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Housebuilding: A Do-It-Yourself Guide, Revised & Expanded

by R. J. DeCristoforo, Mary DeCristoforo
     
 
Housebuilding has always been the book of choice for prospective home builders—and with this extensive, thoughtful revision, it becomes a resource readers will continue to depend on for years to come. In addition to showcasing 800 exciting new full-color illustrations and more than 50 color photographs, an improved two-column design makes the text easier

Overview

Housebuilding has always been the book of choice for prospective home builders—and with this extensive, thoughtful revision, it becomes a resource readers will continue to depend on for years to come. In addition to showcasing 800 exciting new full-color illustrations and more than 50 color photographs, an improved two-column design makes the text easier to follow. Photo captions—not in previous editions—allow readers to browse through quickly. Also included for the first time: a chapter on environmentally friendly building alternatives; increased emphasis on safety; information on modern cordless tools; updated techniques, materials, and standards; energy-efficient options, from structural insulated panels to radiant floor heating; a current appendix of major manufacturers, resources, and websites; and much, much more.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Do-it-yourselfers will find everything they need to know…”—Publishers Weekly.

“It’s still one of the easiest books to follow...It outlines how to get from planning to completion.”—Washington Post.

Library Journal

Revised and updated since its initial 1977 release, this large book encompasses a broad topic well. With an emphasis on preparation, the late DeCristoforo coaches the amateur builder through the process of housebuilding. While lacking in detailed step-by-step illustrations, the solid text compensates: this primer is chock-full of sound advice and instruction. All illustrations have been replaced from the earlier editions, and new construction materials and related techniques have been added. While the reader is advised that systems like wiring and plumbing are best left to the professionals, we nevertheless get layout and overview (also included is a short introduction on green building). This comprehensive book addresses principles and practices of home construction masterfully. Recommended for all collections.


—Karen Ellis

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402743160
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
06/01/2007
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
720
Sales rank:
327,188
Product dimensions:
7.38(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.90(d)

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