Publisher description for Building your dream house / William P. Spence.

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Counter Don't build--or remodel--a home without it! William Spence--whose guides on carpentry, construction methods, and home maintenance are critically acclaimed and have won raves from such publications as Library Journal, Woodshop News, and Publishers Weekly--now presents all the ins and outs of house building from start to finish, foundation to roof. Remarkably comprehensive, and illustrated with more than 650 color photos and more than 250 color drawings, this compendium is arranged in three information-packed sections. First, there's a gallery of more than 30 homes, ranging from classic Colonials to log cabins (the images are so beautiful that this could stand as a coffee-table book, but even more important, they will stimulate ideas and suggest design solutions). Next, follow the planning process for every room, and outdoor spaces, too, and learn what's needed. See how to develop the floor plan, a site plan, and elevations. The final chapters cover building of the home from site selection and purchase to several methods of construction. There's advice on avoiding costly mistakes at each stage of the process, information on security, and consideration of energy-efficient design.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: House construction Amateurs' manuals, Dwellings Designs and plans