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Top Ten Benefits of Building Your Own Home Introduction Chapter 1: Your Dream Home Reasons to Build Your Own Home Types of Houses Be Realistic Deciding What You Want Get Organized Now Chapter 2: Choosing the Right Contractor The Contractorís Job Licensing Considerations Hiring a Contractor Working with the Contractor Be Your Own Contractor Hiring Subcontractors Chapter 3: Paying for It All Estimating Costs Finding a Lender Ways to Improve Your Chances The Construction Loan The Home Mortgage Money-Saving Tips Chapter 4: Legal Details Building Permits Zoning Laws Contracts Change Order Inspections Liens Insurance Chapter 5: Designing Your Home Putting Your Ideas to Work Thinking Ahead How to Make Your Home Energy Efficient Hiring an Architect Purchasing Stock Plans Understanding House Plans Saving Money with Design Chapter 6: Selecting a Location City? Country? Or Somewhere in Between? Location Considerations Finding Available Lots Evaluating the Lot Matching Land to Lifestyle Cost Considerations Chapter 7: The Tools You Need Hand Tools Power Tools Specialized Tools Shopping for Tools Tool Totes Safety Issues Chapter 8: Laying the Foundation Preparing the Site Clearing and Excavating Foundation Fundamentals Types of Foundations Pouring the Footings Building Foundation Walls Waterproofing and Other Considerations Backfilling Chapter 9: Working with Concrete Basements Garages Porches and Patios Sidewalks Driveways Types of Finishes Chapter 10: Framing The Sills Floor Framing Installing Subflooring Wall Framing Door and Window Framing Roof Framing Framing for Special Features Chapter 11: The Exterior Wall Sheathing Horizontal Vinyl Siding Brick and Stucco Plywood Siding Other Sidings Painting the Exterior Chapter 12: Roofing Styles of Roofs The Overhang Roof Sheathing Sealing the Roof Flashing Installing Roofing Material Donít Forget the Gutters Chapter 13: Electrical and Plumbing Electrical Materials Understanding the Electrical System Wiring the House Safety Issues Understanding the Plumbing System Installing Plumbing Chapter 14: Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Understanding the HVAC System Selecting a System Ductwork Registers Installing Additional Ventilation Chapter 15: Insulation and Sealing Housewraps Types of Insulation Insulating Walls and Ceilings Insulating Floors Insulating Small Spaces and Around Obstacles Vapor Barriers Chapter 16: Windows and Doors Types of Windows Installing the Windows Types of Doors Installing Exterior Doors Installing Interior Doors Trimming Windows and Doors Chapter 17: Within These Four Walls Drywall Cabinets Countertops Appliances Baseboard Trim Closet Shelving Chapter 18: Flooring Finish Flooring Vinyl Floors Wood Floors Ceramic Tile Carpeting Chapter 19: Finishing Touches Hiring an Interior Designer Buying Furniture Painting the Walls and Ceilings Wallpapering Paneling The Little Things Chapter 20: Decks Planning for a Deck Ledger and Foundation Constructing the Deck Railings Building the Stairs Weatherproofing Chapter 21: Landscaping Reasons to Landscape Designing a Landscape Making the Most of Plants and Trees Building Fences and Walkways Lawn Ornaments Appendix A: Homebuilding Resources Appendix B: Glossary Index
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: House construction