamental unit of middle-class comfort and modesty, especially since its proliferation in the decades following World War II. This volume, the latest in the Updating Classic America series, illustrates the many ways in which the basic Cape form has been modified and embellished over the years. "Like a dish of vanilla ice cream," Gitlin writes, "a Cape gracefully accepts just about any flavor you might want to add." In a series of nuts and bolts profiles of successful renovations, Gitlin walks the reader through hidden gardens and storage rooms, along swooping rooflines and angular hallways, always with a competent, conversational tone. Authoritative without being coercive, helpful without nagging, this is a graceful, enlightening handbook for the home redecorator.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"Jane Gitlin's wisdom and many nifty photos make up the latest book in Taunton Press' series on traditional American housing."
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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.