So... You Want To Build a House: A Complete Workbook for Building Your Own Home


Build your dream house without getting a headache!

From selecting the property and meeting with an architect through resale considerations and construction, So You Want to Build a House walks you through every step of the building process painlessly, on-time, and on-budget.

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Build your dream house without getting a headache!

From selecting the property and meeting with an architect through resale considerations and construction, So You Want to Build a House walks you through every step of the building process painlessly, on-time, and on-budget.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071474931
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/26/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 108
  • Sales rank: 564,573
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

J. M. Gore is a licensed real estate broker. She owns and operates her own real estate agency and construction firm.

William Null has owned and operated his own development and construction company and has worked as a construction superintendent for major homebuilders in the St. Louis, Missouri, area for more than 20 years. He has managed the construction of more than 50 homes at a time and has an impeccable record for finishing homes on time and on budget.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1: The Startling Truth

Chapter 2: Purchasing the Property

Chapter 3: Consulting a Realtor

Chapter 4: Meeting with an Architect

Chapter 5: Going to the Bank

Chapter 6: Guidelines for Building a Remarketable Home

Chapter 7: Hard Costs versus Soft Costs

Chapter 8: Learning to Spread Your Budget Over the Cost of the House

Chapter 9: Getting the Estimates

Chapter 10: How to Use the Workbook

Chapter 11: Creating Your Construction Schedule

Chapter 12: What You Can Do to Save Money

Chapter 13: Frequently Asked Questions
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2006

    Drop that change order now!

    J.M. Gore, a realtor, & William Null, a builder, have written a very helpful book. From the introduction--where you learn the importance of gathering information to make decisions, staying in your budget, and avoiding delays--to the comprehensive workbook (plenty of room for schedules, materials, subcontractors, etc.) and index, this is a useful book and it also includes samples of the various forms you'll work with. The authors cover the basics of surveys, soil testing, easements, architects, house plans/blueprints, construction loans, liens, hard & soft costs, the importance of the value of houses in your neighborhood, resale and upgrades values, etc. and they list and discuss the things that add to your construction cost: roof pitch, gables, plumbing and wiring, ceilings, fixtures, cabinetry, flooring, and change orders! Having written a book myself about building a house, Building a Cool House for Hot Times without Scorching the Pocketbook, I was impressed by their book. They cover what you need to know, while pointing out that each house is unique, and they include examples of problems that other homeowners have had to deal with. I learned a lot, including some pitfalls I missed, fortunately. I'm keeping this book for building my next house.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2006

    This book saved me $50,000!

    My bank suggested I get this book after we started building our house because it looked like we were going way over budget. I followed the simple suggestions and was able to get back on budget. The forms provided are easy to use and my bank was well-pleased with my savings and being able to get within my approved loan amount. I'll recommend this book to everyone who even thinks about building anytime anywhere.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2006

    For anyone who's considering a residential construction project...

    With the seemingly endless upward trend of real estate pricing, potential homeowners are constantly on the lookout for cost-cutting tips and organizational ideas to help them make the right decisions during the construction of their 'customized dream house.' And this title, 'So... You Want to Build a House,' by J. M. Gore and William Null does just that by providing readers with useful information about subjects such as: the 'perfect house ' consulting with realtors, architects, and subs controlling both hard and soft expenses finding the value of an upgrade learning how that 'one little change' can impact the overall outcome and more. But the book also helps guide the reader through the complicated process of building by including over a dozen worksheets specifically designed to help with the planning, budgeting, and building process--covering most every stage from the purchase of the land all the way through to the closing. With all of this workbook's tips and insight, this proves to be a helpful text for anyone who may be considering a home building project (even though the inclusion of an additional set of the planning sheets or duplicates would have been appreciated). But overall, 'So... You Want to Build a House' is still a solid workbook and a great reference for anyone who's even thinking about any kind of residential project (whether they're building by themselves or through a professional)! Good Job!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2006

    Short, sweet, and to the point

    This book is a practical tool, a reference guide rather than a cumbersome read. We have been contemplating building on our property for some time. The veteran of many home repairs and a couple of complete kitchen renovations, SYWTBAH is exactly the tool I needed to answer those 'who do I contact and what do I do first, second...' questions about building from the ground up. Between my time and the authors' detailed logs and schedules, I expect to save thousands doing much of the legwork myself, perhaps by hiring a competent, trusted construction superintendent instead of paying a general contractor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2006

    What You Really Need to Know About Building Your House

    AS a construction project manager and author, myself, of a book on that subject ('Get Paid for a Change', subtitled, 'The Contractor's Blueprint for turning Extra Work into Extra Money--through Change Orders', I was very interested in this book. I live construction project management every day, and really am aware of what happens on virtually every building project: changes to the original design and unanticipated site conditions. In fact, this is so prevalent that my columns 'Full Contact Project Management' are carried in four trade magazines, and is also available on the website as fullcontactPM. To that end, this book is a real help to the would-be owner-builder. I believe that you can never have too much information on a subject, particularly when you are about to risk your own money on it! This book will go a long ways toward helping you make informed decisions. Even if you just decide after reading this book that you are NOT going to build it yourself, but will hire a builder, or that you should hire a superintendent, you will soon realize that the $20 you invested in this book paid huge dividends. You really need this book! Gary Micheloni

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