Building Your Own Home

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Penguin, 2002 - House & Home - 253 pages
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A clear, concise, up-to-date guide on all aspects of deciding, designing, hiring, financing, building, and enjoying a home that's really your own.

-- Covers all aspects of the home building process, from deciding what kind of house to build, to designing it, planning it, hiring the people to build it, and financing it.

-- Less intimidating than many do-it-yourself books which are 600+ pages and either assume some knowledge of the home building process or are geared towards those who plan to do some of the actual constructing themselves.

-- Written by an experienced consumer rather than a contractor, banker, realtor, or other biased author.

The Complete Idiot's Guide "RM" to Building Your Own Home is a clear, concise, up-to-date guide on every aspect of the home building process. It answers every question readers have about building a custom residence-and a few questions they may not have considered. With clear instructions and illustrations, this book takes readers through every step of the home-building process from figuring a budget to finding labor and materials to all aspects of home construction. Whether they plan to build it all themselves, build some and hire some done, or hire it all done to their specifications, The Complete Idiot's Guide "RM" to Building Your Own Home will do the job.

  

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Contents

Nailing the Real World of Housing
3
Sticks and Stones How Homes Are Built
11
Exploring Your Housing Options
23
Who Wants to Be a Thousandaire? Home Savings
31
Designing and Paying for Your Home
39
How Many Bedrooms? Designing Your Own Home
41
Making Your Home Energy Efficient
51
Where to Live Choosing a Location
59
Constructing Your Home
125
What Goes Where? Planning Construction
127
On Your Mark Site Preparation
135
Excavation and Foundation
143
Floors and Decks
153
Taking Shape Framing
161
Closure Is Good Exterior
171
Power to the People Services
181

Selecting a Building Site
67
Wallet Blues Estimating Construction Costs
73
Financing Your New Home
83
Hiring Some Help
91
Codes Permits and Legal Stuff
93
Hiring a Contractor
99
Being Your Own Contractor
105
Hiring Subcontractors and Laborers
111
TwoOffTen Hiring Suppliers
119
Somebody Get the Door Interior
191
Decorating Finishing Touches
199
Ready for Occupancy
207
Outdoor Options
213
Home Construction Glossary
221
Home Construction Resources
239
Index
247
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About the author (2002)

Dan Ramsey is the author of more than 20 books for home builders and buyers, including builder's construction guides, contractor business guides, kit home construction, and homeowner remodeling and repair books. Dan also wrote two editions of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Trouble-Free Car Care (Alpha Books). Many of his books are available on the Internet at www.MulliganPress.com. Additional resources on building your home are available at www.MulliganPress.com/byoh/.

Dan has extensive remodeling experience and has also worked as a successful real estate agent. He recently supervised the design, siting, construction, and move-in of his parents' new home in northern California.

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