Tips & Traps for Building Decks, Patios, and Porches

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Whether you’re looking for more usable outdoor space or you want to create more curb appeal to add value to your home, Decks, Patios, and Porches is exactly the resource you need. An easy-to-read guide that can save you thousands of dollars and prevent big, expensive mistakes, this book arms you with everything you need to know about hiring pros as well as designing and planning for a deck, patio or porch. Readers will learn about screening and selecting contractors, obtaining proper permits, avoiding zoning ...
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Overview

Whether you’re looking for more usable outdoor space or you want to create more curb appeal to add value to your home, Decks, Patios, and Porches is exactly the resource you need. An easy-to-read guide that can save you thousands of dollars and prevent big, expensive mistakes, this book arms you with everything you need to know about hiring pros as well as designing and planning for a deck, patio or porch. Readers will learn about screening and selecting contractors, obtaining proper permits, avoiding zoning problems, choosing a design and having working plans and specifications prepared, specific code issues, selecting suitable sites, pros and cons of different materials, avoiding underground obstacles, such as utilities and bedrock, choosing a suitable foundation, sample pricing, and the bidding process.

R. Dodge Woodson is a licensed Class A Builder and Master Plumber with almost three decades' experience in the construction field. He also holds the real estate license Designated Broker, the highest classification of professional real licensure available. The author of numerous books on construction, real estate, and plumbing for both amateurs and professionals, he also wrote Tips & Traps for Hiring a Contractor. Woodson is the president and owner of The Masters Group, Inc., of Brunswick, Maine. He bought his first piece of land in 1974 and has been a progressive land developer, builder, and remodeler in Virginia and Maine for the last 29 years.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071450423
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/29/2005
  • Series: Tips and Traps Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

R. Dodge Woodson is a licensed Class A Builder and Master Plumber with almost three decades' experience in the construction field. He also holds the real estate license Designated Broker, the highest classification of professional real licensure available. The author of numerous books on construction, real estate, and plumbing for both amateurs and professionals, he also wrote Tips & Traps for Hiring a Contractor. Woodson is the president and owner of The Masters Group, Inc., of Brunswick, Maine. He bought his first piece of land in 1974 and has been a progressive land developer, builder, and remodeler in Virginia and Maine for the last 29 years.
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Table of Contents

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

INTRODUCTION

Chapter 1: Should You Be Your Own Contractor for Home Improvements?

Chapter 2: Screening and Selecting Contractors

Chapter 3: Avoiding Zoning Problems

Chapter 4: Avoiding Violations of Covenants and Deed Restrictions

Chapter 5: Choosing a Design: Preparation of Working Plans and Specifications

Chapter 6: Selecting Suitable Sites for Each Type of Construction

Chapter 7: Hiring a General Contractor

Chapter 8: Avoiding Underground Obstacles

Chapter 9: Choosing a Suitable Type of Foundation

Chapter 10: Sample Pricing to Keep Your Contractor Honest

Chapter 11: The Bidding Process When Seeking a Contractor

Chapter 12: Putting It In Writing

INDEX

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