Home Renovation Books Growing up, my family’s first house was a classic Cape reproduction built in the early 1960s. These postwar houses – the ranches, split-levels and particularly the Capes built in new subdivisions in towns close to Cambridge – have fairly predictable floor plans. Often these floor plans don’t jibe with today’s real estate buyers’ expectations.
That’s one of the reasons I love seeing these now 50+ years old houses. Some have changed little and I can walk in and know just what room to expect at every turn. Others have been transformed by new owners and it’s always fun to see how home renovation projects have updated these mid-century houses.
Are you hoping to buy a single family? Or perhaps you’ve lived in one for some time and are dreaming of renovating. If you’re looking for ideas and inspiration four home renovation books from The Taunton Press in their Updating Classic America series are worth picking up:
Capes: Design Ideas for Renovating, Remodeling and Building New by Jane Gitlin
Colonials: Design Ideas for Renovating, Remodeling and Building New by Matthew Schoenherr
Ranches: Design Ideas for Renovating, Remodeling and Building New by Louis Wasserman and M. Caren Connolly
Bungalows: Design Ideas for Renovating, Remodeling and Building New by Louis Wasserman and M. Caren Connolly
I guess you’re on your own when it comes to tweaking a split-level! Each book is lavishly illustrated with photographs and filled with stories about houses that have been thoughtfully updated and reworked. While there are plenty of postwar houses (except of course in the bungalow book) in these pages, earlier houses are included as well. Home owners and home buyers will find loads of ideas in these beautiful books.