Restoring online Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for 2021 Homeowners online sale

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How to accommodate contemporary life in a historic house.

This book does not repeat basic information that is readily available in many standard DIY books about carpentry, wiring, and plumbing. Rather, it shows how to adapt those DIY skills to the specialized needs of a historic house.

Although there are other books about renovating old houses, this is the first that prioritizes the identification and preservation of the historic, character-defining features of a house as a starting point in the process. That is the purpose of this book: to describe and illustrate a best-practices approach for updating historic homes for modern life in ways that do not attempt to turn an old house into a new one. The book also suggests many ways to save money in the process, without settling for cheap or inappropriate solutions.

Scott Hanson is a historic-building preservation professional and has 40 years’ experience rehabilitating historic houses. He has illustrated this authoritative book with hundreds of step-by-step photos, illustrations, charts, and decision-making guides. Interspersed throughout are photo essays of 13 restored historic houses representing a range of periods and architectural styles: Italianate, Victorian, Queen Anne, Federal, Colonial, Colonial Revival, Greek Revival, Ranch, Adobe, Craftsman, Shingle, and Rustic. With interior and exterior photography by David Clough, these multi-page features show what can be achieved when a historic home is renovated with a desire to preserve or restore as much historic character as possible.

Before and After B&W and Color Photography Throughout

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"“Comprehensive” is the operative word for this weighty 712-page volume, as its content spans homes from the early 17th century to the mid-20th century, and covers the technology and trades from the base of the foundation to the peak of the roof. In the introduction, the author notes that unlike other books on home renovations, this book prioritizes the identification and preservation of character-defining features. Its purpose: “To describe and illustrate a best-practices approach for updating historic homes for modern life in ways that do not turn old houses into new ones.”...Not only is the content thorough, but the book is well-produced, packed with hundreds of instructive color photos on its 9.25x10.25 matte-coated pages. This book will reward any historic house homeowner, tradesperson, advocate, or enthusiast with the theoretical and practical insights of a pro."
Newburyport Preservation Trust Quarterly News

"Saving such character-defining features as windows and rooflines, mouldings and woodwork should be a given, even as we renovate for energy efficiency, comfort and modern life. This book (Restoring Your Historic House) is part Vintage Houses by Hewitt and Block, part McAlester''s Field Guide, and several parts early Old-House Journal, with a credible amount of true grit in the mix. A lot of information goes into 712 pages!"
Old-House Journal

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How to accommodate contemporary life in a historic house

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Advance Praise for RESTORING YOUR HISTORIC HOUSE:

Restoring Your Historic House covers a wide range of projects and house styles, delivering specific and useful information while explaining the why-to along with the how-to.”―PATRICIA POORE, editor-in-chief and former owner, Old-House Journal

“Using hundreds of photos and illustrations and actual project examples, Scott Hanson shares his professional expertise on ways you can update a historic house while respecting its characteristic architectural features―the very details that attracted you to the house in the first place.”―GORDON H. BOCK, architectural historian, educator, and co-author of The Vintage House (www.vintagehousebook.com)

"Restoring Your Historic House is an impressive and comprehensive guide for all those who consider it a pleasure and a privilege to own and preserve a beautiful survivor from the past and to pass it onward to the next generation for enjoyment and shelter.”―GEORGE O. SIEKKINEN, JR., former Senior Architect, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Washington, DC

About the Author

SCOTT T. HANSON (Topsham, ME) has thought deeply about the renovation of historic homes in his 40 years as a designer, carpenter, municipal historic district regulator, historic preservation consultant, and architectural historian. His own 15-year renovation of a historic house, doing the vast majority of the work himself, has allowed him to put his ideas to the test and to learn from his mistakes while accumulating the library of how-to photos that illustrates this book. Scott is Director of Preservation Consulting Services with Sutherland Conservation & Consulting and has researched and written numerous National Register nominations and Maine Historic Building Record documentation projects. He is the co-author of Homes Down East: Classic Maine Coastal Cottages and Town Houses.

David Clough is a lifelong lover of photography with a special passion for photographing structures of historical significance. His work has been published in Japan and the U.S. He lives in Rockland, Maine.

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Homer
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Inaccessible for people with limited vision
Reviewed in the United States on December 29, 2019
I bought and quickly returned the kindle edition. It is, in fact, not in accessible format - the kindle edition is simply a pdf of the book. As a person with limited vision, I buy Kindle books because they can be enlarged (and reformatted) on my iPad. I could enlarge this... See more
I bought and quickly returned the kindle edition. It is, in fact, not in accessible format - the kindle edition is simply a pdf of the book. As a person with limited vision, I buy Kindle books because they can be enlarged (and reformatted) on my iPad. I could enlarge this to read it, but it would mean scrolling back and forth to read each line, and enlarging every page separately,. The technology exists to make it accessible, yet the publisher has chosen not to do so. Very pissed off about this.
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Valuable + comprehensive restoration manual
Reviewed in the United States on January 24, 2021
This book is not for sissies! This is an extremely comprehensive reference for restoring a historic home from foundation to finish. If you want something to teach you what goes into restoring a historic home from top to bottom, that is honest about all the... See more
This book is not for sissies! This is an extremely comprehensive reference for restoring a historic home from foundation to finish.

