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The Classic Blueprint for Do-It-Yourself Homebuilders Updated to Reflect the Latest Materials, Techniques, and Options!

Covering everything from hiring the right vendors to choosing fixtures, this information-packed guide is a step-by-step roadmap for building a new home or remodeling an existing one. The heavily-revised Fourth Edition focuses on the latest technologies, materials, money-saving options, and environmentallyfriendly methods, allowing homeowners to save money, get ...

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Overview

The Classic Blueprint for Do-It-Yourself Homebuilders Updated to Reflect the Latest Materials, Techniques, and Options!

Covering everything from hiring the right vendors to choosing fixtures, this information-packed guide is a step-by-step roadmap for building a new home or remodeling an existing one. The heavily-revised Fourth Edition focuses on the latest technologies, materials, money-saving options, and environmentallyfriendly methods, allowing homeowners to save money, get more for their money, maximize their usable space, decrease maintenance costs, and choose from an exciting array of new options.

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: 9780830675845
  • Publisher: T A B Books
  • Publication date: 2/1/1991
  • Edition description: 2nd ed
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 450

Meet the Author

Richard M. Scutella (Erie, PA) has written several books on new construction, home buying, home maintenance, and safety, including both editions of Homebuyer's Checklist. He has designed and supervised the construction of many new homes, and is a member of the Handyman Club of America and the Quikrete Company's Home Projects Council.

Dave Heberle (Erie, PA) is the author of McGraw-Hill's Construction Safety Manual, and co-author of all three previous editions of How to Plan, Contract and Build Your Own Home. He's written numerous articles on home-building, and is a former realtor who has also designed and built homes. He currently is a consultant on environmental safety and health issues.

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Table of Contents

Part 1: What to Build

Chapter 1: A House Divided

Chapter 2: House Styles and Types

Chapter 3: Traffic Zoning and Planning

Chapter 4: Size Planning

Chapter 5: Prints and Drawings
Part 2: How to Build It

Chapter 6: Footers and Foundations

Chapter 7: Floor Framing

Chapter 8: Wall Framing

Chapter 9: Roof Framing

Chapter 10: Roof Exterior Finishing

Chapter 11: Exterior Wall Finishing

Chapter 12: Stairs

Chapter 13: Windows

Chapter 14: Doors

Chapter 15: Garages

Chapter 16: Fireplaces

Chapter 17: Plumbing

Chapter 18: Electric

Chapter 19: Lighting

Chapter 20: Heating and Cooling

Chapter 21: Insulation

Chapter 22: Wall Covering and Trim

Chapter 23: Burglar-Proofing Your Home

Chapter 24: Bathrooms

Chapter 25: Kitchens

Chapter 26: Floor Coverings

Chapter 27: Home Offices and Work Spaces
Part 3: Where to Build It

Chapter 28: City, Suburbia, or Country?

Chapter 29: Selecting a Building Site

Chapter 30: Orientation, Positioning and Landscaping

Chapter 31: Driveways, Sidewalks and Patios
Part 4: Who Should Build It?

Chapter 32: Selecting a Contractor

Chapter 33: Working with Your Contractor
Part 5: Moving In

Chapter 34: Setting Up Your Maintenance Program

Chapter 35: The Final Inspection
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