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Bob Vila's complete guide to remodeling your home : everything you need to know about home renovation from the #1 home improvement expert
Author:
Vila, Bob.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Avon Book, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
335 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780380976737
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Book

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Bob Vila, recognized as America''s foremost authority on renovation and of the popular TV series This Old House and Bob Vila''s Home Again, now presents the quintessential book on remodeling your home. Millions count on Bob Vila for reliable, understandable advice and now the wealth of knowledge is at your fingertips to help you increase both the value of your home and your living enjoyment.

Remodeling is all about making the right decisions-from determining what you want and need to hiring and working with the contractors who will help you realize your vision. Bob Vila''s Complete Guide To Remodling Your Home takes you step-by-step through the renovation process from inception to completion, following a logical progression that begins with looking at your house in a new way, inside and out, and making a careful investigation of the existing structure and decorative elements. It guides you through such key issues as design, style, and living space, while minimizing stress and maximizing the use of your remodeling dollar.

Whether you''re considering a major makeover or just remodeling one room, you''ll find the know-how to help you achieve the results you''re looking for. Bob Vila will help you determine remodeling viability, estimate costs, and choose methods that work best for you. Armed with technical tips, trade secrets, and the latest product information-as well as legal advice-you can keep the project on track and within budget as you evaluate contracts with confidence, negotiate terms, and hire the best professionals for the job. In addition to his own vast experience, Bob Vila draws on the skills and know-how of architects, designers, carpenters, and other home-building specialists to present reliable information and practical, real-world advice on managing the entire project from start to finish.

Enhanced by hundreds of drawings, photographs, architectural plans and a glossary of building terms, Bob Vila''s Complete Guide To Remodling Your Home is the one book anyone considering home renovation must have.

Bob Villa, recognized as America''s foremost authority on renovation and of the popular TV series This Old House and Bob Vila''s Home Again, now presents the quintessential book on remodeling your home. Millions count on Bob Vila for reliable, understandable advice and now the wealth of knowledge is at your fingertips to help you increase both the value of your home and your living enjoyment.

Remodeling is all about making the right decisions -- from determining what you want and need to hiring and working with the contractors who will help you realize your vision. Bob Vila''s Complete Guide To Modeling Your Home takes you step-by-step through the renovation process from inception to completion, following a logical progression that begins with looking at your house in a new way, inside and out, and making a careful investigation of the existing structure and decorative elements. It guides you through such key issues as design, style, and living space, while minimizing stress and maximizing the use of your remodeling dollar.

Whether you''re considering a major makeover or just remodeling one room, you''ll find the know-how to help you achieve the results you''re looking for. Bob Villa will help you determine remodeling viability, estimate costs, and chose methods that work best for you. Armed with technical tips, trade secrets, and the latest product information- as well as legal advice -- you can keep the project on track and within budget as you evaluated contracts with confidence, negotiate terms, and hire the best professionals for the job. In addition to his own vast experience, Bob Villa draws on the skills and know-how of architects, designers, carpenters, and other home-building specialists to present reliable information and practical, real-world advice on managing the entire project from start to finish.

Enhanced by hundreds of drawings, photographs, architectural plans and a glossary of building terms.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Vila, the host of PBS home renovation programs, has authored more than a dozen how-to home-improvement books. In his latest, he steps back and observes the remodeling experience from an armchair perspective. Unlike most remodeling texts, which readers use like reference books, jumping section to section according to the day's project, Vila's new guide is intended to be read start to finish by first-time remodelers. It begins with an engaging account of Vila's own recent home renovation in Cambridge, Massachusetts, including the typical decisions and delays. A survey of the various types of U.S. domestic architecture follows, reminding readers of the importance of adding "sensitively" to existing structures. The second half of the book is more practical, with specific criteria for remodelers to use through every step of planning, designing, and implementing a renovation: Which projects offer the best return on investment? (Kitchens and bathrooms.) Will an architect or designer be needed, and if so, how to select a good one? What about contracts? Vila walks the reader through building codes and permits, getting and comparing contractor estimates, arranging for payment through bank loans, and basic lessons in plumbing, roofing, flooring, and the delicate task of working with laborers. Supplemented with ample photos and illustrations, Vila's guide offers readers the mental and verbal tools for nailing a challenging project on the very first try. --James Klise


Library Journal Review

Acknowledging that most renovations are performed for homeowners by professionals, TV host and author Vila explains how informed consumers should approach their project so that it is done properly. He provides a wealth of information on architectural styles (and how to integrate newly remodeled sections with the existing style), evaluating the house, dealing with building professionals, planning, financing, and more. Required reading for anyone considering a home renovation. (LJ 10/1/99) (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.