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The Well­Built House
     

The Well­Built House

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by James Locke
 

This is the essential book for anyone who is considering building or buying a new house or remodeling an old one--an insider's guide to construction, written by a professional contractor. Many readers will remember Jim Locke as the contractor in Tracy Kidder's bestselling book HOUSE, in which he epitomized the values of the true craftsman.

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This is the essential book for anyone who is considering building or buying a new house or remodeling an old one--an insider's guide to construction, written by a professional contractor. Many readers will remember Jim Locke as the contractor in Tracy Kidder's bestselling book HOUSE, in which he epitomized the values of the true craftsman.

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Revision of The Apple core guide to the well-built house, 1988, with a foreword by Tracy Kidder. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395629512
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/28/1992
Pages:
318
Sales rank:
735,954
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

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The Well­Built House 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We chose a 'cookie cutter' home builder and ran into problems. We visited the construction site 2 - 3 times a week during off hours. We were so happy to have a home built that we overlooked things. An out-of-town relative (a real estate agent) helped bring us back to reality and pointed out glaring defects in workmanship. When trying to explain our concerns to the builder, there was a definite failure to communicate because we weren't familiar with the different terms. I bought this book to help but was disappointed. The book does a very good job covering the initial planning stages before you build to avoid the trouble we experienced. But does a poor job describing the house building stages, some of the terms, and providing good diagrams and illustrations to help you visualize and understand what is written. The explanations were confusing at times and hard to visualize. The book does have a great sample contract and spec list. But again, this helps you in the planning stages. I got frustrated and stopped reading at around Chapter 10 'The Subs (Sub-Contractors) Arrive'.