The Everything Home Building Book: Build Your Dream Home

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Everything Books, Apr 8, 2004 - House & Home - 304 pages
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Don't settle for someone else's idea of a dream home -- build your own! The Everything Homebuilding Book provides you with all you need to know about the process -- from creating a design and finding a location to selecting materials and managing costs. Whether you plan to hire a contractor or do the work yourself, this step-by-step guide shows you how to save money, avoid delays, and construct a home that fits your specific needs. Filled with professional advice and experienced insights, The Everything Homebuilding Book helps you avoid the pitfalls so you can create the perfect home for your family. Whether this is your first home or just the first one you're building on your own, The Everything Homebuilding Book is your resource for realizing the American Dream. Book jacket.
 

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Contents

Your Dream Home
1
Reasons to Build Your Own Home
2
Types of Houses
4
Be Realistic
6
Deciding What You Want
9
Get Organized Now
10
Choosing the Right Contractor
13
The Contractors Job
14
Framing for Special Features
133
The Exterior
135
Wall Sheathing
136
Horizontal Vinyl Siding
139
Brick and Stucco
141
Plywood Siding
142
Other Sidings
143
Painting the Exterior
145

Licensing Considerations
16
Hiring a Contractor
17
Working with the Contractor
19
Be Your Own Contractor
20
Hiring Subcontractors
22
Paying for It All
25
Estimating Costs
26
Finding a Lender
28
Ways to Improve Your Chances
30
The Construction Loan
32
The Home Mortgage
33
MoneySaving Tips
35
Legal Details
37
Building Permits
38
Zoning Laws
39
Contracts
40
Change Order
42
Inspections
43
Liens
45
Insurance
46
Designing Your Home
49
Putting Your Ideas to Work
50
Thinking Ahead
52
How to Make Your Home Energy Efficient
53
Hiring an Architect
55
Purchasing Stock Plans
56
Understanding House Plans
58
Selecting a Location
65
City? Country? Or Somewhere in Between?
66
Location Considerations
68
Finding Available Lots
70
Evaluating the Lot
71
Matching Land to Lifestyle
72
Cost Considerations
74
The Tools You Need
77
Hand Tools
78
Power Tools
80
Specialized Tools
83
Shopping for Tools
84
Tool Totes
86
Safety Issues
87
Laying the Foundation
89
Preparing the Site
90
Clearing and Excavating
91
Foundation Fundamentals
93
Types of Foundations
95
Pouring the Footings
97
Building Foundation Walls
98
Waterproofing and Other Considerations
100
Working with Concrete
103
Concrete Basics
104
Basements
106
Garages
107
Concrete Patios
109
Sidewalks
111
Driveways
112
Types of Finishes
113
Framing
115
The Sills
116
Floor Framing
118
Installing Subflooring
123
Wall Framing
125
Door and Window Framing
128
Roof Framing
130
Roofing
147
Styles of Roofs
148
The Overhang
149
Roof Sheathing
151
Sealing the Roof
152
Flashing
153
Installing Roofing Material
156
Dont Forget the Gutters
159
Electrical and Plumbing
161
Electrical Materials
162
Understanding the Electrical System
164
Wiring the House
165
Safety Issues
169
Installing Plumbing
171
Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning
173
Understanding the HVAC System
174
Selecting a System
176
Ductwork
179
Registers
180
Installing Additional Ventilation
181
Insulation and Sealing
185
Housewraps
186
Types of Insulation
187
Insulating Walls and Ceilings
189
Insulating Floors
192
Insulating Small Spaces and Around Obstacles
194
Vapor Barriers
195
Windows and Doors
197
Types of Windows
198
Installing the Windows
201
Types of Doors
203
Installing Exterior Doors
206
Installing Interior Doors
208
Trimming Windows and Doors
209
Within These Four Walls
211
Drywall
212
Cabinets
219
Countertops
221
Appliances
222
Baseboard Trim
223
Closet Shelving
225
Flooring
227
Finish Flooring
228
Vinyl Floors
229
Wood Floors
234
Ceramic Tile
239
Carpeting
243
Finishing Touches
245
Hiring an Interior Designer
246
Buying Furniture
247
Painting the Walls and Ceilings
249
Wallpapering
252
Paneling
255
The Little Things
256
Decks
259
Planning for a Deck
260
Ledger and Foundation
261
Constructing the Deck
265
Building the Stairs
267
Railings
271
Homebuilding Resources
274
Glossary
275
Index
283
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Lesley Bolton is a freelance writer and publishing professional with over six years of publishing experience. She is also the author of The Complete Book of Baby Names, The Everything Guide to Writing Children's Books, and The Everything Psychology Book. She lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

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