Building Your Own Home For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 4, 2011 - House & Home - 384 pages
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Turn your dream of a custom home into reality!

Thinking about building your own home? This easy-to-follow guide shows you how to plan and build a beautiful home on any budget. From acquiring land to finding the best architect to overseeing the construction, you get lots of savvy tips on managing your new investment wisely -- and staying sane during the process!

Discover how to:
* Find the best homesite
* Navigate the plan approval process
* Obtain financing
* Hire the right contractor
* Cut design and construction costs
* Avoid common mistakes
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
on Custom Home Building
7
More Power to You 19 Analyzing the truth about savings 20 Finding and managing subs 21 Financing implications 21 Chapter 2 Preparing for the P...
23
The Custom Home Process in a Nutshell 9 Chapter 2 Preparing for the Process 23 Chapter 3 The Land Grab Selecting the Perfect Site
41
Defining Your House Style
63
Defining Your House Style 63 Chapter 5 Architects and Design Time Spent Is Money Saved
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Engineering and Plan Approval
109
All You Need Is Dough
123
Framing and Rough So Much Goes Behind
231
All the Kings Men The Contractor and His Cohorts 203 Chapter 12 Excavation and Foundation Getting a Solid Start 217 Chapter 13 Framing and Ro...
251
All the After Stuff
275
Refinancing More Money Cheaper Payments
287
Taking It Outside The Art of Landscaping
301
The Part of Tens 317 Chapter 18 Ten Common Custom Home Mistakes and How to Avoid Em
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Refinancing More Money Cheaper Payments 287 Chapter 17 Taking It Outside The Art of Landscaping 301 Part V The Part of Tens 317 Chapter 18...
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Ten Common StuckintheMiddle Problems and Their Fixes
331

Knowledge Is Power What You Dont Know
139
Qualifying Its the Banks Way or the Highway
161
Cash Is King Using Debt to Your Advantage 125 Chapter 8 Knowledge Is Power What You Dont Know
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Hammers and Nails
201
Excavation and Foundation Getting a Solid Start
217
Ten Helpful Custom Home Resources
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Ten Common StuckintheMiddle Problems and Their Fixes 331 Chapter 21 Ten Helpful Custom Home Resources 337 Chapter 22 Ten Ways to Make ...
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Index
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About the author (2011)

Kevin Daum has 22 years of experience in the real estate and mortgage industry. He is founder and CEO of Stratford Financial Services, and is the leading expert in custom home financing. Daum has financed more than 800 custom homes and has published numerous articles on construction financing,mortgage education, and entrepreneurship.

Janice Brewster served as editor of Log Home Living magazine for five years.  Brewster has been involved in the custom home industry for more than 10 years.

Peter Economy is Associate Editor for the Drucker Foundation's award-winning magazine Leader to Leader and a featured expert for AllBusiness.com. He's the coauthor of the books Leadership Ensemble: Lessons in Collaborative Management from the World's Only Conductorless Orchestra, Strategic Tools for Social Entrepreneurs: Enhancing the Performance of Your Enterprising Nonprofit, and many others, including Consulting For Dummies, Home-Based Business For Dummies, and Raising Capital For Dummies.

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