Building Your Own Home
A clear, concise, up-to-date guide on all aspects of deciding, designing, hiring, financing, building, and enjoying a home that's really your own.
-- Covers all aspects of the home building process, from deciding what kind of house to build, to designing it, planning it, hiring the people to build it, and financing it.
-- Less intimidating than many do-it-yourself books which are 600+ pages and either assume some knowledge of the home building process or are geared towards those who plan to do some of the actual constructing themselves.
-- Written by an experienced consumer rather than a contractor, banker, realtor, or other biased author.
The Complete Idiot's Guide "RM" to Building Your Own Home is a clear, concise, up-to-date guide on every aspect of the home building process. It answers every question readers have about building a custom residence-and a few questions they may not have considered. With clear instructions and illustrations, this book takes readers through every step of the home-building process from figuring a budget to finding labor and materials to all aspects of home construction. Whether they plan to build it all themselves, build some and hire some done, or hire it all done to their specifications, The Complete Idiot's Guide "RM" to Building Your Own Home will do the job.
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Nailing the Real World of Housing
Sticks and Stones How Homes Are Built
Exploring Your Housing Options
Who Wants to Be a Thousandaire? Home Savings
Designing and Paying for Your Home
How Many Bedrooms? Designing Your Own Home
Making Your Home Energy Efficient
Where to Live Choosing a Location
Constructing Your Home
What Goes Where? Planning Construction
On Your Mark Site Preparation
Excavation and Foundation
Floors and Decks
Taking Shape Framing
Closure Is Good Exterior
Power to the People Services
Selecting a Building Site
Wallet Blues Estimating Construction Costs
Financing Your New Home
Hiring Some Help
Codes Permits and Legal Stuff
Hiring a Contractor
Being Your Own Contractor
Hiring Subcontractors and Laborers
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