How to Plan, Contract and Build Your Own Home

How to Plan, Contract and Build Your Own Home

by Richard M. Scutella, Dave Heberle


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071448857
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 07/21/2005
Edition description: REV
Pages: 752
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.88(d)

About the Author

Richard M. Scutella (Erie, PA) has written several books on new construction, home buying, home maintenance, and safety, including both editions of Homebuyer's Checklist. He has designed and supervised the construction of many new homes, and is a member of the Handyman Club of America and the Quikrete Company's Home Projects Council.

Dave Heberle (Erie, PA) is the author of McGraw-Hill's Construction Safety Manual, and co-author of all three previous editions of How to Plan, Contract and Build Your Own Home. He's written numerous articles on home-building, and is a former realtor who has also designed and built homes. He currently is a consultant on environmental safety and health issues.

Table of Contents

Part 1: What to Build

Chapter 1: A House Divided

Chapter 2: House Styles and Types

Chapter 3: Traffic Zoning and Planning

Chapter 4: Size Planning

Chapter 5: Prints and Drawings
Part 2: How to Build It

Chapter 6: Footers and Foundations

Chapter 7: Floor Framing

Chapter 8: Wall Framing

Chapter 9: Roof Framing

Chapter 10: Roof Exterior Finishing

Chapter 11: Exterior Wall Finishing

Chapter 12: Stairs

Chapter 13: Windows

Chapter 14: Doors

Chapter 15: Garages

Chapter 16: Fireplaces

Chapter 17: Plumbing

Chapter 18: Electric

Chapter 19: Lighting

Chapter 20: Heating and Cooling

Chapter 21: Insulation

Chapter 22: Wall Covering and Trim

Chapter 23: Burglar-Proofing Your Home

Chapter 24: Bathrooms

Chapter 25: Kitchens

Chapter 26: Floor Coverings

Chapter 27: Home Offices and Work Spaces
Part 3: Where to Build It

Chapter 28: City, Suburbia, or Country?

Chapter 29: Selecting a Building Site

Chapter 30: Orientation, Positioning and Landscaping

Chapter 31: Driveways, Sidewalks and Patios
Part 4: Who Should Build It?

Chapter 32: Selecting a Contractor

Chapter 33: Working with Your Contractor
Part 5: Moving In

Chapter 34: Setting Up Your Maintenance Program

Chapter 35: The Final Inspection

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How to Plan, Contract and Build Your Own Home 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very comprehensive book. I'm glad I bought it. Although, what I was looking for was a book on walking me through the process of building my own house - being my own general contractor. This book gives a lot of good info but lacks any direction for the do it yourselfer. It gives you the info you need to talk intelligently with your professional contractor.
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Bibliophiliac More than 1 year ago
This is a 752 page non-fiction book that I actually enjoyed! I've spent the last two weeks pawing through every book at the library that I could find, about building, contracting, planing a house, etc. And this is by far the best, so good in fact that I'm buying it! I just have to have this for my self! My husband and I want to build a house in the next year, and this is THE place to start. Informative, while not being dry, almost every paragraph has so much useful information, in terms any Joe, Sue or Becky can understand! It's great, in just the few days we've had it we've learned so much, and completely done a 180 on what we were thinking of doing! I'm so excited to build our own home, now! It's great, because I know I can talk knowledgeably with any of our sub-contractors and not get hosed! MUST HAVE for anyone even remotely interested in owning your own home. Not just for those looking to build! Holy Cow! I'll make sure I get one of these for each of my siblings when they get married/move out on their own. It's even fun to read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tells excellent facts and gives insight to things I had not considered for building my own home. From start to finish, it's a "how to" book that I truly couldn't put down. Very well written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was lent to us by our 'trying-to-make-you-happy' and newly recruited builder¿s agent. We are a first time home buyer couple. When we first started this project, we had a million questions and so was our rookie builder¿s agent. I work as a scientist in a big TEN Schools and I have been trained to have and enquiring mind on just about everything.My wife Victoria also in science, is just as enquiring. The book was not only instructional but also in many occasions proved that our builder was doing 'most' of the things correctly. We learned about the jargon and used it in our research of the various products and options we selected for our home. E.g., insulation R-factor and the many types of sheeting. Many of our decisions were made based on the information provided in this book. The illustrations are simple, plenty and complementary to the writing which make things flow in harmony. It should be a code requirement for every person who wants to build a house in this country and has no prior experience, like we did when we started. We think our agent regretted the fact that she lent us the book, but at the end we became her first customers, she became more knowledgeable and has since signed an additional 4 new contracts. I am not sure that builders will like to promote this book too much because it puts them on the spot. We are now buying another copy to replace the copy we borrowed from our now experienced builder¿s agent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Perhaps when printed this would have been valuable, but the materials and methods of construction have outpaced the usefulness of this book. A waste of time and money.