Sunday, February 11, 2007

Remodeling your new home (book excerpt)

Lessons learned: We made some mistakes because we didn't have enough information. Some things we couldn't afford then. A friend wanted to remodel not long after she moved into her new house. (She'd had to wrestle with her builder because she was building in a development from the developer's plan; she wanted to make some changes. Some of the changes she wanted she just didn't get.) She is not alone in this discovery. We plan to add the dividers in the Great Hall and shoe molding, put in new floors (still haven't decided whether to go for wood or sheet vinyl--non-wax), upgrade the kitchen countertops, ... Though retro-fitting isn't something you really want to do, some people plan their changes and additions when they first build. A deck can be added later. One couple that I read about in Home Plan Ideas (a Better Homes & Garden special interest publication) plans to add a wet bar. Its location has easy access to existing plumbing.

Excerpt from Building a Cool House for Hot Times without Scorching the Pocketbook [#6 on Barnes & Noble.com Books - Architecture, Domestic->Amateurs' manuals ]

Available at:  Barnes & Noble.com - Books: Building a Cool House for Hot Times Without Scorching the Pocketbook, by Joy V. Smith, Paperback  Also available at amazon.com, ... 

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