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5.0 out of 5 stars Read It Before You Start !!!!!!, 22 Aug 2005
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Before you pick up a weapon, fresh from B&Q and eager to join that rabble army of do-it-yourselfer's out there - read this book, then read it again, then put into practice wherever you can some of the sound and considered principles expounded by Hugh Lander so that we may all enjoy the delightful heritage of our buildings free from the ghastly, tasteless and unforgiveable sins that are nevertheless being committed daily in the name of home improvement......
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for owners and buyers of old houses, 18 May 2000
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This review is from: The House Restorer's Guide (Hardcover)
If you own or would like to own a house with a bit of age to it you really should read this book. Clear, concise and written in an enthusiastic style, the author gently persuades you to consider very carefully how to progress your sympathetic restoration. Very subjective at times, but pragmatic in approach, the traditional building terms and procedures are explained in a way which is easy to understand without patronising the competent DIYer or professional.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't restore your house without reading this book!, 15 Jun 2008
We have been working in our stone cottage for the last 20 years and this book is our bible. It includes everything you need to know about traditional materials and techniques and is practical and instructive in a way that encourages the novice restorer. It also has quite a welcome emphasis on 'taste' in restoration, always a contentious subject of course but I think Hugh Lander has got it perfectly judged.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good common sense book, 11 Jan 2013
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This book is perfect if you are purchasing a run down cottage or house and you want to approach the restoration from a novice position. The author has a common sense and good sense of humour and plenty of practical advise including many useful drawings and diagrams.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An essential handbook for house restorers., 30 Oct 2013
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This review is from: The House Restorer's Guide (Hardcover)
I am a great fan of Hugh Lander's books.
Anyone involved in caring for or refurbishing an old house would do well to dip into Mr. Lander's vast range of knowledge about all aspects of traditional building methods, masonry, joinery, roofing, and all manner of fixtures and fittings.
Reading this book will certainly prevent the kind of accidental architectural vandalism we see perpetrated up and down the country. Not just the ubiquitous and horrendous plastic windows and neo-Georgian front doors, but he also gives advice on avoiding pitfalls on small details such as pointing, door furniture, flooring materials, and all manner of house fittings.
Mr Lander is passionate about his subject, and has a tendency to rant when describing bad taste in traditional building restoration. My only criticism is that, although he always, and correctly, tells us what we shouldn't do, he doesn't always tell us what we should do. For example, I am looking for a window to go in a 17th century stone wall to replace a horrible 1980's casement. There is a whole page of drawings of what I shouldn't put in, but only the sketchiest of ideas of what he would recommend.
This criticism apart, I think this is a brilliant book.
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