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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Building Your Own Home (Complete Idiot's Guides)by Dan Ramsey
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Start with a strong foundation.
With even more instructions and illustrations, this revised and updated edition offers clear and concise guidance on every step of home building, from figuring a budget to finding labor and materials to all aspects of construction. This book answers every question readers have about building their own residenceand a few questions they may not have considered.
Contains a visual dictionary of new construction terms and home components
Fully illustrated with step-by-step, easy-to-follow instructions
Sample bid forms, general contractor agreements, and legal advice on building codes and permits
Includes information on working with architects and drawing up your own plans
Book News Annotation:
This book guides readers through the questions that need to be answered before building a home. Topics are organized under the main categories of understanding how homes are built, designing, paying for the construction, hiring help, and constructing the home include. Specific chapter topics include: choosing between conventional and manufactured homes, energy efficient building, comparing costs of building a home with those of having it built, understanding codes and permits, hiring a general contractor, planning construction, excavating, building interior, and outdoor facility constructing. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
There?s no feeling of accomplishment like having built your own dream house.
This clear, concise, up-to-date blueprint for every aspect of the home building process answers all major questions. The new edition takes the reader from figuring a budget to finding labor and materials. Readers will discover how to be one?s own general contractor; the pros and cons of myriad options; and sample bid forms, project schedules, estimating worksheets, contractor agreements, and other forms not in the previous edition. Plus, there are 100 additional illustrations to enhance reader understanding.
About the Author
'Dan Ramsey is a general contractor and the author of more than 20 books for homebuilders and buyers, including the first edition of The Complete Idiot\'s Guide to Building Your Own Home, The Complete Idiot\'s Guide to Finishing Your Basement Illustrated, and The Complete Idiot\'s Guide to Remodeling Your Bathroom Illustrated. His other books include builder\'s construction guides, contractor business guides, kit home construction, and homeowner remodeling and repair books.'
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