Renovation 4th Edition: Completely Revised and Updated

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When it comes to home renovation, there’s no substitute for 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. R4 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, R4 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.

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Renovation 4th Edition: Completely Revised and Updated

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  1. Lloyd Kahn says:
    49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Best Book Ever on Renovation, December 13, 2012
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    Lloyd Kahn (Bolinas, CA United States) –
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    This review is from: Renovation 4th Edition: Completely Revised and Updated (Hardcover)
    This is a book I wished I’d had when I started building, but it is also one that’s extraordinarily useful to more experienced builders. Mike Litchfield was the original editor of Fine Homebuilding; in 1982 he published the first version of Renovation, and it’s been updated periodically, this being the latest and 4th edition. Popular Science called it “The most comprehensive single volume on renovation ever” — totally true.
    What differentiates this book from others of its ilk is that the author has gathered all this information in the field, interviewing carpenters, electricians, plumbers, and contractors, finding out what’s important, what works, what’s new. These guys love to talk about what they do well, and in this sense, the book is one of collective wisdom. It’s at the same time highly useful to professionals, but also one that’s invaluable for homeowners and people of the fixer-upper persuasion.
    The chapter “Planning Your Renovation” is completely new, reflecting the current interest in smaller projects, spending wisely, and energy efficiency. The chapter on wiring covers code changes, and tells you things like how to fish wire, install wireless switches, or replace old incandescent ceiling lights with energy-efficient LEDs.
    There’s a section on installing IKEA cabinets, tips and instructions on energy retrofits, working with paperless drywall (in wet areas), soundproofing, cutting into a concrete floor, working with PEX plumbing tubing, and installing engineered flooring. I found myself flipping through the book at random, and learning a lot.

    Lloyd Kahn, Editor-in Chief, Shelter Publications

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  2. Venus Miller says:
    40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Book!, October 27, 2012
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    Venus Miller (Berkeley, CA) –

    This review is from: Renovation 4th Edition: Completely Revised and Updated (Hardcover)
    As the general manager of a green building company, I buy a few building books each year for the company library. The books that the crew likes most tend to get pretty dog-eared and if they are really useful, they disappear altogether. I bought two copies of Renovation 3 last year to replace missing copies, so I am happy to see there is now a 4th Edition. It seems fatter and a lot of the photos are new and the electrical and windows chapters are a lot longer. I hope the crew likes it. But not too much

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  3. I. Travel says:
    11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Highly recommended, excellent illustrations, expert advice, January 14, 2015
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    I. Travel (Los Angeles, CA) –

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    This review is from: Renovation 4th Edition: Completely Revised and Updated (Hardcover)
    Excellent guide, saves a ton of time when you have a question about the right way to do something.

    Before getting this book I spent 2 days researching the “right” way to do some electrical work, comparing notes from different websites, reading forum posts about the pros and cons of different approaches. I meticulously derived the best approach and did the electrical work myself.

    After I got the book I flipped to the electrical section to compare it’s recommendation to what I had found from my extensive research. The book cut through all the BS and clearly explained the right way to do it, it would have taken me 5 minutes to find the answer if I had Renovation 4th Edition instead of 2 days reading every recommendation on the internet.

    Highly recommended.

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