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The first comprehensive, pictorial guide to the styles, materials, fixtures, and fittings essential to the successful restoration of a period house. The book covers details and fixtures for all rooms in the house as well as the exterior and garden, and helps you achieve an authentic period feel without abandoning the requirements of contemporary living.   Full color and black-and-white photographs. A complete reference manual for building owners, architects and contractors for maintaining and rehabilitation of walls and facades that call for a thorough understanding of the forces that cause deterioration, knowledge of the properties of building materials, up-to-date inspection tools and methods, and a solid command of renovation and repair techniques. With chapters by recognized experts, the book provides state-of-the-art information and methodologies for the inspection, maintenance, and restoration of historic buildings of virtually every period, style, and material. Individual chapters cover stone, brick, terra-cotta, cast stone, mortar, concrete, cast iron, sheet metal, and wood masonry For those who love to live in old houses or want to invest in one, this completely revised and updated book levels no stone unturned. From evaluating a property to making foundation repairs to adding on a porch, it's a comprehensive guide to every aspect of making renovations and repairs—whether you already live in, or are contemplating buying, an older home. Some 40 percent of North Americans live in homes built prior to 1940, and when it comes time to remodel or restore our older homes, homeowners and contractors can find themselves lost in a morass of wildly divergent information and opinion. With Green Restorations, author Aaron Lubeck brings his expertise as a restoration contractor and preservation consultant to this first-of-its-kind guide, leading the reader through the steps for restoring historic buildings using sustainable practices and green building techniques.   In a readily accessible room-by-room and system-by-system format, Green Restorations covers rehabilitation and remodeling questions applicable to old homes, focusing on the core techniques and debates often seen in practice. Here you’ll find the answers to restoration questions, such as:   *Is sealing my old crawl space a good idea?   *Should I replace or rehabilitate my windows?    *Are there historic aspects of my home I need to preserve, and what can I change?   *What are the cultural, environmental, and financial implications of my proposed changes?   *Do residential historic tax credits apply to my home, and how can I access them?     Written in such a way as to be accessible for homeowners but technical enough for contractors, this book will appeal to anyone trying to green an older home while preserving its historic and cultural significance.
Building restoration describes the process of the renewal and refurbishment of the fabric of a building. The phrase covers a wide span of activities, from the cleaning of the interior or exterior of a building - such as is currently underway at St Paul's Cathedral in London - to the rebuilding of damaged or derelict buildings, such as the restoration of the Windsor Great Hall in Windsor Castle after a destructive fire in 1992. The 1985-1989 removal of 38 layers of paint and the cleaning and repair of the exterior sandstone walls of the White House in the U.S. are an example of building restoration. Buildings are structures which have, from time to time, particular purposes. They require ongoing maintenance to prevent them falling into disrepair as a result of the ravages of time and use. Building restoration can be thought of as that set of activities which are greater than year-to-year maintenance, but which by retaining the building are less than a demolition and the construction of a new building Billed as an update of the 1991 second edition, this edition is prepared by the same editors and follows the earlier format. A classic in the first edition, a masterpiece in the second, this work is the last word in renovationLitchfield is cited again and again by other authors in this field, and rightly soand the new edition will serve to introduce a whole new crop of renovators to the art. In nearly 600 pages of text, accompanied by 1000 illustrations, all systems used in the home are covered in detail, and with sensitivity for a nontechnical reader. If you are renovating a home or even thinking about it, this is the place to start. Essential, but only for libraries that don't already own either edition.Alexander Hartmann, INFOPHILE, Williamsport, Pa. Historical Building Construction, is now in its second edition, provides the way to understand the ins and outs of old buildings. Thoroughly updated and revised, including new photographs and illustrations it is the accepted guide to building construction from the 1840s to the present.   Covering the history of concrete-,steel-, and skeleton-frame buildings, Donald Friedman encourages the design of elegant and safe solutions to the structural problems caused by changes in use, changes in architectural design, or changes in the mechanical plant. Architects renovating older buildings, while not usually responsible for structural design, need to understand the design restrictions forced on them by the original structures. And today's engineers need to understand what assumptions their predecessors made, what materials they used, how they designed structures, and how their designs were built.   Friedman uses an effective combination of narrative, technical drawings, and photographs to describe the development of masonry, wood, and steel construction, modern curtain walls and concrete slabs, and the use of cast-iron and patented floor construction. Case histories from buildings across the United States show how to apply the information to a wide range of actual projects, from brownstones to skyscrapers.   If you work on or study old structures as a designer, engineer, renovator, rehabilitator, or preservationist this text will help you to analyze existing conditions in a building so that you can find better solutions to deal with what lies hidden behind the floor and behind the wall and ceiling finishes. Here within a single volume is provided the essential information on the properties of traditional building materials. Each material is considered in the constructional sequence: wall materials, roof coverings, wood and timber framing, metals and finishes.

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