How to Plan, Contract and Build Your Own Home

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McGraw Hill Professional, Aug 11, 2005 - Architecture - 752 pages

The Classic Blueprint for Do-It-Yourself Homebuilders Updated to Reflect the Latest Materials,Techniques, and Options!

Covering everything from hiring the right vendors to choosing fixtures, this information-packed guide is a step-by-step roadmap for building a new home or remodeling an existing one. The heavily-revised Fourth Edition focuses on the latest technologies, materials, money-saving options, and environmentallyfriendly methods, allowing homeowners to save money, get more for their money, maximize their usable space, decrease maintenance costs, and choose from an exciting array of new options. With this book, homeowners will be able to:

  • Select and prepare a site
  • Make informed decisions about construction, framing, foundations and layouts
  • Plan for home office use
  • Design or remodel a home that will serve their specific needs, perform construction tasks safely and efficiently
  • Install the newest and most economical types of insulation, roofing, plumbing, and wiring
  • Build amenities such as decks and patios, sidewalks and driveways, make do it yourself vs. subcontracting decisions, plan their move

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Part 1 What to Build
Part 2 How to Build It
Part 3 Where to Build It

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Richard M. Scutella (Erie, PA) has written several books on new construction, home buying, home maintenance, and safety, including both editions of Homebuyer's Checklist. He has designed and supervised the construction of many new homes, and is a member of the Handyman Club of America and the Quikrete Company's Home Projects Council.

Dave Heberle (Erie, PA) is the author of McGraw-Hill's Construction Safety Manual, and co-author of all three previous editions of How to Plan, Contract and Build Your Own Home. He's written numerous articles on home-building, and is a former realtor who has also designed and built homes. He currently is a consultant on environmental safety and health issues.

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