Ingrid Abramovitch’s “Restoring a House in the City” is a beautiful and useful read.
Inspirational photographs and practical advice are the book’s cornerstones.
"Restoring a House in the City" is a great resource on the process of restoration. It’s filled with gorgeous photographs of beautiful townhouses around the U.S. All houses selected for the book are very different in style, architecture, sensibility. They also reflect a geographic diversity: Boston, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, San Francisco.
Abramovitch, the author, points out some of the practical aspects of the townhouses: their architecture was designed to be efficient, as witnessed in their modest footprint and their proximity to public transportation. She adds, “In my book, I try to encourage homeowners to recycle and reuse the elements that are already there. For instance, is there flooring in a closet or attic that can be re-milled for use somewhere else in the house? These homes were built of first-growth wood--lumber from America's earliest forests. You can't beat it for durability and beauty. I also provide many resources in the book for sourcing reclaimed building materials and vintage fixtures.” Abramovitch is a former editor of House and Garden magazine.
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