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Building Your Own Home for Dummies

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  50 ratings  ·  7 reviews
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Turn your dream of a custom home into reality!

Thinking about building your own home? This easy-to-follow guide shows you how to plan and build a beautiful home on any budget. From acquiring land to finding the best architect to overseeing the construction, you get lots of savvy tips on managing your new investment wisely
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 25th 2005 by For Dummies
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Colin Price
Apr 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
Focused a bit more on conventional custom home building than I was looking for, but certainly has a broad range of useful suggestions. Some of the fiscal advice though may be a bit suspect given some of the changes post-2008 (the book was published in 2005). Check out this nugget of pre-recession thinking:

"Many people approach their finances today using philosophies that have been passed down through many generations. For example, the concept of using extra cash to pay off your mortgage early wa
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Sara
Dec 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fic
This book was very helpful. It's about how to find financing for and manage a custom home project, so it's not for people who want to pay cash for materials and do all the hard labor to literally build a house.
Some highlights: Even if you get financing, you're going to need a lot more cash than you think you need. Do LOTS of research and stick to the plan as much as possible. Finally, communicate with everyone about everything.
Ian Krender
Mar 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
UK buyers should be aware that this is an American book (or at least the version I got was), therefore most of the advice is only valid for the American audience. The British housing market is very different as are building regulations, legal issues and so on. The publishers should bring out a specific UK version and not sell this one in the UK market. Hacked off because it was not a cheap book either.
Tyler
Jan 17, 2010 rated it liked it
I'm a big fan of For Dummies books, but this wasn't one of their best. It brought a few things to mind I hadn't considered before, but mostly its value was in the reassurance that there's nothing more to building than what I was envisioning. It's nice to be talked through the process, and I guess that's what this book accomplished for me.
Kyle
Mar 17, 2010 is currently reading it
Well, we plan to build - so I need a quick primer. Good so far.
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Great reference book... Couldn't read it front to back. But helpful.
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