W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.
The Vintage House
How can you expand that tiny kitchen of a 1920 bungalow without losing the rich, vernacular style? What mechanical and electrical retrofitting is required to bring an 1850 Greek Revival gem up to modern standards, without discarding the vintage radiators? These and other practical questions are answered by the authors of The Vintage House: A Guide to Successful Renovations and Additions. This is a great book to look at, and an even better book to take renovation notes from - a real must-have primer for historic preservation-minded homeowners and professionals alike.
From exploring How Do Houses Grow? To Getting The Details Right, it guides readers through the maze of typical projects and issues, like finding more space within an existing footprint or blending in new windows or dormers without destroying historic character - the very essence of vintage houses. Readers are treated to volumes of important information, and in the bargain they get a peek at some beautifully restored vintage houses, from small to very large.
Mark Alan Hewitt, architectural historian and preservation architect, practices in Bernardsville, New Jersey. Gordon Bock, the former longtime editor of Old-House Journal, is a contributing editor at Traditional Building magazine and many other architectural publications.