Designing Your Dream Home: Every Question to Ask, Every Detail to Consider, and Everything to Know Before You Build or Remodel

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Thomas Nelson Inc, Apr 15, 2008 - House & Home - 386 pages
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You can have the home of your dreams!

This comprehensive guide walks you through every decision and addresses all the details that most homeowners don't even know to consider.

In this step-by-step, room-by-room handbook, Susan Lang considers every aspect of your homebuilding or remodeling project, such as how to

  • Hire the right architect, interior designer, and builder
  • Design each room to perfectly fit your family's lifestyle
  • Plan ahead so all your storage needs are met
  • Determine the perfect placement for light fixtures, switches, and electrical outlets
  • Save money by avoiding costly design revisions or building change orders

You'll find helpful forms and checklists that will keep you organized and assist you in clarifying your needs. And if you're worried that building your dream home might turn into a nightmare, Designing Your Dream Home covers the most common mistakes that homeowners make and shows you how to avoid them. Susan Lang has thought of everything, so you won't have to.

 

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Contents

Getting Started and Staying Organized
1
Hiring Your Team
27
Purchasing Land a Home or a Condominium
51
How to Be Prepared When Working with Your Architect
63
The Rooms in Your House
87
Ceilings Doors Floors Lighting Walls and Windows
205
Electrical HVAC and Plumbing
219
Hardware and StoneTile
231
Shopping Forms
279
EntireHome Selection Forms
303
Building Basics
335
Forms and the Binders They Go In
348
Standard Measurements and Dimensions
352
Abbreviations Used in Architectural Plans
356
Basic Architectural Symbols
359
Glossary
361

Special Considerations
255
Reviewing Architectural Plans
265
Bibliography
371
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