Building an Affordable House: Trade Secrets to High-value, Low-cost Construction

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Taunton Press, 2005 - House & Home - 202 pages
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The first comprehensive guide of its kind, Building an Affordable House is for homeowners and building contractors who want to incorporate proven cost-saving techniques into their projects. Written by a contractor who has been nationally recognized for his innovative approach to cost control, this book shows readers how to generate significant savings on major projects such as building a new home or adding on to an existing one. The first section provides an economical approach to planning projects, while the second reveals the quality-conscious, cost-cutting strategies the author has uncovered through direct construction experience and extensive consultation with industry experts. The third section covers finish details from drywall to flooring, with emphasis on saving money without compromising quality or distinctive results. Handy features include floor plans, resource listings, and project management tools.
 

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Contents

Foreword
2
Building a Better
12
Chapter 3
18
Concrete Is the Traditional Choice
33
Chapter 4
54
Framing
62
Chapter 5
75
Less May Be Better
101
Heating Ventilation
119
Wiring and Light Fixtures
136
Insulation
146
Windows Doors Driveways
157
Interior Finish
176
Appendix 1
196
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About the author (2005)

Fernando Pages Ruiz has been building affordable homes for over 20 years. A Licensed General Contractor in California and Nebraska since 1984, he has run Brighton Construction Company, Inc., in Lincoln, Nebraska, since 1992. Since moving from Los Angeles to Lincoln, Ruiz has focused on affordable, high-quality housing and now build building approximately 30 homes a year.
Ruiz has also worked on National Public Radio and Pacifica. He is a Contributing Editor to "Yoga Journal," where one of his profiles was nominated for a Maggie Award by the Western Magazine Association. He has written for a wide variety of consumer publications on topics ranging from the physiology of consciousness to Latin American machismo. His first book with Taunton, "Building an Affordable House" published in 2005.

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