This book gives you the
information you need during every step of the homebuilding process--from selecting
materials to designing the rooms to working with a contractor. Featuring practical,
cost-effective ways of planning, designing, and building energy-efficient homes, the book
presents money- and energy-saving options in every chapter.
Written for those with little or
no experience in the building trades, this book clearly and simply lays out the steps
involved in home construction and answers the many questions that arise. Concise chapters
deal with: Locating and purchasing land, Procuring financing, Estimating costs and staying
within a budget, Hiring subcontractors and finding suppliers, Building the house,
Restoring an existing structure. An extensive appendix contains examples of the forms,
certificates, and permits that are required, as well as sample contracts and plans.
The first comprehensive guide of its
kind, Building an Affordable House is for homeowners and building contractors who want to
incorporate proven cost-saving techniques into their projects. Written by a contractor who
has been nationally recognized for his innovative approach to cost control, this book
shows readers how to generate significant savings on major projects such as building a new
home or adding on to an existing one.
How to build a dream house-without
breaking the bank. Packed with useful information, tips, and checklists, this
easy-to-follow guide shows people step by step how to build a unique, beautiful home on
any budget. It covers all the must-know issues, from acquiring land, finding the best
architect, and cutting design costs to putting together financing, hiring (or not hiring)
a general contractor, and overseeing construction.
Step-by-step blueprint for
do-it-yourself home builders. From locating an architect, to hiring workers, to selecting
features and fixtures, and more, here's how to build or expand your own home from start to
finishand save! This book leads you through the perils of homebuilding to make sure
you end up with exactly what you want. You get point-by-point tips on choosing a site and
style, keeping home traffic patterns sensible, deciding on the right size for rooms,
preparing plans, getting permits and more.
Hiring a contractor is an enormous
investment and a high-risk endeavor involving decisions that will last a lifetime. This
book is a practical survival guide for anyone trying to make it through the construction,
expansion or renovation of their home while keeping their dreams, budget and sanity
intact. With wit and expertise Johnston reveals the secret pitfalls that can trip up even
the most careful homeowners, while equipping them with information and strategies they
cannot find elsewhere.
Textbook introducing the principles
of building construction, with a plethora of illustrations for the visual learner, moving
through each stage of the design and construction process with integrated coverage of
environmentally friendly materials and other technological advances and changes.