Monday, August 15, 2016

"Plan Your Home Renovation at Your Library" | @ the Library Article

If you want to see neglected and worn out houses revived, just tune into one of the many popular television shows such as "Flip or Flop," "First Time Flippers," or "Fixer Upper."  However, if you want to try your hand at the process, your Abilene Public Library highly recommends that you stop by and check out some of our informative books on the process first.  One first time flipper famously stated that they decided to try their hand at flipping because they had watched these shows and it had looked easy.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  As someone who has installed kitchen cabinets, grouted tile and hung drywall, I can tell you that what these shows depict is just a fraction of the planning and hard work involved in renovating a home.

A good first step is to check out The Smart Approach to Home Renovation by Susan B. Hillstrom.  She takes would-be remodelers through the process, from planning and budgeting to completion.  In addition to before an after photos, she includes the stories from homeowners who share their own makeover experiences.  Experts Drew and Jonathan Scott show you how to select a potential property, discuss budgeting and offer tips in Dream Home: The Property Brothers' Ultimate Guide to Finding & Fixing Your Perfect House.  This resource stays true tot he vibe of the show while still being comprehensive.

The book Framing Floors, Walls & Ceilings by the editors of Fine Homebuilding is an unabashedly thorough collection to the most authoritative and current advice on the topic.  If reading through this hasn't made you think twice about doing your own framing, you will find it a comprehensive guide to using your project.  With plenty of clear visuals Black & Decker Advanced Home Wiring shows homeowners already comfortable with wiring projects how to tackle more advanced projects.  It also points out the accompanying code requirements.

Experts say that renovating certain rooms bring the most return for your investment.  The kitchen is one such room.  The Better Homes and Gardens book Kitchens: Stunning Spaces on a Shoestring Budget covers everything from cabinets to storage.  It also shows what type of makeovers can be achieved based on budgets of $1,000, $2,500 and $5,000.  Another key room in house renovation is the bathroom.  Norma Vally's Bathroom Fix-Ups: More than 50 Projects for Every Skill Level gives insight into what projects can realistically be tackled and which are best left to a trained professional.

Home renovations can increase your property's value, if done correctly.  They can also be a nightmare of unexpected issues and expenses.  Whether you plan to gut a home, or spruce it up, your Abilene Public Library has many titles available to help you plan intelligently and be as prepared as possible for what can be an undertaking that's equally rewarding and exhausting.

Article Contributed by Deborah Tarsiewicz, Information Services at the Main Branch of the Abilene Public Library

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