Many homeowners express a preference for older homes rather than new ones because of the quality of the craftsmanship, the architectural elements, the character of the home, and the solidness of the structure. Houses can be changed – they can be made bigger or smaller according to your desires. Remodeling your home can make it come alive, fix its flaws, and enhance its interior. However, renovating can be time consuming, expensive, nerve-racking, and messy. The Complete Guide to Renovating Older Homes will help you overcome these challenges. In this new book, you will learn how to estimate costs and how to create a budget. You will learn how to select and install cabinets, countertops, flooring, sinks, faucets, appliances, bath tubs, showers, and toilets. You will learn about the unique challenges of small and large bathrooms, home offices, and home theaters. You will also learn how to overcome the challenges associated with water, foundation, cracks, lead, electricity, asbestos, windows, tanks, wells, and cesspools. Additionally, you will be presented with ideas for renovating your family room, bedrooms, attic, basement, kitchen, and bathroom, as well as a variety of floor plans. You will learn about unique architectural elements, closets, and the tools you will need. Furthermore, you will be provided with step-by-step instructions for some of the most common projects, including installing drywall, upgrading windows and doors, and installing flooring. Also included is a section on exterior renovations, which contains information on windows, skylights, finish materials, garage doors, sunrooms, porches, decks, and pools. The Complete Guide to Renovating Older Homes will inspire you to create the home of your dreams and will help save you thousands of dollars while doing so. Whether you are attempting your first renovation project or are a seasoned pro, you will be sure to find numerous tips and suggestions in this book, making it an indispensable companion for any homeowner with a project or two in mind.
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