Before planning a home renovation project, we recommend you read this book. If you're a homeowner, small renovation or fix-it problems are always bound to pop up. We recommend having this book on your shelf as a reference - it's that good! First published in 1982, this recently revised and updated edition features all new color photos and over 500 pages packed with how-to information covering everything from the foundation to the roof. It's virtually an encyclopedia of all things home improvement related. Twenty chapters address house inspections, project planning, tools, materials, roofs, doors, windows, skylights, exteriors, structural carpentry, masonry, foundations, wiring, plumbing, kitchens, bathrooms, tiling, drywalling, finish carpentry, painting, wallpapering and flooring. For over 30 years, Litchfield has been renovating or writing about houses. He was also a founding editor of Fine Homebuilding. This experience is reflected in this insightful and comprehensive book. Copyright 2012. Hardcover, 624 pages, color photos and illustrations, tables, glossary, index.