Building Your Own Home For Dummies

Building Your Own Home For Dummies


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Building Your Own Home For Dummies by Kevin Daum, Janice Brewster, Peter Economy

Keep construction on track with helpful checklists

Turn your dream of a custom home into reality!

Thinking about building your own home? This easy-to-follow guideshows you how to plan and build a beautiful home on any budget.From acquiring land to finding the best architect to overseeing theconstruction, you get lots of savvy tips on managing your newinvestment wisely — and staying sane during the process!

Discover how to:
* Find the best homesite
* Navigate the plan approval process
* Obtain financing
* Hire the right contractor
* Cut design and construction costs
* Avoid common mistakes

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764557095
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 02/14/2005
Series: For Dummies Series
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 103,363
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Kevin Daum has 22 years of experience in the realestate and mortgage industry. He is founder and CEO of StratfordFinancial Services, and is the leading expert in custom homefinancing. Daum has financed more than 800 custom homes and haspublished numerous articles on construction financing,mortgageeducation, and entrepreneurship.

Janice Brewster served as editor of Log HomeLiving magazine for five years.  Brewster has beeninvolved in the custom home industry for more than 10 years.

Peter Economy is Associate Editor for the DruckerFoundation's award-winning magazine Leader to Leader and a featuredexpert for He's the coauthor of the booksLeadership Ensemble: Lessons in Collaborative Management fromthe World's Only Conductorless Orchestra, Strategic Tools forSocial Entrepreneurs: Enhancing the Performance of YourEnterprising Nonprofit, and many others, includingConsulting For Dummies, Home-Based Business For Dummies, andRaising Capital For Dummies.

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Table of Contents


Part I: Getting Started: The 411 on Custom HomeBuilding.

Chapter 1: The Custom Home Process in a Nutshell.

Chapter 2: Preparing for the Process.

Chapter 3: The Land Grab: Selecting the Perfect Site.

Chapter 4: Defining Your House Style.

Chapter 5: Architects and Design: Time Spent Is Money Saved.

Chapter 6: Engineering and Plan Approval: Bureaucracy MadeSomewhat Easy.

Part II: All You Need Is Dough: Financing Your CustomHome.

Chapter 7: Cash Is King: Using Debt to Your Advantage.

Chapter 8: Knowledge Is Power: What You Don’t Know AboutConstruction Loans Can Hurt You.

Chapter 9: Qualifying: It’s the Bank’s Way or theHighway.

Chapter 10: Show Me the Money.

Part III: Hammers and Nails: The ConstructionProcess.

Chapter 11: All the King’s Men: The Contractor and HisCohorts.

Chapter 12: Excavation and Foundation: Getting a SolidStart.

Chapter 13: Framing and Rough: So Much Goes Behind ThoseWalls!

Chapter 14: Heading for the Finish: So Much Detail.

Part IV: All the After Stuff.

Chapter 15: Home Sweet Nest Egg: Moving In and Managing Your NewInvestment.

Chapter 16: Refinancing: More Money, Cheaper Payments.

Chapter 17: Taking It Outside: The Art of Landscaping.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 18: Ten Common Custom Home Mistakes and How to Avoid’Em.

Chapter 19: Ten Great Ways to Lower Construction Costs.

Chapter 20: Ten Common Stuck-in-the-Middle Problems and TheirFixes.

Chapter 21: Ten Helpful Custom Home Resources.

Chapter 22: Ten Ways to Make Your Home Green.


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Building Your Own Home for Dummies 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book covers a lot of ground; from an overview of the process to how to find land, designing your house, working with architects, financing the whole dream and finally the nuts and bolts of buildng a house. Obviously it is hard to get into great depth on all these subjects, however the book does a good job of capturing the important details that are unique to building your own place, which is a dream I have had for a long time. I have renovated a number of houses that I have bought and lived in, but I have never stepped up to building something from scratch. One of the things that I most like about this book is the detail and information about the financial side of building your own house. This has been one of my biggest stumbling blocks of moving forward on my own project. The financing on a house that you are going to build is much less straightforward than simply buying an existing house. This book is one of the most indepth and educational on all the aspects of being able to navigate the financial complexities of building your own house. Now I am motivated to find a great piece of land and create something from scratch. Overall a great book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! The authors give much more detail than is typical about the nuts and bolts of financing a custom home project. And I also love the fact that they didn't assume I'd be doing all the work myself or acting as my own general contractor - a mistake most of the other experts in this area make. I work for a living, and these guys get that!