The Homeowner's Guide to Managing a Renovation: Tough-As-Nails Tactics for Getting the Most from Your Money
Major home remodeling isn’t for the faint of heart; there is huge potential for design problems, cost overruns, or just unsatisfactory workmanship. Here, a professional construction manager who masterminded the redesign at New York’s famed Avery Fisher Hall as well as a massive institute-wide renovation of St. Luke’s Hospital, offers an indispensable guide for homeowners who need to manage a large-scale renovation. There’s advice on how to articulate your thoughts clearly to designers, architects, and contractors; tips on negotiating contracts; suggestions for protecting yourself from legal and financial threats; and help understanding warranty claims. Each stepfrom initial planning through the completed projectis covered in layman’s terms, and sample contracts, floor plans, cost estimating worksheets and other forms are provided.
Excellent Resource for Someone Who Needs to Manage a Remodel
By Remodeler Wanting to Learn - July 6, 2010
This book and "What Your Contractor Can't Tell You" by Amy Johnston have been my bibles as I prepared to put out a contract for our home remodel.
Both give me a sense of what the likely issues may be and how to address them. Both offer an overview of the construction process, an analysis of alternative ways of managing a construction process, and suggestions on how to head off many problems and deal with the inevitable ones when they come along.
This book gave me slightly more a sense of holding my hand than the Amy Johnston book did. The second half of this book walks you through a construction process week by week with ideas of how and when specific problems might come up. I thought the Amy Johnston book was a little more clear than this book on some issues. So I wouldn't recommend one book instead of the other. I really think you should buy both. After all, you're probably going to spend considerably more than either book on your remodeling. Just... read more
really good intro to CPM - not GC
By David Somers - April 3, 2009
I stumbled on this book on my library's DIY shelf and was impressed as I read. It is NOT about being your own General Contractor. (In fact she presents some good thinking points on why you wouldn't want to be your own GC). It IS about Construction Project Management. Includes stuff you should think about before writing the contracts, making decisions, how to handle delays and problems, pay the bills, and how it all fits together. The stuff the homeowner has to take care of when they have someone else working for them. I would recommend that anyone undertaking a significant renovation read this before they start hiring.
An Excellent Book
By R. Hardy - July 4, 2009
One of the biggest mistakes most people make, it seems, is to embark on a renovation project without reading up on it. This great book helps prepare for countless projects, small & large, BEFORE tackling each. I count this as an extremely valuable book with a trunkful of information & ideas along with good solid info to read up on. Whole chapters on making a choice whether to move or remodel, discussing the budget, choosing a contractor, contracts, etc, etc. There's good solid information to absorb which will be invaluable. Part One is full of things you should know beforehand and Part Two helps gear in on the project step by step.
I would highly recommend this excellent reference to any out there that are anticipating some future renovations. Early on is a good time to take the time to read up on all the generalities which I promise you, most especially for the novice, will be most valuable. And if you're one of those who have had a renovation in your past, you... read more
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