Homebuilding Basics (PDF) JTHB
Homebuilding Basics: An easy-to-understand guide to the basics of homebuilding
by John Tee, AIA
Whether you're planning to build your first family home or a small weekend cottage, the venture may seem a bit overwhelming. But by understanding the homebuilding process, step-by-step, the experience can actually be pleasant and very interesting.
Building a home is a relatively simple process that has changed little over the years. However, the diversity of technologies used, variety of choices available, and complexity and cost of materials have changed dramatically.
Although we can't advise you on all the decisions you'll have to make, this manual can help guide you through the process. Consider it an overview of each phrase of construction, explained in straightforward, simple, non-technical terms, with just enough details to help you visualize each phase.
Each chapter contains information that will help you understand each phase of construction, the terms used, and the people involved. A Checklist at the end of each chapter will remind you of some of the important aspects of each phase. Familiarizing yourself with the Glossary of Building Terms will help you communicate with your builder. Samples of Specification Outline and Change Order form will clarify important details between you and your builder.
Now, take a deep breath and relax. You're off to a great start! With this manual and a little homework, you'll have a good understanding of how a house is built-from the ground up. Available in downloadable format. Approx. 150 pages.
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