The Complete Visual Guide to Building a House

The Complete Visual Guide to Building a House

by John Carroll, Chuck Lockhart


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The Complete Visual Guide to Building a House by John Carroll, Chuck Lockhart

Today’s most comprehensive course in residential construction. The Complete Visual Guide to Building a House not only lives up to its name, but the detailed illustrations put this reference in a league of its own. It’s your single source for reliable instruction in building a house from foundation to finishing touches — and it’s a beautiful book as well.

An essential reference for builders, carpenters, and homeowners! Find everything you need in one easy-to-navigate guide that covers all the bases:

  • Building the structure : foundations; floors; walls; ceilings; raftered and trussed roofs
  • Closing the house to weather : roofing; installing windows, doors, siding and trim; controlling moisture
  • Finishing the house: wall and floor coverings; hanging interior doors; installing trim and cabinets; building stairs

Expert step-by-step instruction and detailed illustrations. The Compete Visual Guide to Building a House combines the expertise of builder-author John Carroll with over 1,200 full-color drawings by illustrator Chuck Lockhart. Finally, a step-by-step guide that provides a complete course in residential carpentry and construction from two pros who, together, have over 65 years of experience in the building trades.

Eliminate guesswork and avoid costly missteps. Building a house is a complex and challenging undertaking that requires knowing what needs to be done at every critical step – and that’s exactly what you will find in The Complete Visual Guide to Building a House . With this guide in hand, you’ll be armed with the right information and clear illustrations whenever you need them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781600850226
Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/18/2014
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 125,801
Product dimensions: 8.70(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

John Olson is an American poet and novelist. Born August 23, 1947 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Olson has lived for many years in Seattle, Washington. He has published eight collections of poetry and one novel, Souls of Wind, nominated for The Believer Magazine book of the year award. In 2004, Seattle's weekly newspaper, The Stranger, for whom he has written occasional essays, gave Olson one of its annual "genius awards."His writing notebooks have been exhibited at the University of Washington. Olson's prose poetry has been reviewed in print and online poetry magazines he poet Philip Lamantia said that Olson was "extraordinary...the greatest prose poetry [i've] ever read." and Clayton Eshleman said "he is writing the most outlandish, strange, and inventive prose poetry ever in the history of the prose poem."

Table of Contents


PART 1: Building the Structure
1. Building Foundations
2. Framing Floors, Walls, and Ceilings
3. Framing Roofs I: Raftered Roofs
4. Framing Roofs II: Trusses, Eaves, Rakes and Sheathing

PART 2: Closing the House to the Weather
5. Roofing the House
6. Installing Windows, Exterior Doors, Siding and Trim
7. Controlling Moisture in the Ground and in the Air

Part 3: Finishing the House
8. Installing Wall and Floor Coverings
9. Hanging Doors
10. Installing Trim and Cabinets
11. Building Stairs


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The Complete Visual Guide to Building a House 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Travis_Nguyen 3 months ago
This is excellent book as author's instruction. While other books give too much details then reader was confused. This book is helpful to overview the field of construction. Thank dedicated authors.
A_Sloan More than 1 year ago
Hits the nail right on the head! This is a wonderful guide for house building. There are great illustrations, which are great for a visual learner like me. I have recently inherited land that I would like to build a cabin or house on, and this book helps round out my resources. While I appreciate Your Cabin in the Woods for inspiration of cabin-life and some beautiful hand-drafted blueprints, the detail of illustrations in this Complete Visual Guide are far superior.