Tips & Traps for Remodeling Your Kitchen

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June 14, 2005


Electronic book text, 224 pages


0071469885 / 9780071469883

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Main description

This book is a homeowner's ideal companion for any kitchen remodeling project. It's a complete overview that covers planning, estimating costs, choosing materials, hiring contractors and subcontractors, code considerations, HVAC issues, cabinets and counters, and the final punch-list phase, and homeowners get the benefit of the author's 30 years of experience as a construction and remodeling professional. Filled with tips and traps, illustrations, checklists, sample forms and contracts, this book is a roadmap that guides homeowners through the kitchen remodeling process.

Table of contents

ABOUT THE AUTHOR INTRODUCTION Chapter 1: Planning Your Job Chapter 2: Drawing Your Own Rough Plans Chapter 3: Solidifying Plans and Estimating Job Costs Chapter 4: Choosing Your Materials Chapter 5: Getting Your Best Price on Materials Chapter 6: Subcontractors Chapter 7: Selecting Contractors and Subcontractors Chapter 8: Dealing With Contractors Chapter 9: Code Considerations Chapter 10: Financing Your Project Chapter 11: Ripping Out Kitchens Chapter 12: Unexpected Conditions Chapter 13: Flooring Chapter 14: Walls and Ceilings Chapter 15: Mechanical Work Chapter 16: Cabinets, Countertops, Fixtures, and Appliances Chapter 17: Finishing the Job INDEX

Author comments

R. Dodge Woodson has been involved in the building trades for 30 years and has been a self-employed contractor for 25 years. He is the owner of The Masters Group, Inc., a general contracting, remodeling, and plumbing firm in Maine. Woodson has written dozens of books on the industry for both consumers and professionals

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If you're about to hire a contractor or want to tackle the job yourself, you'll learn everything you need to know about kitchen remodeling with this homeowner-empowering guide from one of the most respected figures in home construction. R. Dodge Woodson, a 30-year contracting veteran and the author of many books in the field, arms you with insider information and techniques to help you avoid construction rip-offs. . . get the best price on materials . . . understand the implications of design and planning decisions. . . and virtually eliminate hassles in kitchen remodeling. Packed with features designed to make it easy for homeowners to use, Tips & Traps for Remodeling Your Kitchen offers a complete roadmap through the remodeling process. It helps you:

  • Screen and hire honest, skilled kitchen remodeling professionals, and negotiate effectively
  • Decide what to do -- and what not to do -- yourself
  • Estimate costs, with easy-to-use charts on labor and materials
  • Understand the trade-offs in design, planning, and materials options
  • Keep contractor and subcontractors on the straight and narrow -- on time and on budget
  • Move smoothly through every phase, from planning to code issues to completion

Sample checklists, forms, illustrations, and contracts make it easier to handle every aspect of your kitchen remodeling project. Highlighted tips and traps help you avoid money pits. Even if you have no prior experience with remodeling or construction, this book can help you make sure the job gets done right -- at the right cost!

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