Synopses & Reviews
For more than a quarter century, and at more than 350,000 copies sold, this has been the classic book on housebuilding. Now, for the first time since its publication, R.J. DeCristoforo's indispensable guide to home construction has had its own sparkling renovation, with many newly revised drawings, additional photos, and a thoroughly updated text. First-timers tackling the ambitious project of building a house will find the most comprehensive, helpful how-to available: everything is here, from permits to framing to installing trim. Procedures such as positioning doors & windows, laying a foundation, and setting up a drainage system are simplified so that you know exactly what you need to get the job done. Consult the detailed diagrams to keep yourself on track as you complete each step. Whether you want to do it all yourself or involve professionals, this all-inclusive volume will prepare you financially, psychologically, and practically for the entire job, from the first shovelful of soil to the last nail in the roof. And it is an incredible value: 640 pages for only $19.95!.
and#147;Do-it-yourselfers will find everything they need to knowand#133;and#8221;and#151;Publishers Weekly.
and#147;Itand#8217;s still one of the easiest books to follow...It outlines how to get from planning to completion.and#8221;and#151;Washington Post.
With more than 350,000 copies sold, this has been the classic book on housebuilding. Now, for the first time since its publication, R.J. DeCristoforo's indispensable guide has had its own sparkling renovation, with newly revised drawings, additional photographs, and a thoroughly updated text. First-timers building a house-whether alone or with professionals-will find the most comprehensive how-to information available, from permits and framing to installing doors, windows, and trim. An incredible value: 656 pages for only $19.95.
In over 600 pages and over 1,000 drawings, this lifetime reference from Popular Science, explains it all" whether you want to build an entire house or a garage, expand a den, or just watch costs while you contract the work. Everything is here: selecting land, reading plans, putting in floors, walls, and ceilings. Do-it-yourselfers will find everything they need to know about home construction and improvement." Publishers Weekly.
In more than 600 pages and 1,000 drawings, this lifetime reference from Popular Science explains it all. “Do-it-yourselfers will find everything they need to know about home construction and improvement.”—Publishers Weekly.
“Its still one of the easiest books to follow...It outlines how to get from planning to completion and offers drawings of each step along the way.”—Washington Post.
A do-it-yourself guide in its third decade of publication, and with more than 350,000 copies sold, this has been the definitive book on housebuilding. Revised drawings, additional photographs and a thoroughly updated, contemporary text.
Housebuilding has always been the book of choice for prospective home buildersand#151;and with this extensive, thoughtful revision, it becomes a resource readers will continue to depend on for years to come. In addition to showcasing 800 exciting new full-color illustrations and more than 50 color photographs, an improved two-column design makes the text easier to follow. Photo captionsand#151;not in previous editionsand#151;allow readers to browse through quickly. Also included for the first time: a chapter on environmentally friendly building alternatives; increased emphasis on safety; information on modern cordless tools; updated techniques, materials, and standards; energy-efficient options, from structural insulated panels to radiant floor heating; a current appendix of major manufacturers, resources, and websites; and much, much more.