The Real Goods Independent Builder: Designing & Building a House Your Own Way

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Chelsea Green Publishing, 1996 - House & Home - 522 pages
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This is a comprehensive manual of design and building methods for owner-builders as well as professional builders and their clients. In addition to presenting specific building techniques, the book explains the design principles and planning processes that underlie all good building, so that readers can develop their own exceptional designs, independently.

Independent Builder develops subjects not covered thoroughly in other books, but critical to success:

  • Designing small houses that seem big
  • Understanding innovation
  • Estimating and controlling costs
  • Incorporating ergonomics and accessibility
  • Doing drawings and scale models
  • Making contracts that work

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Clark, a carpenter, designer, and builder with over 25 years' experience, has revised and expanded his earlier Designing and Building Your House Your Own Way (Chelsea Green, 1978) to reflect recent ... Read full review



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Sam Clark is a builder who has worked with owner-builders since the late 1960's. His book Designing and Building Your Own House Your Own Way helped thousands of people manage their building projects. He is also the author of The Motion-Minded Kitchen , and co-author (with Margaret Wylde and Adrian Baron-Robbins) of Building For a Lifetime . Sam works with Iron Bridge Woodworkers and with The Buildings Group (accessible design and facilities planning), both based in Plainfield, Vermont. He also has his own design company

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