The Complete Idiot's Guide to Building Your Own Home, 3rd Edition

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Overview

There's no feeling of accomplishment like having built your own dream house.

This clear, concise, up-to-date blueprint for every aspect of the home building process answers all major questions. The new edition takes the reader from figuring a budget to finding labor and materials. Readers will discover how to be one's own general contractor; the pros and cons of myriad options; and sample bid forms, project schedules, estimating worksheets, contractor agreements, and other forms not in the previous edition. Plus, there are 100 additional illustrations to enhance reader understanding.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592576661
  • Publisher: Alpha Books
  • Publication date: 11/6/2007
  • Series: Complete Idiot's Guide Series
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.74 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Dan Ramsey is a general contractor and author of more than 20 books for homebuilders and buyers, including The Complete Idiot's GuideĀ® to Finishing Your Basement, and The Complete Idiot's GuideĀ® to Remodeling Your Bath. He has extensive remodeling experience and also has worked as a successful real estate agent.
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Table of Contents

I. ME, BUILD A HOME?

1. Nailing the Real World of Housing.
The Truth Will Set You Free! Why Build Your Own Home? You Can Build Your Own Home. What Do You Want? Do You Have the Money? Surviving the Process.

2. Sticks and Stones: How Homes Are Built.
Rolling Out the Plans. Who's the Boss? General Contractor. The Unseen Lender. Ready: Site Prep and Foundation. Set: Subfloor and Framing. Go!: Exterior and Barriers. Utilities. Interior Finish. Final Inspections. Final Touches: The Yard.

3. Exploring Your Housing Options.
Stick-Built: Conventional Housing Construction. Lots of Options: Nonconventional Housing. Off-Site Built Homes. Selecting the Best Housing Option.

4. Who Wants to Be a Thousandaire?: Home Savings.
What's in Your Wallet?: Estimating Costs. Money-Saving Strategies. Saving on Contractors. Saving on Suppliers. Computers and Software Programs. Are You Insured?

II. DESIGNING AND PAYING FOR YOUR HOME.

5. How Many Bedrooms?: Designing Your Own Home.
Getting Ideas. Assessing Needs and Wants. Life Is Compromise. Think Resale Value. Architects Do It by Design. House #12940267: Using Stock Plan Services. Do-It-Yourself Plans. The Best-Laid Plans.

6. Making Your Home Energy Efficient.
Back to the Drawing Board:Designing for Efficiency. Understanding Heating and Cooling Systems. Saving Energy with Smart Materials. Using the Latest Ideas.

7. Where to Live: Choosing a Location.
Where?: Thinking About It. Considering Your Location Options. What Are You Moving In To? I'm Your New Neighbor! I'm Okay, You're Okay: Making Compromises.

8. Selecting a Building Site.
Where, Oh Where? Is the Lot Buildable? And Other Burning Questions. What's It Cost to Build Here? Fair Market Price. Plunking Down the Money. What Happens Now?

9. Wallet Blues: Estimating Construction Costs.
How Much Is That Shanty with a Window? Making a List, Checking It Twice. You Can Quote Me! What Am I to Bid? Scheduling for Success. The Right Tools.

10. Financing Your New Home.
Anything to Declare? Assets and Liabilities. Understanding Lenders. How Loans Are Processed. Negotiating the Best Loan. That's a Wrap!

III. HIRING SOME HELP.

11. Codes, Permits, and Legal Stuff.
Deciphering Codes. Getting Your Building Permits. The Legal Side of Building.

12. Hiring a Contractor.
What Does It Take to Be a GC? Picking Your Partner. Calling for Bids. Getting Your GC to Work Hard for You. Your Relationship with the GC. Builder Beware.

13. Being Your Own Contractor.
Can You Really Be Your Own GC? Do You Really Want to Do This? Working with Inspectors. Getting Adequate Insurance Coverage.

14. Hiring Subcontractors and Laborers.
Hiring the Best and the Brightest. Making Sure Your Contractor Is Licensed. Finding Qualified Contractors. Motivating Your Contractors to Do Their Best. Managing Contractors Day to Day. Hiring Good Laborers.

15. Two-Off-Ten: Hiring Suppliers.
What Suppliers Do You Need? Drafting a Good Architect. Calculating a Qualified Engineer. Hiring a Materials Supplier. Keeping Your Suppliers Working Hard.

IV. CONSTRUCTING YOUR HOME.

16. What Goes Where?: Planning Construction.
Plan Hard, Work Easy. Murphy, the Contractor. Murphy, the Sub. Murphy, the Inspector. Murphy, the Supplier. Murphy, the Lender. Job Site Rules.

17. On Your Mark: Site Preparation.
Safety. Storing Materials. Surveying. Clearing. Locating Structures. Planning for Utilities. Site Prep Resources.

18. Excavation and Foundation.
Excavating for the Foundation. Laying Out the Foundation. Framing the Foundation. Mixing Concrete. Pouring Concrete. Building Blocks Walls. Installing Piers. Making the Connection. Installing Good Drainage. Excavating for Septic Systems. Excavation and Foundation Resources.

19. Floors and Decks.
Floor Materials. Installing Sills. Installing Underfloor Buildup. Installing Girders. Installing Joists and Bridging. Installing Subflooring. Second Floor. Framing Decks, Garages, and Outbuildings. Flooring and Deck Resources.

20. Taking Shape: Framing.
Framing Materials. Framing Walls. Framing Doors and Windows. Special Framing Considerations. Framing Roofs. Framing Stairs. Post-and-Beam Framing. Framing Garages and Outbuildings. Framing Resources.

21. Closure Is Good: Exterior.
Exterior Materials. Installing Wood Siding. Installing Masonry Veneer. Roofing. Cornice and Soffits. Installing Gutters. Painting Your Home's Exterior. Exterior Resources.

22. Power to the People: Services.
Checking the Master Service Plan. Selecting Utility Materials. Installing Electrical Service, Lighting, Appliances. Installing Plumbing and Related Services. Installing HVAC Systems. Installing Other Systems. Services Resources

23. Somebody Get the Door: Interior.
Selecting Materials for the Inside. Insulating Your Home. Installing Drywall and Plaster. Installing Doors, Windows, and Trim. Installing Finish Flooring. Installing Cabinetry and Countertops. Interior Resources.

24. Decorating Finishing Touches.
Making Your House a Home. Beautifying with Trim. Painting the Interior. Adding Lighting. Installing Appliances. Selecting Furniture. Adding the Finishing Touches. Decorating Resources.

25. Ready for Occupancy.
Getting Inspected. Cleaning Up the Place. Getting the Occupancy Permit. Ordering Utility Services. Walking Through One More Time. Preparing to Move In. Occupancy Resources.

26. Outdoor Options.
Planning Your Home's Landscaping. Selecting Outdoor Materials. Landscaping Your New Home. Building Good Fences. Expanding Your Home with a Deck. Installing a Pool. Other Buildings. Installing the Driveway. Making Walks and Paths. Outdoor Resources.

V. APPENDIXES.

Appendix A. Home Construction Glossary.
Appendix B. Home Construction Resources.
Index.
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