This book was written to help homeowners create the home they want instead of going out and purchasing a new, even more expensive home. As the title of the book implies, the philosophy behind it is about working with what you have instead of going elsewhere.
This is especially relevant in light of the last few years when being able to move to a more expensive housing option was not necessarily the wisest financial decision of most people. Smartly remodeling a home can be done for a far lower cost than the price of a new home.
Of course, attempting drastic remodeling is not the kind of thing that should be done without careful consideration of what the homeowner wants and what they are working with. This is where Staying Put attempts to help by providing the homeowner with advice on what is possible and how to accomplish it. The book is written by Duo Dickinson, an architect with some 30 years experience in the trade.
The book starts out with an explanation of why staying in their present home might be a good idea for some American families. It also points out some of the many reasons people may want to change homes, ranging from expanding families to just a general dissatisfaction with the set-up of their home. Then it proceeds into a detailed explanation of what a homeowner must do in order to improve the condition of their home.
Since moving is not a workable option for most homeowners, Dickinson advises them to focus on renovation and/or remodeling. They will need to consider such factors as cost as well as getting a home that is right for their lifestyle. There is advice on everything from choosing the right site, to designing the perfect home office.
Staying Put provides the perfect general guidelines for homeowners who have chosen to work with what they have until they can afford something better.