- Product # 071382
- Type Hardcover
- ISBN 978-1-60085-492-7
- Published Date 2012
- Dimensions 8 1/2 x 10 7/8
- Pages 624
- Photos 700
- Drawings 250
"There's little this tome, basically a how-to manual, doesn't cover: Planning renovations, roofing, energy conservation, window and door installation. Copious illustrations and step-by-step photos complement the clear prose."
- The Vancouver Sun
When it comes to home renovation, there’s no substitute for hands-on experience.
Renovation 4th Edition contains the collective wisdom of hundreds of contractors, architects and tradespeople who shared their first-hand experience with Mike Litchfield as he interviewed and photographed them on job sites across North America.
As a founding editor of Fine Homebuilding magazine, the author of 12 acclaimed books, and a home renovator himself, Litchfield was able to record lifetimes of practical, field-tested solutions and trade secrets from the cream of the crop--the pros that other pros admire.
Both first-time renovators and professionals who want to supplement their knowledge of specific trades will find Renovation 4th Edition invaluable. Renovation 4th covers every stage of home remodeling from start to finish, from assessing for purchase and planning a job; doors, windows and skylights; framing and foundations; plumbing and wiring--with an expanded section on energy conservation, weatherizing and insulating--and so on to drywall, tiling, interior trim, painting and finish flooring. It is the most complete single volume on home renovation available anywhere.
This new edition of Renovation 4th reflects the new realities of planning carefully, spending wisely, maximizing space and building durably. Its 614 pages contain extensively revised chapters on planning; doors, windows and skylights; electrical wiring; and energy conservation. Its illustrations are crisp and informative. And its 1000+ photos were selected from more than 40,000 that the author has taken over the years.
This classic work covers renovation from start to finish surfaces. Best of all, Renovation 4th is written in a down-to-earth conversational style that is clear and easy to understand. Litchfield has a sharp wit and a dry sense of humor that makes this book not only useful, but great fun to read. Get your copy today.
About the Author
Michael Litchfield has been renovating homes or writing about them for more than 40 years. During that time he has been a founding editor of Fine Homebuilding magazine, the author of 12 acclaimed books on home design and renovation, and editor of a CNET/Yahoo! Gold Star home improvement site. The Library Journal named Litchfield's recent book, Inlaws, Outlaws and Granny Flats, One of the 10 Best Design Books for 2011.
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- Table of Contents
Chapter 1 : READING A HOUSE
CHAPTER 2: PLANNING YOUR RENOVATION
A Home for the Long Run
Clarifying Your Goals
Documenting What’s There
Getting Help with Your Renovation
Developing a Renovation Plan, and Getting It Drawn
Making the Most of Your Renovation
Creating Lasting Value: Three Case Histories
CHAPTER 3: TOOLS
Tools to Own
Tools to Rent
CHAPTER 4: BUILDING MATERIALS
Framing with Steel
Structural and Nonstructural Panels
Adhesives, Caulks, and Sealants
CHAPTER 5: ROOFS
Roof Safety and Equipment
Preparing to Install a New Roof
A Medley of Roofing Types
CHAPTER 6: DOORS, WINDOWS, AND SKYLIGHTS
Ordering Doors: An Overview
Installing an Interior Door
Installing an Exterior Door
Installing French Doors
Weatherstripping Door Frames
Keeping the Weather Away: A Primer on Flashing
Refurbishing Old Double-Hung Windows
Installing a Skylight
CHAPTER 7: EXTERIORS
CHAPTER 8: STRUCTURAL CARPENTRY
Reinforcing and Repairing the Structure
CHAPTER 9: MASONRY
Terms, Tools, and Tips
Working with Brick
CHAPTER 10: FOUNDATIONS AND CONCRETE
Jacking and Shoring
Minor Repairs and Upgrades
Replacing a Shallow Foundation
Damp Basement Solutions
CHAPTER 11: ELECTRICAL WIRING
Electricity in Your Home
Planning an Electrical Remodel
Tools and Materials
Portfolio of Wiring Schematics
CHAPTER 12: PLUMBING
An Overview of Plumbing Systems
Copper Water-Supply Pipe
PEX Supply Pipes
Galvanized Steel Pipe
Roughing-in DWV Pipes
Roughing-in Supply Pipes
Replacing a Water Heater
Installing a Tankless Water Heater
CHAPTER 13: KITCHENS AND BATHS
A Personal Take on IKEA Cabinets
Countertops for Kitchens and Baths
CHAPTER 14: ENERGY CONSERVATION AND AIR QUALITY
A Nine-Step Energy Retrofit
Getting an Energy Audit
Increasing Controlled Ventilation
Controlling Moisture and Mold
Choosing Insulation Wisely
CHAPTER 15: FINISH SURFACES
CHAPTER 16: TILING
Getting Ready to Tile
Installing Setting Beds
Tile Estimation and Layout
Tiling a Floor
CHAPTER 17: FINISH CARPENTRY
Casing a Door
