(2nd Edition) by
6751). 541 pages.
In 1984, I gave Michael
Litchfield's Renovation: A Complete
Guide a mixed review. Now there's
a new, expanded version which the
author asserts "may be the most
comprehensive single volume on
residential renovation ever
attempted." In fact, there aren't
many home renovation tasks you
won't find addressed in this edition.
New chapters address tiling,
foundation repair, and installing
doors, windows, and skylights.
There are also revised illustrations,
extensive text rewrites, and
appendices on dealing with
contractors, architects, money,
security, stair building, and even
fencing, plus a short bibliography.
Much of this collection is as
good as you'll get anywhere. I
wouldn't hesitate, for example, to
use Litchfield's chapter on
electricity as my first