Restoring Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners
ISBN: 0884484904
EAN13: 9780884484905
Language: English
Pages: 720
Dimensions: 2.00" H x 10.00" L x 9.00" W
Weight: 5.00 lbs.
Format: Hardcover

Restoring Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners

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Book Overview
Although there are other books about renovating old houses, this is the first that prioritizes the identification and preservation of the historic, character-defining features of a house as a starting point in the process. That is the purpose of this book: to describe and illustrate a best-practices approach for updating historic homes for modern life in ways that do not attempt to turn an old house into a new one. The book also suggests many ways to save money in the process, without settling for cheap or inappropriate solutions. Scott Hanson is a historic-building preservation professional and has 40 years' experience rehabilitating historic houses. He has illustrated this authoritative book with hundreds of step-by-step photos, illustrations, charts, and decision-making guides. Interspersed throughout are photo essays of 13 restored historic houses representing a range of periods and architectural styles: Italianate, Victorian, Queen Anne, Federal, Colonial, Colonial Revival, Greek Revival, Ranch, Adobe, Craftsman, Shingle, and Rustic. With interior and exterior photography by David Clough, these multi-page features show what can be achieved when a historic home is renovated with a desire to preserve or restore as much historic character as possible.
Editor Reviews
From the Back Cover Advance Praise for RESTORING YOUR HISTORIC HOUSE: Restoring Your Historic House covers a wide range of projects and house styles, delivering specific and useful information while explaining the why-to along with the how-to.--PATRICIA POORE, editor-in-chief and former owner, Old-House Journal Using hundreds of photos and illustrations and actual project examples, Scott Hanson shares his professional expertise on ways you can update a historic house while respecting its characteristic architectural features--the very details that attracted you to the house in the first place.--GORDON H. BOCK, architectural historian, educator, and co-author of The Vintage House (www.vintagehousebook.com) Restoring Your Historic House is an impressive and comprehensive guide for all those who consider it a pleasure and a privilege to own and preserve a beautiful survivor from the past and to pass it onward to the next generation for enjoyment and shelter.--GEORGE O. SIEKKINEN, JR., former Senior Architect, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Washington, DC