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The Ultimate Urban Makeover Book

A book by Stephen Crafti

Abridged Introduction


By Stephen Crafti


.....How does the old work with the new to create an environment that respects the past but is still relevant today?  This is the question faced by the designers whose work is featured in this book.....


.....Projects demonstrate the skill required to uncover the original bones of a structure that is hidden under well-meaning but unskilled attempts over the years to rescue, modernize or enlarge and old house.....


.....As one architect says, the most successful renovations seem to be those that have retained the essential character of the original home.....


.....A sense of the past is still evident in most of these homes, particularly when they are viewed from the street.  But past the front door, new interiors have been carefully interwoven with the past to create striking new homes.