Casing a Window
Baseboard and Crown Molding
CHAPTER 18: PAINTING
Essential Prep Work
Tools and Equipment
Painting the Interior
Stripping and Refinishing Interior Trim and Wood Paneling
Painting the Exterior
CHAPTER 19: WALLPAPERING
Laying Out the Work
Basic Papering Techniques
Complex and Special-Care Areas
CHAPTER 20: FLOORING
Refinishing Wood Floors
Installing Strip Flooring
“Floating” an Engineered Wood Floor
GLOSSARY OF BUILDING TERMS
I have been writing or revising this book through four decades. I started the first edition in 1978, when Jimmy Carter was president and most computers were the size of closets. After gutting and rebuilding Renovation in 2005, I was sure the third edition would stand forever, but the upheaval in housing in the last decade convinced me otherwise. More than ever, we need to plan carefully, spend wisely, and build durably. So this fourth edition has been revised to help builders and homeowners add value, maximize space and functionality, conserve resources, and create comfortable homes that can accommodate the inevitable changes that life brings.
As in earlier editions, Renovation draws on innumerable conversations with carpenters, electricians, engineers, plumbers, painters, masons, architects, and other building professionals. All told, the photos in this book were drawn from roughly 30,000 taken over the years, mostly on job sites across North America.
That last point—“on job sites”—is what distinguishes this book from others in the field, and it’s what should prove most useful to you when you’re in the thick of a renovation.Renovation tells you which sawblade to use, the size and spacing of nails, when to tear out and when to make do, and how to lay out and prep a job so it goes smoothly. Because this book contains thousands of tips and techniques from contractors who had schedules and budgets to meet, it also will save you time and money. In other words, the methods in this book are field-tested. Supported by lifetimes of practical experience, you can proceed confidently.
This book is as much concerned with what and why as it is with how. Thus, for every topic—from foundations to finish flooring—you’ll find the tools and materials you’ll need, the problems you may encounter, and workable solutions to see you through. Because the information in each chapter follows the sequence of an actual renovation, you’ll know what to anticipate at every stage. Equally important, Renovation’s often-ingenious solutions will help you deal with the unexpected situations that are a part of every renovation.
How to Use This Book
Read the opening remarks in a chapter before reading up on specific tasks. That is, the information in each chapter tends to be cumulative. The first few paragraphs often introduce important terms and concepts. Thereafter, you’ll find tools and techniques presented more or less chronologically, in the order you’d need them in a renovation.
Although new terms are defined early in each chapter and later in context, you may come across terms whose definitions you skipped earlier. If you need a definition, consult the glossary or the index.
An in-depth review of tools and materials is beyond the scope of this book. If you want more information on either, consider browsing the Internet. Although I do mention specific brand names and occasional Internet addresses, consider them reference points for research and not product endorsements. Most of the brand names are those I encountered on job sites or were praised by a builder whose opinions I value.
Maybe it’s always been so, but research has become a big part of renovation. So supplement your reading and Internet searches by talking to neighbors, local contractors, and building-material suppliers. Experience is always the best teacher—even if it’s someone else’s experience. A friend or neighbor who’s been through a renovation may be able to recommend reliable builders and suppliers and may also be a calm voice when you need one most. So go to it. As Aristotle once said (though not to me directly), “Courage is first among human virtues, for without it, we’re unlikely to practice many of the others.”
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- BUY THIS BOOK!!! Review by Ann
This book is an absolute must-have for any DIY'er. I've already saved many times the purchase price in plumber's charges when I had a major plumbing issue. I was able to repair a drain line that snapped off at the wall with one trip to the hardware store and in less than one day! The wealth of information, the photo sequences, and tips and tricks of the trade are invaluable. If you have one book on your shelf for home repair and renovation, it should be this one.
(Posted on 4/24/13)
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