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What Your Contractor Can't Tell You: The Essential Guide to Building and Renovating [Paperback]

Amy Johnston
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Book Description

Jan. 1 2008
This book equips owners with the information and strategies needed to turn their vision into a home or renovation project that can be executed on time and within budget. Chapters give detailed coverage of critical topics: design options, selecting and supervising the architect and contractor, cost estimates, budgets, plan specifications, contracts, dealing with town officials and keeping track of everything along the way. For each stage of the project there is detailed information on common pitfalls and how to avoid them, as well as insiders' tips which reveal what most contractors can't tell you. This book was previously published by Warner Books (2004) and titled What the "Experts" May Not Tell You About Building or Renovating Your Home.

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Amy Johnston is a Construction Manager and Owner's Representative. She grew up renovating homes with her family and went on to build and renovate several of her own. Johnston has spent the last twenty years managing the design and construction or renovation of residential homes, affordable housing projects, historic downtown restorations and commercial spaces on behalf of owners. As liaison between the parties on so many projects, she enjoys a unique perspective on the dynamics of successful design and construction.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Many kudos to Amy Johnston! I now know the "language" and what to expect in my quest to remodel a kitchen. Countless magazines and $ spent could not even touch the amount of solid and very readable information that this book has to offer.
This unassuming paperback is where I should have started months ago. Better yet, it has a sense of humor!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the better books out there. March 17 2012
By Jokanuk
As the owner of a Design Build Company I receive numerous queries from friends and colleagues about renovating and building. In my role within the company I spend 20% of my time educating people I meet (both prospective leads and paying clients) about the processes of design and construction. I was looking for a resource I could pass along to friends and clients to assist them (and me) as they prepare for the long journey they about to undertake. Having read through this book over the course of a weekend I have to say this is one of the better books available. It's takes a far more holistic approach than any of the others I have perused. As with all "help" books not everything applies and as is stated within - always make sure you understand the requirements of your jurisdiction.

If you are planning to do a renovation over $50,000 or have a house built, you should read this book. An educated consumer is a better consumer!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get this, AND... Feb. 11 2014
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get this too:
Patterns of Home: The Ten Essentials of Enduring Design

This covers SOOO much you & I NEED, it oughta be required reading for anyone getting a life ( as an adult :)!


DEWALT® Construction Estimating Complete Handbook this can help you discover how much of particular materials you might need ( estimate 10% more concrete than you think you're going to need, e.g. )...

Handyman In-Your-Pocket this can also help for estimating & understanding what's in the work...


Working Alone: Tips & Techniques for Solo Building can help for those working alone...

The Very Efficient Carpenter (For Pros by Pros) also.

hope this all helps!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
This is a great book for anyone considering renovating or building thier home! The language is easy to understand, the organization is easy to follow and I cannot even count how many pitfalls we avoided by following her advice. Thanks so much!!!
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By nex13
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Delivers and exceeds what the title promises.
I have not read it yet but I skim through,
written by an expert, covers inside-out,
giving it simple straight forward,leaving nothing out.
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