Book DescriptionA hot real estate market and ever-escalating prices often force homebuyers into settling for second or third best. Sometimes view trumps structure, or it's a case of worst-house-on-the-block syndrome. Whatever the reason for decorating despair, Renovate proves that even the drabbest digs can find new life. From a minimalist Chicago loft to a cozy Pasadena bungalow, these 30 diverse homes all share a common thread: all were lackluster dwellings that have re-emerged as fabulous places to live. Featuring 200 color photographs, each makeover, from the highly practical to the purely aesthetic, is well illustrated with before and after photos, and most include floor plans. Divided into style-specific chapters, including cottages, ranch house, apartments, and suburban homes, the book presents homeowners with a wealth of helpful, easily implemented design lessons and provides creative solutions to renovation problems. Also features contact information for architects, designers, furniture manufacturers, and craftspeople for every major region of the country.