If you want something to teach you what goes into restoring a historic home from top to bottom, that is honest about all the pitfalls, expenses, and joys of fixing up a classic home, this is for you.

If you’re looking for a pretty coffee table book that makes breathing life into 100+ year-old home look like a walk in the park, keep shopping!

Owning this book will save you thousands of dollars of mistakes that you could make by not understanding everything that needs to go into a comprehensive renovation. It does not sugarcoat the difficulties in managing a large project and will help you decide which things you should do yourself and which things you should really leave to the experts.

The author has shared everything from the big picture to the most mundane details involved in a classic restoration, and is very candid about things that went right, and also some things that could’ve gone a lot better. Ultimately, you can really see that his goal is to save other homeowners money and time by sharing his own experience in words and in photos.

I have restored more than one old house and this is one of the best reference books I have ever had.

I am about to embark on a restoration of an 1885 Queen Anne Victorian and I am looking forward to going into the project with even more knowledge than I already have about the process from start to finish.

Highly, highly recommended.
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This is an amazingly beautiful, thorough and detailed Bible of Restoration!
Reviewed in the United States on December 24, 2019
Leaving no detail untouched, Scott T. Hanson has taken a VERY DEEP DIVE into almost everything that needs to be considered from embarking to completing the restoration of an historic house. Having worked with Scott for many years to restore numerous landmark historic... See more
Leaving no detail untouched, Scott T. Hanson has taken a VERY DEEP DIVE into almost everything that needs to be considered from embarking to completing the restoration of an historic house. Having worked with Scott for many years to restore numerous landmark historic structures, I expected no less. Even so, the labor of love that went into publishing this comprehensive guide is OFF THE CHARTS! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!
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Beautiful knowledgeable instructive book!
Reviewed in the United States on June 10, 2020
Beautiful book! Photos are great, relevant, informative. This book is like a text book. Having restored a Victorian 30 years ago, this book covers so many problems we ran into and more we were lucky enough not to. Bought as a gift for son-in-law, who is buying old house.... See more
Beautiful book! Photos are great, relevant, informative. This book is like a text book. Having restored a Victorian 30 years ago, this book covers so many problems we ran into and more we were lucky enough not to. Bought as a gift for son-in-law, who is buying old house. Once I heard him talking about taking front porch facade down, and putting pillars up oh! and ripping off cantilever (interior stairs landing) to relocate stairs ?!?!? taking with it a huge 4x5 foot tall stained glass window...I knew I had to get him this book. Hopefully his remuddling will be minimal!
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A must have book.
Reviewed in the United States on January 26, 2020
A severely undervalued book worth twice what it''s being sold for. Well written with a lot of pictures and illustrations, this book covers everything from project planning to finishes. An absolute must have for every owner of older homes.
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The definitive text on living in and loving historic houses
Reviewed in the United States on January 20, 2020
I am fortunate to know the author so, I am not surprised by the depth, breadth, and quality of material contained in the book copy of his book which I recently purchased. The only thing missing from the book is a magic formula that would allow me all the time in the world... See more
I am fortunate to know the author so, I am not surprised by the depth, breadth, and quality of material contained in the book copy of his book which I recently purchased. The only thing missing from the book is a magic formula that would allow me all the time in the world to devour, study and apply the information in these wonderful 700+ pages. Bravo Mr. Hanson.
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Phenomenal Book for Reference and for Fun
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This is the best old house book I''ve ever seen. We bought many when restoring our house, and none had the detail that this one does. It has such great information compared to others available. So many tips from a professional restoration expert. I''ve never seen a book like... See more
This is the best old house book I''ve ever seen. We bought many when restoring our house, and none had the detail that this one does. It has such great information compared to others available. So many tips from a professional restoration expert. I''ve never seen a book like this and haven''t even gotten very far into it yet. It is one everyone is fighting over to read because it is so interesting. Such an amazing book that I bought a second one for my parents to enjoy. Love this book and am recommending it to everyone. Thank you for writing this and sharing your knowledge!
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A "MUST READ" for everyone who is restoring a historic home!
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I cannot say enough great things about this book! Well written, beautiful photos but the best part is the information - straight forward, realistic and brimming with great ideas on restoring your historic home while maintaining character. We are 2 years in to the... See more
I cannot say enough great things about this book! Well written, beautiful photos but the best part is the information - straight forward, realistic and brimming with great ideas on restoring your historic home while maintaining character. We are 2 years in to the restoration of our 1880 Folk Victorian home and while we''ve learned a lot on our own this book has given us so many more ideas and reminded us that we can make the most of our home, modernize it and still maintain its historic integrity. Currently working on a bathroom reno and have already made some changes to preserve its history. A big thank you to the author for taking the time to put this book together. I can''t wait to share it with my local historic preservation group.
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American focused but very valuable if you own and old house
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We own an old historic house and the guidance from this book has saved us thousands.
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HISTORICAL HOMES - FULL RENOVATION


ORIGINAL PHOTO


DETERIORATED


RESTORED

Scott Hanson is a historic-building preservation professional and has 40 years’ experience rehabilitating historic houses.

