This very practical book by Fernando Pages Ruiz shows all kinds of upgrades, from using a little paint to brighten an entrance way to converting a two-car garage into living space. There are lessons in everything: different kinds of stucco, ways to build a skylight, insulation, cabinet overhauls, crown molding and much more. "--Newsday" (New York)
Fernando Pages Ruiz believes high style shouldn't be limited to those with high incomes. His book "Affordable Remodel "helps homeowners add upgrades without breaking their budgets. Ruiz, a builder and remodeler for more than 30 years, targets his book toward do-it-yourselfers with more desire than dollars. He offers guidance on such topics as budgeting, space planning, construction basics and making affordable choices, and he provides ideas for high-end-looking improvements that can be made on the cheap well, relatively so. --Mary Beth Breckenridge, "The Beacon Journal" (Akron)
Getting into debt in order to remodel your home might not be the ideal way to do it. If money is the only obstacle between you and your new kitchen cabinets, take a look at Fernando Pages Ruiz's "Affordable Remodel: How to Get Custom Results on Any Budget," This detailed guide covers a range of home-remodeling techniques from selecting fixtures to reconfiguring a bath and gives tips on how to maximize quality on a modest budget. Photos, floor plans, illustrations and charts lend support to the suggestions and help homeowners visualize the possibilities. "--Orlando Sentinel"
About the Author
Fernando Pagés Ruiz has been building affordable homes for over 20 years. A Licensed General Contractor in California and Nebraska since 1984, he has run Brighton Construction Company, Inc., in Lincoln, Nebraska, since 1992. Since moving from Los Angeles to Lincoln, Ruiz has focused on affordable, high-quality housing and now build building approximately 30 homes a year.
Ruiz has also worked on National Public Radio and Pacifica. He is a Contributing Editor to Yoga Journal
, where one of his profiles was nominated for a Maggie Award by the Western Magazine Association. He has written for a wide variety of consumer publications on topics ranging from the physiology of consciousness to Latin American machismo. His first book with Taunton, Building an Affordable House
published in 2005.