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Home Renovation

I put this site up as an addition to my personal homepage, as a way to show my friends and family what we’ve been doing with the house.

It is linked from my homepage and, I think, from my wife’s site. I haven’t submitted the Attic Renovation part of the site to any search engines or directories. Surprised at the amount of traffic it was receiving, I found that it sometimes ranks #1 and #2 in Google for searches on “attic renovation.”

Aware that many of you are here looking for information on renovating your attic, I have decided to use my association to at least be able to lead you in the right direction, and perhaps make a few bucks in the process.

You receive the benefits of, with their proven track record for price and reliability.  It’s a win-win situation, really.

A Hint: Consider a used book. I order used books on all the time. Although I receive no commission from used books sold on, in many cases they will provide you with the best value for your money.

Ken Anderson

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Home Repairs and Improvements 


Home Repairs and Improvements, by Albert Jackson  David Day
Published by Hearst Books. From the folks at Popular Mechanics, this is a guide to start-to-finish home projects, from plans and building permits to materials and the satisfying finished work.  With easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions and more than 400 photographs and illustrations, this book describes dozens of projects around the home, from laying down floors to replacing door frames, installing new windows, mixing and applying plaster, applying wallboard, and sealing cracks in walls. 80 pages. Paperback. Barnes and Noble



Renovating Old Houses, by George Nash
This is a reincarnation of Nash's out-of-print classic, Old House: A Rebuilder's Manual, substantially rewritten and reorganized. The focus is the major defects of old houses: the heaved foundation walls, defunct mechanical systems, rotted structural timbers, damaged roofs, and broken staircases. Nash is both an artful writer and a knowledgeable renovation specialist. He writes with poetic grace about the unique character and hidden beauty of old houses, yet he's remarkably clearheaded and resourceful when dealing with their often maddening irregularities. There isn't a better sourcebook on the larger structural challenges of renovation. 352 pages. Paperback.



Mr. Fix-It Introduces You to Your Home, by Lou Manfredini and Curtis Rist
Published by Ballantine Books. How well do you know your home, or the house you are planning to buy? How does it feel?  Is it sturdy, solid, built to last? Are there things to look for or warning signs to heed? If there’s a drip in the sink or a major leak in the roof, can you repair it on your own?  If not, who should you call and who can you trust?  Lou Manfredini answers these questions and more. 384 pages.