Expanding a house requires both inspiration and expertise, and that is just what the seasoned professionals from Fine Homebuilding magazine have provided in Building Additions. Through an eye-catching combination of text, illustration, and photos, they reveal the decisions, design ideas, and construction details involved in completing a wide range of home additions. From bay window bump-outs and basement remodels to sunrooms and second-story additions, readers get the kind of valuable insider expertise and hands-on techniques that guarantee top-notch results when adding on to a house.
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As a do-it-yourselfer who completed a 7 year remodel on a house that should have been buldozed, I have an idea of what I'm looking for in a home improvement book on additions and this book fills that need. Does it have everything you would possibly need? No, it does not attempt to cover electrical and some other things, but those are not the point of this book. If you are adding on, converting an attic to a room, adding dormers as I am considering, the techniques and illustrations in this book are very valuable and can be used like a bible to your project. I got mine at the libarary and it has provided such detail that I'm considering doing a project myself that I was going to have a contractor do. All the details are in here. There are multiple tips and techniques, and text as to why the certain design was chosen as well as other possible alternatives - things you seldom get in home improvement books. These sections are written by experinced pros and there are many learned 'best practices' in here worth the time reading or purchase price of this book. Fine Homebuilding is a great publication that goes beyond the cheapest and common methods to the best.
Supporting an Addition
Laying Up Concrete Block
A Builders Screen Porch
A Dining Deck
Adding a Sunroom with Porch
A Classic Sunroom
Keeping a Dormer Addition Clean and Dry
A Different Approach to Rafter Layout
A GableDormer Retrofit