He has illustrated this authoritative book with hundreds of step-by-step photos, illustrations, charts, and decision-making guides. Interspersed throughout are photo essays of 13 restored historic houses representing a range of periods and architectural styles: Italianate, Victorian, Queen Anne, Federal, Colonial, Colonial Revival, Greek Revival, Ranch, Adobe, Craftsman, Shingle, and Rustic.

With interior and exterior photography by David Clough, these multi-page features show what can be achieved when a historic home is renovated with a desire to preserve or restore as much historic character as possible.


PART ONE: Project Planning

Chapter 1: Finding the Right Historic House

Chapter 2: Character defining Features of a Historic House

Chapter 3: Project Design

Chapter 4: Do-It-Yourself ?

Chapter 5: Bureaucrats You'll Meet


PART TWO: Under the Surface

Chapter 6: The Demolition Phase

Chapter 7: Structural Concerns


PART THREE: Systems

Chapter 8: Heating & Cooling

Chapter 9: Insulation & Ventilation

Chapter 10: Plumbing & Electrical


PART FOUR: The Exterior Envelope

Chapter 11: Roofs

Chapter 12: Exterior Walls

Chapter 13: Exterior Trim & Windows


PART FIVE: Interior FInishes

Chapter 14: Floors

Chapter 15: Interior Walls

Chapter 16: Ceilings

Chapter 17: Interior Trim

Chapter 18: Interior Paint & paper


PART SIX: Tools & Resources

Chapter 19: Tools

Chapter 20: Resources

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Restoring online Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for 2021 Homeowners online sale

Restoring online Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for 2021 Homeowners online sale

Restoring online Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for 2021 Homeowners online sale

Restoring online Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for 2021 Homeowners online sale

Restoring online Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for 2021 Homeowners online sale

Restoring online Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for 2021 Homeowners online sale

Restoring online Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for 2021 Homeowners online sale

Restoring online Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for 2021 Homeowners online sale

Restoring online Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for 2021 Homeowners online sale

Restoring online Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for 2021 Homeowners online sale

Restoring online Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for 2021 Homeowners online sale

Restoring online Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for 2021 Homeowners online sale

Restoring online Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for 2021 Homeowners online sale

Restoring online Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for 2021 Homeowners online sale

Restoring online Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for 2021 Homeowners online sale

Restoring online Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for 2021 Homeowners online sale

Restoring online Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for 2021 Homeowners online sale

Restoring online Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for 2021 Homeowners online sale

Restoring online Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for 2021 Homeowners online sale

Restoring online Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for 2021 Homeowners online sale

Restoring online Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for 2021 Homeowners online sale

Restoring online Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for 2021 Homeowners online sale

Restoring online Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for 2021 Homeowners online sale

Restoring online Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for 2021 Homeowners online sale

Restoring online Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for 2021 Homeowners online sale

Restoring online Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for 2021 Homeowners online sale

Restoring online Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for 2021 Homeowners online sale

Restoring online Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for 2021 Homeowners online sale

Restoring online Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for 2021 Homeowners online sale

Restoring online Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for 2021 Homeowners online sale

Restoring online Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for 2021 Homeowners online sale

Restoring online Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for 2021 Homeowners online sale

Restoring online Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for 2021 Homeowners online sale

Restoring online Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for 2021 Homeowners online sale

Restoring online Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for 2021 Homeowners online sale

Restoring online Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for 2021 Homeowners online sale

Restoring online Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for 2021 Homeowners online sale

Restoring online Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for 2021 Homeowners online sale

Restoring online Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for 2021 Homeowners online sale

Restoring online Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for 2021 Homeowners online sale

Restoring online Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for 2021 Homeowners online sale

Restoring online Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for 2021 Homeowners online sale

Restoring online Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for 2021 Homeowners online sale

Restoring online Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for 2021 Homeowners online sale

Restoring online Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for 2021 Homeowners online sale

Restoring online Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for 2021 Homeowners online sale

Restoring online Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for 2021 Homeowners online sale

Restoring online Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for 2021 Homeowners online sale

Restoring online Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for 2021 Homeowners online sale

Restoring online Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for 2021 Homeowners online sale

Restoring online Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for 2021 Homeowners online sale

Restoring online Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for 2021 Homeowners online sale

Restoring online Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for 2021 Homeowners online sale

Restoring online Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for 2021 Homeowners online sale