Habitat for Humanity: How to Build a House

Habitat for Humanity: How to Build a House

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Habitat for Humanity: How to Build a House by Larry Haun, Angela C. Johnson

Since its founding in 1976, the non-profit Habitat for Humanity International has built more than 255,000 houses for more than one million people and families in need world wide. First published in 2002, Habitat for Humanity How to Build a House has helped thousands more build simple, energy-efficient homes of their own by helping guide them from foundation to roof, through all interior finishes and fixtures.

Written by long-time carpenter and Habitat volunteer, Larry Haun, this extensive revision features up-to-date information on residential codes, construction methods, and materials — as well as an updated design inside and out. Haun also provides new sections on tools, siding, ventilation, and landscaping. With clear information on everything from obtaining a site and permit to finishing touches like installing door locks and cabinets, this is the best single-volume resource for the beginning homebuilder.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781561589678
Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/09/2008
Edition description: Revised, Updated Edition
Pages: 282
Sales rank: 640,740
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Larry Haun has worked as a carpenter in southern California for four decades and has been a Habitat for Humanity volunteer since the 1980s. He has taught apprentice carpenters at a local community college for more than 20 years. Larry lives in coastal Oregon, where he continues to build houses for Habitat.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1Getting Started: Site, Design, Permits, and Preparation4
Step 1Obtain a Site6
Step 2Prepare the Site7
Step 3Design the House9
Step 4Secure the Building Permits11
Step 5Get Organized to Build15
Chapter 2Building Basics: Getting Acquainted with Tools and the Parts of a House22
Tool-Buying Tips22
Essential Hand Tools25
Tool Carriers30
Power Tools32
The Parts of a House36
Chapter 3Firm, Flat, Level, and Square: Foundations and Floors42
Know the Foundation Fundamentals42
Step 1Form and Pour the Footings49
Step 2Build the Foundation Walls50
Step 3Backfill around the Foundation52
Step 4Attach the Sills53
Step 5Build Midspan Support for Joists59
Step 6Install the Joists63
Step 7Install Extra Joists and Blocking68
Step 8Install the Floor Sheathing71
Chapter 4Going Up: Walls Create Space74
Step 1Lay Out the Walls76
Step 2Plate the Walls79
Step 3Count and Cut the Headers, Rough Sills, Cripples, and Trimmers82
Step 4Mark the Plates86
Step 5Build the Walls92
Step 6Raise the Walls100
Step 7Plumb and Line the Walls105
Step 8Install and Plumb Door and Window Trimmers108
Step 9Sheathe the Walls109
Chapter 5Shelter: A Roof Overhead112
Roof Trusses112
Step 1Prepare for Truss Arrival and Installation116
Step 2Install the Gable Truss120
Step 3Install the Remaining Trusses123
Step 4Secure the Trusses to the Interior Walls127
Step 5Add Drywall Backing129
Step 6Install the Barge Rafters and the Fascia Boards129
Step 7Sheathe the Roof133
Step 8Seal the Roof with Felt Paper135
Step 9Shingle the Roof137
Chapter 6Closing in: Windows, Doors, Siding, and Exterior Trim146
Vinyl Siding148
Step 1Install the Remaining Sheathing and the Rough Exterior Trim150
Step 2Install the Housewrap and Flash Openings153
Step 3Set the Windows and Doors155
Step 4Complete Ventilation and Electrical Work158
Step 5Install the Starter Strips and the Trim for Vinyl Siding159
Step 6Install the Siding Panels165
Step 7Finish the Soffits170
Step 8Cover Exterior Trim with Aluminum Cladding172
Chapter 7Building an Outdoor Room: Basic Design for Porches, Decks, and Landings174
Design Ideas for Decks and Porches176
Step 1Complete the Essential Roof Framing176
Step 2Install the Ledger178
Step 3Install the Foundation and Floor Framing181
Step 4Frame the Stairs182
Step 5Install the Decking and Stair Treads187
Step 6Install the Railings188
Chapter 8Comfort Inside: Sealing, Insulating, and Ventilating a House192
Sweaters, Windbreakers, and Rain Gear194
Step 1Seal Penetrations in the Walls, Ceilings, and Floors195
Step 2Insulate the Walls, Ceilings, and Floors199
Step 3Install Vapor Barriers (if Necessary)206
Step 4Provide Adequate Ventilation210
Chapter 9The Walls Within: Drywall and Painting212
Step 1Get Ready to Install Drywall214
Step 2Install the Ceiling Panels217
Step 3Install the Wall Panels224
Step 4Install the Corner Bead226
Step 5Mud, Tape, and Finish the Drywall228
Step 6Paint the Ceilings and Walls232
Step 7Prepare and Paint the Interior Trim235
Step 8Paint the Exterior Siding and Trim237
Chapter 10Making a House Beautiful and Useful: Interior Trim, Cabinets, Countertops, and Closets240
Step 1Install Underlayment for Vinyl Flooring242
Step 2Install the Interior Doors243
Step 3Install the Window and Door Casings249
Step 4Install the Cabinets254
Step 5Install the Countertops258
Step 6Install the Baseboard and Chair Rail260
Step 7Trim Out the Closets264
Chapter 11Final Details: From Locks to Smoke Detectors268
Step 1Install the Hardware and Fixtures268
Step 2Select and Install the Finish Flooring272
Step 3Get to Know Electrical and Mechanical Systems275
Step 4Prepare for the Worst276

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