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The operative word in the phrase "gut renovation" is the first one — it takes real guts to strip a house down to the studs, then build it back up again.
Especially if you're new parents, like Lisa and Mark Hellman were (to then-infant daughter Avery) when they found their 106-year-old home, situated on a former chicken farm near Jeffersonville, New York.
Rather than replace entire planks, the Hellmans plugged up the openings with stoppers fashioned from branches found on their property — a charming personal touch that sure beats wood putty.
Its 614 pages contain extensively revised chapters on planning; doors, windows and skylights; electrical wiring; and energy conservation. And its 1000 photos were selected from more than 40,000 that the author has taken over the years.
"I told him, 'Don't underestimate us.'" In return, she and Mark didn't underestimate the property's potential.
"We knew we could turn it into exactly the kind of home we wanted," Lisa explains.
This classic work covers renovation from start to finish surfaces.
Best of all, R4 is written in a down-to-earth conversational style that is clear and easy to understand.