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The Don Cherry of renovations
on August 19, 2016
I really didn't like this book. The author believes he knows more than anyone else and that his way is the only way. The introduction is a self boasting record of what an awesome contractor he is, and it goes downhill from there. I stopped reading the book when he said that you should not hire an engineer or an architect because "they are mainly book people". He goes on to say "You'll usually find that if you hire and architect or an engineer first, they'll draw up plans; then a contractor will look at your house and at those plans and say 'This doesn't work - we're going to have to make changes'"
I find it wrong on many levels. First he assumes that engineers and architects don't know how to do their work. It's a wonder that they manage to ever build any bridges or skyscraper! Then he assumes, like he does throughout the book, that contractors, or pros, as he calls them, are all-knowing. He also spends a whole chapter telling you how to select a good contractor but he tells you nothing of the engineer or architect, he just assumes that they will be incompetent or, if they are hired by the contractor, maybe they will be competent. I am not even kidding.
Another thing: if you want to DIY, none of his books is for you, he is very much against that.
I find him to be a blowhard, self promoting redneck and that's just not for me.