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Edmonton Journal
October 14, 2007 Sunday
Final Edition


By Mary Beth Breckenridge, McClatchy Newspapers

Charlotte Observer

Posted on Sat, Oct. 13, 2007

Upgrade digs while protecting wallet

Publisher's Weekly

October 8, 2007

Sprucing Up the Homestead;
Despite-or perhaps because of-real-estate gloom, remodeling/ redecorating books are still in vogue.

by Sarah Robbins


Knoxville News Sentinal
Affordable Remodeling: Chicago Tribune
Affordable Remodel was listed in the 5 Good Reads by the Chicago Tribune.
Book has budget upgradesFernando Pages Ruiz believes high style shouldn’t be limited to those with high incomes. His book “Affordable Remodel” helps homeowners add upgrades without breaking their budgets.Ruiz, a builder and remodeler for more than 30 years, targets his book toward do-it-yourselfers with more desire than dollars. He offers guidance on such topics as budgeting, space planning, construction basics and making affordable choices. “Affordable Remodel: How to Get Custom Results on Any Budget” is $21.95.-- Mary Beth Breckenridge,

McClatchy Newspapers

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Northwest Edition

If you think of countertops as simply work surfaces, you can save money by using plastic laminates, says builder / remodeler Fernando Pages Ruiz in Affordable Remodel (Taunton Press, $ 21. 95, available Oct. 2 ).

But many homeowners like to indulge in a little luxury, says Ruiz, who’s known for achieving highend looks at rock-bottom prices.


Bookshelf: Affordable Remodeling

The Enquirer, Cincinnati, OH

The words "affordable" and "remodel" don't have to be mutually exclusive. A new book from Taunton Press is out to prove it with more than 200 pages of photographs, tips, how-tos and ideas on remodeling within a budget.


Affordable Housing and Quality Housing - Are the two Mutually Exclusive?

By Chris Autrey - West of Tulsa

Affordable housing is a passion of mine. I read about it. I talk about it. In fact, I think I drive my wife crazy because of it. That’s why I love Habitat for Humanity so much. They do a great job of providing a quality product for a fair price. I picked up one of my favorite building books this morning, Building an Affordable House, by Fernando Pages Ruiz, and flipped through the pages looking for yet another few tidbits of advice that I’m sure I’ve missed the first ten times I read the book. Ruiz is a builder of affordable homes in Nebraska who is a forward-thinking builder, and he seems to do a good job of balancing the two characteristics mentioned in the title of this post: Affordability and Quality.


Orlando Sentinel - Affordable Remodel

Martha Phifer  Orlando Sentinel  8/24/07

”Getting into debt in order to remodel your home might not be the ideal way to do it. If money is the only obstacle between you and your new kitchen cabinets, take a look at Fernando Pages Ruiz's Affordable Remodel: How to Get Custom Results on Any Budget (Taunton Press, $21.95, paperback).

This detailed guide covers a range of home-remodeling techniques from selecting fixtures to reconfiguring a bath and gives tips on how to maximize quality on a modest budget. Photos, floor plans, illustrations and charts lend support to the suggestions and help homeowners visualize the possibilities.”

Martha Phifer  can be reached at 407-420-5259 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Green Builder Magazine

Green Builder Magazine PhotoJuly/August 2006 Issue

By Dave Thurlow

There is a point where the paths taken to build smarter, build greener, and build affordably all cross. That point can be found in the pages of Building an Affordable House by Fernando Pagés Ruiz. With its slick layout, glossy color photos, illustrations, tables, and sidebars, this book may at first appear like a coffee-table book for homeowners, but it isn’t. (Unless that homeowner is interested in soil pressure, optimized headers, duct design, soy-based polyurethane foam insulation, and up-selling energy efficiency). This book is aimed right at the production builder interested in high-value, low-cost construction. And it doesn’t miss.

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Oakland Tribune

Oakland, CA  12/18/2005 
"8 Great Gift Ideas For The Home Renovator"
By Paul Biachina

"Building an Affordable House: Trade Secrets to High-Value, Low- Cost Construction" (Fernando Pages Ruiz, Taunton Press, suggested retail $24.95): This book is unique in its focus on how to save money while still creating a top-quality home. Written by an experienced contractor who is known for his cost control techniques, you'll discover any number of practical tips on how to save money when building a house or doing significant repairs or remodeling. Every aspect of the home is covered, from top to bottom.

Mother Earth

 “An excellent book on affordable housing, this book gives you the insider techniques used everyday by the best homebuilders in the country to save thousands of dollars on the cost of every home they build.”



By Barbara Ballinger

Published April 3, 2005


Fernando Pages Ruiz, builder and author of "Building an Affordable House:
Trade Secrets for High-Value, Low-Cost Construction" (Taunton Press, 2005).
I'm excited about ways to incorporate cost-saving techniques in new construction and remodeling projects, including plastic laminate in lots of color, including a metallic hue, for walls and countertops in the same room; steel tubing that's painted and simulates high-end industrial cable; high-end carpet spliced together with less expensive carpet so you can't differentiate what's what; high-density fiberboard that's primed well to duplicate expensive crown molding, but also doesn't warp like large wood molding can and is lighter in weight.

Reviews Written by R. Parti (NorCal)

Best construction book on the market
April 9, 2005

As a residential designer of green homes I am always struggling with showing my clients how building green is a good investment. This book gives you the information you need to make a strong resource efficient home that saves the client money.

I will be using the information in this book for the rest of my career. Everyone in the building trades owes it to themselves, their clients and the planet to read this book and implement its techniques. With any luck this book will also help to change the archaic building codes which infest the building department of every county and city in the US.

Buy it and encourage your building associates to buy it too! You will be so glad you did.


Pacific Modern Homes

Building an Affordable House is a very useful book, full of examples and suggestions about how to build your new home more economically. The approaches to construction outlined in the book are NOT about sweat equity, purchasing schemes or unproven technologies. The book is about hard-nosed approaches to saving money, through knowledge and better construction techniques.


From Builders Booksource:

It will be interesting to see if this book is the "sleeper" we think it is. Everyone who's concerned with making houses affordable and sustainable should jump and buy this new book.

There has got to be a better way

David Crosby, Writer/Builder

As a builder, I have often looked at a set of drawings, or a budget versus job cost report, and thought to myself, "There has got to be a better way." I could only wonder how much time and money the inevitable scheduling problems, subcontractor conflicts, and ever-growing trash pile was costing me.  I knew that our practices were wasting time, money, materials, and resources, and that ultimately we would all pay for it. But understanding that there is a problem is a long way from knowing what to do about it. Earlier in my career, I would have paid dearly for the knowledge contained in this book. Come to think of it, I did.


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