The Everything Home Building Book: Build Your Dream Home

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Don't settle for someone else's idea of a dream home -- build your own! The Everything Homebuilding Book provides you with all you need to know about the process -- from creating a design and finding a location to selecting materials and managing costs. Whether you plan to hire a contractor or do the work yourself, this step-by-step guide shows you how to save money, avoid delays, and construct a home that fits your specific needs. Filled with professional advice and experienced insights, The Everything ...
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Overview

Don't settle for someone else's idea of a dream home -- build your own! The Everything Homebuilding Book provides you with all you need to know about the process -- from creating a design and finding a location to selecting materials and managing costs. Whether you plan to hire a contractor or do the work yourself, this step-by-step guide shows you how to save money, avoid delays, and construct a home that fits your specific needs. Filled with professional advice and experienced insights, The Everything Homebuilding Book helps you avoid the pitfalls so you can create the perfect home for your family. Whether this is your first home or just the first one you're building on your own, The Everything Homebuilding Book is your resource for realizing the American Dream.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593370374
  • Publisher: Adams Media Corporation
  • Publication date: 5/2/2004
  • Series: Everything Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 8.08 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

Top Ten Benefits of Building Your Own Home x
Introduction xi
1 Your Dream Home 1
Reasons to Build Your Own Home 2
Types of Houses 4
Be Realistic 6
Deciding What You Want 9
Get Organized Now 10
2 Choosing the Right Contractor 13
The Contractor's Job 14
Licensing Considerations 16
Hiring a Contractor 17
Working with the Contractor 19
Be Your Own Contractor 20
Hiring Subcontractors 22
3 Paying for It All 25
Estimating Costs 26
Finding a Lender 28
Ways to Improve Your Chances 30
The Construction Loan 32
The Home Mortgage 33
Money-Saving Tips 35
4 Legal Details 37
Building Permits 38
Zoning Laws 39
Contracts 40
Change Order 42
Inspections 43
Liens 45
Insurance 46
5 Designing Your Home 49
Putting Your Ideas to Work 50
Thinking Ahead 52
How to Make Your Home Energy Efficient 53
Hiring an Architect 55
Purchasing Stock Plans 56
Understanding House Plans 58
Saving Money with Design 58
6 Selecting a Location 65
City? Country? Or Somewhere in Between? 66
Location Considerations 68
Finding Available Lots 70
Evaluating the Lot 71
Matching Land to Lifestyle 72
Cost Considerations 74
7 The Tools You Need 77
Hand Tools 78
Power Tools 80
Specialized Tools 83
Shopping for Tools 84
Tool Totes 86
Safety Issues 87
8 Laying the Foundation 89
Preparing the Site 90
Clearing and Excavating 91
Foundation Fundamentals 93
Types of Foundations 95
Pouring the Footings 97
Building Foundation Walls 98
Waterproofing and Other Considerations 100
Backfilling 100
9 Working with Concrete 103
Concrete Basics 104
Basements 106
Garages 107
Concrete Patios 109
Sidewalks 111
Driveways 112
Types of Finishes 113
10 Framing 115
The Sills 116
Floor Framing 118
Installing Subflooring 123
Wall Framing 125
Door and Window Framing 128
Roof Framing 130
Framing for Special Features 133
11 The Exterior 135
Wall Sheathing 136
Horizontal Vinyl Siding 139
Brick and Stucco 141
Plywood Siding 142
Other Sidings 143
Painting the Exterior 145
12 Roofing 147
Styles of Roofs 148
The Overhang 149
Roof Sheathing 151
Sealing the Roof 152
Flashing 153
Installing Roofing Material 156
Don't Forget the Gutters 159
13 Electrical and Plumbing 161
Electrical Materials 162
Understanding the Electrical System 164
Wiring the House 165
Safety Issues 169
Understanding the Plumbing System 169
Installing Plumbing 171
14 Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning 173
Understanding the HVAC System 174
Selecting a System 176
Ductwork 179
Registers 180
Installing Additional Ventilation 181
15 Insulation and Sealing 185
Housewraps 186
Types of Insulation 187
Insulating Walls and Ceilings 189
Insulating Floors 192
Insulating Small Spaces and Around Obstacles 194
Vapor Barriers 195
16 Windows and Doors 197
Types of Windows 198
Installing the Windows 201
Types of Doors 203
Installing Exterior Doors 206
Installing Interior Doors 208
Trimming Windows and Doors 209
17 Within These Four Walls 211
Drywall 212
Cabinets 219
Countertops 221
Appliances 222
Baseboard Trim 223
Closet Shelving 225
18 Flooring 227
Finish Flooring 228
Vinyl Floors 229
Wood Floors 234
Ceramic Tile 239
Carpeting 243
19 Finishing Touches 245
Hiring an Interior Designer 246
Buying Furniture 247
Painting the Walls and Ceilings 249
Wallpapering 252
Paneling 255
The Little Things 256
20 Decks 259
Planning for a Deck 260
Ledger and Foundation 261
Constructing the Deck 265
Building the Stairs 267
Railings 271
Weatherproofing 271
Appendix A Homebuilding Resources 274
Appendix B Glossary 275
Index 283
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