Published by Hanley Wood, 2002
ISBN – 0924659874
Hardcover & Softcover
How does a homeowner make informed decisions about when building or renovating your a home? From Sand Castles to Dream Houses offers sound advice to the average home builder/homeowner in clear, everyday, simple language. Other home building books dwell on highly technical construction and design technicalities-details, while this layperson’s guide easily explains all aspects of building or renovating a home. Some of the areas that are covered in the book include: selecting a location, getting started creating your home, working out a budget, and the hiring, negotiating, and working with architects, general contractors, interior designers, and landscape professionals.
What people are saying about “From Sand Castles to Dream Houses…”
“Thanks to Sheri Koones the process of creating a dream house does not have to be a nightmare. Her sound advice and extensive research on everything from selecting an architect and interior designer to unraveling the mysteries of the systems that keep your home running day after day are contained in one resource book with ample pages for note keeping.”
-Lisa Newsom, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Veranda
“For the person building their dream house, Sand Castles & Dream Houses is an invaluable resource for the understanding of the importance of planning your home theater and/or whole audio-video system from the designing stage of the home.”
Maureen Jenson, editor, Home Theater Magazine
“Turning the dream of the homebuilder, into the language of the Architect and the Contractor, is no small feat – and Sheri Koones has accomplished this, by carefully detailing their interrelated responsibilities. From Sand Castles to Dream Houses is a blueprint for promoting a professional and harmonious relationship between the Homebuilder, Architect and Contractor.”
-John Mclean, Architect, past President of the Westchester/Mid-Hudson Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
From Sand Castles to Dream Houses is a unique resource for homeowners. One that provides important information about water quality to those who own their own homes or those who are looking to buy a home.
–Carolyn A. Meyer, Director, Public Affairs, Water Quality Association
“From Sand Castles to Dream Houses offers advice and ideas like those from a thoughtful and experienced friend helping ensure the road to creating your own dream home is a smooth one. The small investment in this book during the planning stage will definitely save you time and money as you navigate the complex maze of design and construction.”
-June Cotner, coauthor, The Home Design Handbook: The Essential Planning Guide to Building, Buying, or Remodeling a Home.
“From Sand Castles to Dream Houses is highly informative and educational. From an extensive list of terms to a journal to record your project, it includes everything you need to know to complete your construction project. In its handy size, it makes a wonderful total package.“
– Helen White, Publisher: Home Resource & Design Magazine
“While From Sand Castles to Dream Houses is a nice title, this book has such depth of information in clear every day language on such a broad range of relative subjects that it could also be called the Amateur Builder’s Bible or maybe even Buying, Building and Remodeling for Idiots.”
–Michael Millius, The Record Review
“Extremely thorough and well organized…this book examines the full range of issues you’ll face when building or renovating.” Kathleen Dore, Style At Home “Before you make the first call to the architect or take the sledgehammer to the sheetrock, run to the nearest bookstore and buy Sheri Koones’ comprehensive guide, From Sand Castles to Dream Houses….”
– Morgan Thomas, Inside FC