Before You Build: A Preconstruction Guide
House construction or house purchase, for most people, is the largest single expenditure made in a lifetime. This book provides the essential tool owner-builders have needed as a comprehensive guidebook and housebuilding checklist based on the experience of the recognised leaders in the field of "hands on" education in the country -- The Owner Builder Center in Berkeley, California.
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Buying the Land or Lot
Choosing the Site
The Solar Site Selector I
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