“Restoring Your Historic House” & “Renovation 5th Edition” Combo-Pack

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The Perfect Combo-Pack for Historic House Restorers!

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1. Restoring Your Historic House

Signed by Scott T. Hanson.

New. 720 pages, hardcover. More than 2000 color photos and drawings.

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. There is no more comprehensive book available on the topic.

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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2. Renovation: 5th Edition

Not signed by author.

When it comes to home renovation, there’s no substitute for experience. Renovation: 5th Edition contains the collective wisdom of hundreds of remodeling contractors, architects, and tradespeople who shared their first-hand experience with Mike Litchfield as he interviewed and photographed them on job sites across North America.

As a founding editor of Fine Homebuilding magazine, the author of 16 acclaimed books, and a home renovator himself, Litchfield was able to record lifetimes of practical, field-tested solutions and trade secrets from the cream of the crop–the remodeling pros that other pros admire.

It is the perfect companion volume to Restoring Your Historic House. In the Introduction to that book, Scott T. Hanson wrote: “The one basic guide to the renovation of houses that I most recommend owning is Renovation by Michael Litchfield. First published in 1982, the book is now in its fifth edition and remains the most complete and understandable basic text on the subject.” While not specifically addressing historic houses, it provides an excellent starting point with Restoring Your Historic House providing specific information for historic houses.

Both first-time renovators and professionals who want to supplement their knowledge of specific trades will find Renovation 5th Edition invaluable. Renovation 5 reflects the new realities of planning carefully, spending wisely, maximizing space and building durably. Its 656 pages contain extensively revised chapters on planning; doors, windows and skylights; electrical wiring; structural carpentry; masonry and foundations. Its illustrations are crisp and informative and its 1,000+ photos were selected from more than 45,000 that the author has taken over the years.

This classic work covers renovation from start to finish. Best of all, Renovation 5 is written in a down-to-earth conversational style that is clear and easy to understand. Written with a sharp wit and a dry sense of humor, Renovation 5 is not only immensely useful, but great fun to read.


• Author: Mike Litchfield & Chip Harley
• Publisher: Taunton Press, May 7, 2019
• 656 pages
• ISBN10: 1631869590
• ISBN13: 978-1631869594

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Weight 10.45 lbs
Dimensions 11.5 × 11 × 2.5 in

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5 reviews for “Restoring Your Historic House” & “Renovation 5th Edition” Combo-Pack

  1. Laurel (verified owner)

    What an amazing reference book!! It’s going to be my ‘bible’ as we start the renovation of our 1898 Maine Home!

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  3. Anonymous (verified owner)

    I was hoping for more information about historical exterior shutters and styles. But in the meantime these look like exceptional resources as a homeowner and business owner who assists residential customers with functional exterior shutters.

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  4. Jarrett Ryan Clayton (verified owner)

    Beautiful books, very good reads.

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  5. Craig Rognholt (verified owner)

    It far exceeded my expectations! I thought I bought them as reference books, but I am reading them cover to cover. I’m the envy of all my old home-owner friends. Thank you so much

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