The Complete Guide to Building Your Own Home and Saving Thousands on Your New Houseby Corie Richter
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Buying a new home can be an expensive endeavor. Many people dream of building their own home but mistakenly believe that doing so is not cost effective. However, you can save 20 to 40 percent or more by building your own home. In The Complete Guide to Building Your Own Home and Saving Thousands on Your New House you will discover that your dream can become reality.
From basic planning to construction methods, this new book will take you through all the steps of building your own home. You will learn how to: choose a site, draw up a construction time line, apply for construction loans and financing, obtain essential insurance information, buy or prepare inexpensive plans, find and negotiate with subcontractors, comply with building codes, select features and fixtures, choose the style of the house, decide on the size of the rooms, and get building permits. You will learn about building materials and foundations, floors, walls, paint, windows, decks, garage doors, roofing, flashings, chimneys, plumbing, wiring, ceilings, floors, railings, and attics.
In addition, you will learn how to design a home that will meet your needs, perform constructions tasks safely, and build amenities. This book will inform you about common problems to watch for, including foundation, roofing, walls, stairs, sidewalks, driveways, heating and cooling, electrical capacity, and wiring.
This book will detail money-saving options and environmentally friendly techniques, while at the same time allowing you to monitor the quality of the materials and the workmanship, fine-tune the design, and make sure the results are exactly what you had envisioned.
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- Atlantic Publishing Group, Inc.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is an extremely detailed, step-by-step handbook that anyone who's considering building their own home should read. From explaining the steps that need to be taken while planning to financial considerations to handling subcontractors, this book is a must read. Anyone even considering building their own home should read this book for a real look at each and every detail that should be considered and accounted for. The book starts by addressing why building for yourself should be considered. It delves into the misconceptions many have and assuages fears you may have. It also addresses the fears that others in your life may have and how they may discourage you. From there is tells you how to get started and helps you decide how much work you will need to subcontract and how much you can do yourself. The book spends a full chapter addressing financing concerns and budgets. From there, its a step-by-step handbook on how to handle electricity, heating and cooling, plans, layout, plumbing, landscaping and so much more. The book is a complete and thorough guide that you should read cover to cover and then keep handy as you will continuously go back to it for its hints and money-saving tips as well as its primer on sample questions you may ask a subcontractor. Due to its thorough nature, I would rate this book a 4.5 and recommend it to anyone considering building for themselves.
This book is a great starting place for someone thinking about building his/her own home. Although it reads like a college textbook, the terms used in each phase of building are explained in easy to understand English. From thinking about building to the final inspection of the home is explored in depth in each chapter. The information contained in this book can help someone decide if he/she is capable of being in charge or if he/she should hire a contractor. Each phase is talked about from what your dream home looks like and what materials are used including the use of "green" materials in several aspects of building the home. The locations where a home maybe built are also discussed and why certain materials may not be used in those locals. This book gives information on who you need to speak to before you start building. Along with what building codes you will need to follow and what inspections need to be done and when. Tips and testimonies sprinkled throughout the book help to prevent you from making mistakes that could prove to be costly. The checklists at the back of the book help to put into perspective the amount of time that goes into building a home.
The title alone - "The Complete Guide to Building Your Own Home and Saving Thousands on Your New House" - was enough to pique my interest. As someone who has always dreamed of building a home, this book gave me a real idea of what is involved. And it is a lot more that I would have imagined. This book is a must read for anyone considering a build. The money saving tips were outstanding. I never knew that you could get mini-inspections throughout the home-building process. The notes from the field were just as helpful. The most valuable part of this book were the home building worksheets. There are guides for everything from questions to ask contractors to working up a budget.
Building your own home can be stressful and costly if you do not know where to begin. However, in Corie Richter’s book The Complete Guide to Building Your Own Home and Saving Thousands on Your New Home can help keep the pressure to a minimum. In this book reader’s learn everything from how to choose the location of their home to finding the right building materials and everything in between. Three of my favorite parts of the book are Appendix A, B and C. I love keeping everything organized and these three sections are sure to give you that extra advantage. Anyone getting ready to build their own home or those in the process of building their own home should definitely read this book.