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Restoring a House in the City: A Guide to Renovating Townhouses, Brownstones, and Row Houses wth Great Style Hardcover – Lay Flat, October 22, 2009

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"A fabulously beautiful book on the eco-friendly practice of restoring townhomes, brownstones and row houses...a wonderful resource on the process of restoration...full of stunning photography of gorgeous homes around the country." --Bridgette Meinhold, Inhabitat.com

"A must for any designer or real-estate junkie!" --Jonathan Adler

"An enticing portfolio of urban houses." --Penelope Green, New York Times

"From squeaky floors to coal-burning fireplaces, Ingrid Abramovitch's primer shows how to reconcile old urban dwellings' quirks with contemporary tastes through architects and designers' tips and nearly 400 color photos." --Sabine Rothman, Traditional Home

"Restoring a House in the City is a marvelous book packed with ideas. It's really charming, with 21 real-life renovations, everything from grand houses to brownstone fixer-uppers. Tips, design guide, glossary: this book will guide you through (a renovation)." --Margaret Russell, NBC TODAY Show

"Restoring a House in the City offers not only inspiration but hands-on practical pointers. Photographs of 21 historic residences, from a 19th-century charmer in Savannah to a minimalist makeover in Philadelphia, are supplemented by resource lists and invaluable advice, such as how to deal with a contractor." --Elle Decor

"This book is worth it for all of the ideas, resources, and wisdom-not to mention great decorating ideas." --Cynthia Kling, Huffington Post

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"Until I get a town house of my own, I can ogle the pages of this book.  It’s a must for any designer or real-estate junkie!"
—Jonathan Adler, designer
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Artisan; 1st edition (October 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579653502
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579653507
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 1 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #544,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an outstanding book, beautifully written and well-researched, with exquisite, visually exciting photographs.The author tells a facinating story about each of the houses and its present owners and seamlessly embeds essential facts about the house's history and its transformation. She also offers extremely useful restoration information for brownstone owners or anyone aspiring to purchase a house in the city. I shared this book with friends and they all fell in love with it, as I did.
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I purchased this book on the advice of a friend who has been restoring a beautiful home in Philadelphia for the past five years, who told me it was hands down the best publication on brownstones and row houses he'd ever seen. And boy was he right! Traversing continents, the book finds some of the most beautiful examples of this architecture and its furnished interiors anywhere, and each is photographed thoroughly, crisply and brightly. But this is no museum piece -- every chapter is overstuffed with helpful background information and valuable tips towards performing your own restorations. I cannot recommend it highly enough. A beautiful volume.
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Being about to engage on a renovation project, I thought Ingrid Abramovich's book would be useful.
It was. The tips sections, by category, the index of resources are good tools. The photography is splendid and the taste in houses as well. This is an excellent book. I wish the costs of the projetcs had been part of the information provided, and that the properties had included a few more buildings renovated by owners for whom money was not really a concern.
Still, I recommend the book to anyone interested in the topic.
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Ms. Abramovitch's book is extremely well crafted with text and photography that go hand in hand. It is not a book composed of previously photogrpahed homes that is pieced together
so the focus of it is clear yet diverse. As a furniture designer i found the interiors additionally of particular interest and an example of what America design should be.
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By John L on September 28, 2009
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This book is a delight throughout - generous with information and beautifully informative photographs. It is definitely the best of its kind on this subject. The author and her team should be congratulated on a superb effort.
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We are considering a move to the Capitol HIll area of Washington D.C., where most houses are built in 1900 or earlier and would require some renovation.

This was pretty much the ONLY book that I could find that gave examples of this type of renovation. I was very impressed with the wide array of houses, and the information in the back that talks about the potential problems for renovating these homes. I could see this book being very useful (along with other restoration books) when and if we actually make the move.
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I have been giving Restoring a House in the City as a gift for many occasions....moving into a new home, invitations to dinner,cheering someone who is bedridden,etc and every recipient has responded enthusiastically. The book works on every level: each house has an intriguing story, the photos are like eye candy, and there is so much to be learned practically. This year will be a cinch at Hannukah and Christmas....I know Ingrid Abramovitch's book will be appreciated!
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