Synopses & Reviews
Foundation work is not the glamorous side of home building. It is hard, dirty work. But it's also the work upon which all other work rests, and so a good foundation is critical to every home. No source of knowledge on foundations and concrete work is better respected or more widely followed than that provided by the authors of "Fine Homebuilding" magazine.
This latest edition from the editors of "Fine Homebuilding" is the biggest and most authoritative volume yet on the subject. At 288 pages with more than 400 illustrative on-the-job photographs and drawings, "Foundations and Concrete Work" distills centuries of hands-on builder-tested methods and techniques as the finest builders in the country pass on the hard-won trade secrets for better construction.
From a thorough survey of concrete basics through forming and pouring foundations to keeping a basement dry, "Foundations and Concrete Work" will serve as the definitive guide to the subject.
Written by builders from all over the country, these articles are quite literally advice from the trenches.
The For Pros By Pros titles are compilations of articles from Fine Homebuilding magazine, selected by the editors of the magazine and organized by subject. New articles from recent issues of the magazine have been added to this edition of Building Porches and Decks. Updated and redesigned throughout, this book gives builders the very best and current information.
The definitive guide to building the most popular exterior building project there is: the deck. This book walks the reader through the entire process -- from the planning stages, through construction, step-by-step, to the custom details that make a deck unique. The book covers the practical side of building as well as design considerations that make a difference to discriminating homeowners.
This essential reference for pros and passionate amateurs is back with a fresh design and new content. Written by respected builders from all over America, this completely revised and expanded edition collects 11 new deckbuilding articles from the pages of "Fine Homebuilding "magazine, covering every aspect of deck design and construction, from the pros and cons of the newest decking materials to recent changes to the building code. "Building Decks "guides the reader through the entire process from first footings to final finishes, sharing insider secrets that only the pros know.
New articles from recent issues of "Fine Homebuilding" magazine have been added to this edition of this popular guide. Updated and redesigned throughout, the book provides the very best and current information on constructing porches and decks.
While new construction has slowed to a crawl and upgrading to a bigger house is no longer a sure thing, more and more homeowners are choosing to remodel. They’re actively looking for information on how to make their current home a better place to live. This collection of 36 articles from the experts at Fine Homebuilding, the most respected residential construction magazine in the country, lays out detailed information on every stage of remodeling—from planning and design to building and installation, upgrades, finishing, and clean-up. Coverage includes interior and exterior design and building strategies, as well as information on additions and tips for living comfortably through a remodel. This complete guide, which includes 300 color photographs, 75 drawings, practical sidebars, and case studies, is a one-stop reference.
Written by respected builders from all over America, this completely revised and expanded edition collects 11 new deckbuilding articles from the pages of "Fine Homebuilding" magazine, covering every aspect of deck design and construction.
About the Author
All contributing authors are seasoned professionals whose articles have appeared in "Fine Homebuildi"ng magazine. Since 1981 "Fine Homebuilding" has been providing information and inspiration to everyone who cares about quality home improvement and construction. The magazine, which has a circulation of more than 300,000, is the best source of home improvement information and helps readers build projects better, faster, and more efficiently.
Table of Contents
1: Plan to Save Money
11 Essential Remodeling Strategies
How to Afford an Architect
Design an Addition That Looks Right
A Contract That Makes Everybody Happy
2: Make the Most of Every Space
The Well-Designed Walk-In Closet
Make Any Room a Great Home Office
Finish Your Basement with a Durable Wood Floor
Plumbing a Basement Bathroom
Trimming a Basement Window
A Skylight Cheers Up an Attic Bath
Ceiling Remodel: From Flat to Cathedral
3. Give Kitchens and Baths Special Attention
How Much Will My Kitchen Cost?
Ten Ways to Improve Your Kitchen
Opening Up a Small Kitchen
The Energy-Smart Kitchen
Stay Inside the Lines: Radically Transforming Bathrooms with a Small Footprint
Designing Showers for Small Bathrooms
4. Do It the Smart Way
Prep Before You Paint
Hanging Drywall on Basic Walls
New Insulation for Old Walls
Doghouse Dormer: Framing from the Ground Up
Install a Leak-Free Skylight
A Fast Foundation for Your Addition
Wiring a Small Addition
Add Character with a Box-Beam Ceiling
5. Fix Up the Exterior
A Buyer's Guide to Windows
Upgrade Your Entry Door
The Right Way to Install New Siding
Will Your Next Asphalt Roof Last a Lifetime?
6. Survive Your Remodel [May want to move to the number 2 section]
A Safer Job Site
Protecting a House during Construction
Keep a Dormer Addition Clean and Dry
The Remodeler’s Guide to Construction Debris