How to Plan, Contract, and Build Your Own Home, Fifth Edition: Green Edition

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The All-in-One Custom Homebuilders Guide—Fully Updated with the Latest Green Construction Methods

How to Plan, Contract, and Build Your Own Home, fifth edition, gives you the information you need during every step of the homebuilding process—from selecting materials to designing the rooms to working with a contractor. Featuring practical, cost-effective ways of planning, designing, and building energy-efficient homes, the book presents money- ...

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Overview

The All-in-One Custom Homebuilders Guide—Fully Updated with the Latest Green Construction Methods

How to Plan, Contract, and Build Your Own Home, fifth edition, gives you the information you need during every step of the homebuilding process—from selecting materials to designing the rooms to working with a contractor. Featuring practical, cost-effective ways of planning, designing, and building energy-efficient homes, the book presents money- and energy-saving options in every chapter.

This thoroughly revised reference explains how you can implement many of the green construction strategies that make up the U.S. Green Building Council's award-winning Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) guidelines. Written by experienced instructors and builders, this is the most complete planning and homebuilding resource available.

Learn how to:

  • Select the building site that best suits your project
  • Determine floor plans and types of construction, foundations, framing, and finishing
  • Use energy-efficient electric, lighting, heating, cooling, and insulation
  • Choose the best quality floors, wall coverings, fixtures, and appliances for your budget
  • Integrate green construction systems, components, and materials throughout your home
  • Include amenities such as decks, patios, gazebos, sidewalks, and driveways
  • Find and work with an established, skilled, and reliable contractor

An invaluable source of information, advice, and inspiration, this expanded second edition features new material on the planning and purchase of major appliances, garage designs and enhancements, plumbing and electrical wiring, energy-saving lighting options, home safety and security measures, and much more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071603300
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/27/2010
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 912
  • Sales rank: 498,171
  • Product dimensions: 7.64 (w) x 11.04 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard M. Scutella has written several books on new construction, home buying, home maintenance, and safety, including Homebuyer’s Checklist, Second Edition (Tab Books; 1993), and the first four editions of this book. He has designed and supervised the construction of many new homes.
Dave Heberle is the author of McGraw-Hill’s Construction Safety Manual and the co-author of the first four editions of this book. A former environmental and safety consultant, he currently manages investment real estate.

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Table of Contents

Part 1: The Green Home; Chapter 1. The Green Movement; Chapter 2. Green Home Construction Programs and Systems; Chapter 3. Green Construction Strategies; Chapter 4. Planning Your Home’s Design and Construction; Part 2: What To Build; Chapter 5. A House Divided; Chapter 6. House Styles and Types; Chapter 7. Traffic Planning and Zoning; Chapter 8. Size Planning; Chapter 9. Prints and Drawings; Part 3: How To Build It; Chapter 10. Green Materials and Products; Chapter 11. Footers and Foundations; Chapter 12. Floor Framing; Chapter 13. Wall Framing; Chapter 14. Roof Framing; Chapter 15. Roof Exterior Finishing; Chapter 16. Exterior Wall Finishing; Chapter 17. Stairs; Chapter 18. Windows; Chapter 19. Doors; Chapter 20. Garages; Chapter 21. Plumbing; Chapter 22. Electric; Chapter 23. Lighting; Chapter 24. Heating and Cooling; Chapter 25. Insulation; Chapter 26. Wall Covering and Trim; Chapter 27. Bathrooms; Chapter 28. Kitchens; Chapter 29. Floor Coverings; Chapter 30. Home Environmental Issues; Part 4: Where to Build It; Chapter 31. City, Suburbia, or Country; Chapter 32. Selecting a Building Site; Chapter 33. Orientation, Positioning, and Landscaping; Chapter 34. Driveways, Sidewalks, and Patios; Part 5: Who Should Build It; Chapter 35. Selecting a Contractor; Chapter 36. Working with Your Contractor; Chapter 37. Understanding How Everything Works and Setting Up Your Maintenance Program; Index

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