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The Victorian House Book: A Practical Guide to Home Repair and Decoration [Hardcover]

Robin Guild , Simon Rigge , Vernon Gibberd , James Mortimer , Ken Kirkwood , Derry Moore
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12 Dec 2007
The 4th edition contains additional text and a revised Technical Advice section, including an extended list of suppliers offering goods and services to the Victorian home owner. It has a new jacket highlighting its usefulness as a practical guide.No book gets to its 4th edition unless it is found to be useful. The 500 colour photographs and sumptuous page layouts are designed to attract the impulse buyer as well as providing inspiration and decorating ideas. Once the readers have the book in their hands, however, they quickly discover that it is far more than a collection of magnificent pictures. In 100,000 words, Robin Guild sketches in the historical background to every aspect of architectural detail and decoration in a Victorian house and gives advice drawn from his own experience on how to create a look that matches 19th-century structure and proportions with 21st-century standards of comfort. The 1,500 line drawings, researched from original builder's merchants' catalogues, provide an unrivalled source of references for fixtures and fittings both inside and out.The emphasis is on sympathetic improvement. Work with the architecture you have, not against it. Windows, doors, roof-lights, fireplaces - all instil character and possess the power to embellish and enhance if treated in the right way.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sheldrake Press; 4th Revised edition edition (12 Dec 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1873329407
  • ISBN-13: 978-1873329405
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 31.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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`A Bible to all up-and-coming Victorian house owners.' -- The Sunday Express

`It's a practical, authoritative, beautiful guide to everything from cornices and corbels to sofas and suppliers.' -- The Independent on Sunday

`More than just a coffee table read, it takes a detailed look at every aspect of the Victorian home - from door numbers and windows to period decoration and gardens.' -- Good Housekeeping

`The Guild book is a triumph of art direction.' -- The New York Times

`These books are sure to be essential reading for any architect, interior designer or construction professional.'
-- www.ribabookshops.com


`More than just a coffee table read, it takes a detailed look at every aspect of the Victorian home - from door numbers and windows to period decoration and gardens.'

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Counterblast to Minimalism 29 Mar 2009
The charm of this book is not just that it really does help you to create the House Beautiful, but also that it makes the planning process so pleasurable. For example, you can sit at the kitchen table with your Significant Other and a bottle of good claret (or even just the claret by itself), and work your way very slowly through its pages, which contain everything needed to fire your imagination: dozens of luscious colour photos of front elevations, rooflines, kitchens, bathrooms, bedroom furniture, wallpaper, back gardens and so on (from the USA and Australia as well as the UK), plus pages of architectural details redrawn from Victorian trade catalogues and showing twenty different types of appropriate curtain rod, door knocker, bath tap etc, all backed up by a concise text explaining the materials, techniques and stylistic evolution involved.
Our own home, a small Victorian terrace house in south-east London, was shabby and nondescript when we bought it, owing to the combined effects of a 1944 doodlebug and a cheap and nasty 1970s "modernisation"; a neighbour charitably described it as "more of a project than a house". But thanks to the inspiration of an earlier edition of The Victorian House Book, it now boasts enough tongue and groove, painted floorboards, scrubbed pine and Turkey rugs to satisfy even the shade of William Morris - and the best of it is that we're still only half-way through our programme of re-Victorianisation.
However, I don't want to give the impression that this book is some kind of purist manifesto - in fact, it is explicitly aimed the 21st-century house owner who wants to keep the best of Victorian design while still enjoying modern comfort and convenience.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful information for Victorian home owners 6 Feb 2013
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According to the notes on the dust jacket this book "provides owners and admirers of Victorian houses with the most comprehensive source book and guide to home repair and decoration available today" - this is an exaggeration.

The book tries to be comprehensive in that it includes history, exterior features, interior decoration, information on alterations and technical advice but the problem is that in doing so it is trying to cover too much in one book. The end result is that a lot of subjects are covered in insufficient depth. The author was an interior decorator and maybe he should have just stuck to his field of expertise - some of the technical advice is questionable and what he says about dry rot is plain wrong!

However despite not being perfect it is still a worthwhile read for the Victorian house owner.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lovely coffee table book 5 May 2014
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Nice pictures, interesting bits of information. Maybe not the in-depth manual I had hope for, but I am happy with it.
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