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Make It Right: Expert Advice on Home Renovations Paperback – May 24, 2011
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Mike Holmes is the star of the popular HGTV program Holmes on Homes program, where, in every episode, he and his trusty renovation crew fix renovation disasters. Mike has more than two decades of construction experience and was schooled by his father, a master plumber, in all aspects of construction and renovation. With a passion for doing things the right way the first time and a deep-seated respect for construction professionals, Mike has worked on hundreds of home and commercial renovation projects, earning a reputation for outstanding craftsmanship and a willingness to stand behind his work.
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The unique value of this book however, is the wisdom he shares after encountering so many different situations and finding solutions to them. It is unbelievably difficult to find some solutions to renovation problems. Most books simply talk about simple, standard situations, not the difficult ones. His discussion of basement refinishing for a living space is absolutely priceless. I wonder whether this advice is anywhere else in print.
The truly amazing thing, however, is that a book as valuable as this, printed on sturdy glossy paper stock and thoroughly illustrated, is 14 bucks.
I read the other reviews from others complaining about how often his face was in the book. I thought they were just hating bit...but seriously, wow.
Of the info written, which is sparse, there is absolutely no walk through step by step anything...he seriously goes out of his way to say over and over and over "call a professional."
I guess he's trying to get his company and contractor buddies more cash. Very sad, I had hoped such a cool guy on TV would pass in some of his know how to the public (Nope).
If you want to buy a book that includes various methods for contacting professionals to obtain quotes for work at you actually could do yourself of the author had bothered to include the info, then this is the book for you.
If you're lookin to actually, well, learn something? I'd suggest re watching this show or just looking (almost anywhere) somewhere else....
Learn as much as you can about home renovation before you hire a contractor (this is not a DIY book, but it informs DIY somewhat).
Interview and follow up on references of many more than three contractors to get the right one, note the difference between design, design-build and build.
Get a permit whenever required, and make sure you meet with the inspector at all required meetings, and follow the rules. This gives you minimum acceptable quality and you may want to exceed this quality, which you can with numerous examples from this book.
Use the best materials and methods for the job, of which this book has many useful suggestions. Mike (helpfully) ranks the suitability of alternative materials for various jobs.
Seek out and expect quality, which includes good finishes, the right underlayment, and long lasting low-maintenance renovations.
I cannot say how "green" Mike Holmes is. His book did not strike me as pro- or anti- or pseudo / washed- green. Though, the integrity of this author seems strong.