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Remodeling has always been one of the cornerstones of the homebuilding industry. With the recent collapse of the housing market, more and more homeowners are realising that if they want a better house, their best option is to remodel the one they live in rather than buy or build new. In this most timely remodeling book, maverick architect-author Duo Dickenson, whose architecture practice has never been busier, explains how to renovate in place to get the home you want. How do you avoid these pitfalls and still take a home that is binding (and often beginning to fall apart) into a state that allows it to accommodate the needs of your family in an economy that doesn't allow you to buy/sell/trade your way up and out? Knowledge is the great facilitator of hope. This is a book of options and solutions for people who are desperate to transform the houses they live in into homes that fit the way they live and reflect their values.
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An iconoclastic maverick within the profession he's spent 30 years trying to reform, Duo Dickinson is an architect in Madison, Connecticut. He is the author of six books on residential design and his design philosophy has been pithily summarised in The New York Times as: Design it small, make it as beautiful as possible, and practice every trick in the book to keep it as cheap as possible.
<p>Duo Dickinson is not only a talented architect and author, but also an irrepressible spirit who isn't afraid to tweak the whiskers of the king or call a spade a spade. This book is not only about a subject that is extremely timely, given the state of both the housing market and the economy, but also an absolute delight to read. How many books do you know that can give you multiple and frequent full-throttle belly laughs while delivering basic and simple advice about how to make friends with, and even come to love, the house that until recently you'd imagined you'd be moving up from sometime in the not-too-distant future? Duo's latest opus does just that. I loved every page of this fact-filled, practical book. It's worth your time to read, even if you're not planning to remodel any time soon. But my guess is that by the time you're finished, you may be closer to a remodeling than you thought.<br>--SARAH SUSANKA, FAIA--architect and author of Not So Big Remodeling, and The Not So B
Staying Put: Remodel Your House to Get the Home You Want ($24, The Taunton Press, 2011) is an everyman's guide to innovative, thoughtful renovations that make the most of what you've got....Whether it's a growing family that needs more space, or an empty-nest couple looking for a fresh start, Dickinson has it covered. His passion for visually appealing home improvement, while staying on a budget, results in basic strategies that will allow you to turn the house you have into the house you love.<br> <br><br>--Alyssa Lusky boston.com (01/20/2012)