Rebuild Info~ Books

The Visual Handbook of Building and Remodeling Paperback

  • January 23, 2018 (4th edition) by Charlie Wing (Author) $25
  • Building a home is a complicated, precise, and labor-intensive process. From drawing a design to selecting the site to laying the foundation, building the frame, installing the plumbing, wiring, HVAC, and everything in between, there are countless opportunities for something to go wrong.
  • This new edition has 48 pages of brand-new material including new chapters on solar power and best-practice insulating as well as the latest code information and updated sections on framing, sheathing, air sealing, and heating and cooling, enabling the reader to visualize exactly how to tackle any building project or problem.
  • With 25 chapters, 688 pages, and a whopping 1,700 full-color illustrations and 300 quick-reference charts covering all aspects of home design and construction.

How To Build Your Dream Home Without Getting Nailed! Save Your Time, Money, Sanity and Relationships

  • 2015-01-19 by The Chubby Builder $10
  • There wasn’t a book description, so I offer a review: Great book to understand the reality of what all is involved to see if you either can or want to build a house.   My husband doesn’t want to build a house and I do. I bought this book for us to read together to see if we could see each other’s point of view. As a result he’s willing to consider building and I understand his reluctance and find it reasonable so that I can accept a decision to not build. We will continue to use this book to either baby-step our way to building or to decide not to build. The book gives good building options and check lists to give a realistic view of all that is involved and how to take the right steps in the right order for building.
  • It also gives good counsel to help people survive the process, how to deal with lenders, builders, etc.. I highly recommend this book for those who know some or nothing about building their own house/home.

The Complete Guide to Building Your Own Home and Saving Thousands on Your New House

  • October 30, 2009 $15
  • Buying a new home can be an expensive endeavor. Many people dream of building their own home but mistakenly believe that doing so is not cost effective. However, you can save 20 to 40 percent or more by building your own home. In The Complete Guide to Building Your Own Home and Saving Thousands on Your New House you will discover that your dream can become reality
  • From basic planning to construction methods, this new book will take you through all the steps of building your own home. You will learn how to: choose a site, draw up a construction time line, apply for construction loans and financing, obtain essential insurance information, buy or prepare inexpensive plans, find and negotiate with subcontractors, comply with building codes, select features and fixtures, choose the style of the house, decide on the size of the rooms, and get building permits. You will learn about building materials and foundations, floors, walls, paint, windows, decks, garage doors, roofing, flashing, chimneys, plumbing, wiring, ceilings, floors, railings, and attics.
  • In addition, you will learn how to design a home that will meet your needs, perform constructions tasks safely, and build amenities. This book will inform you about common problems to watch for, including foundation, roofing, walls, stairs, sidewalks, driveways, heating and cooling, electrical capacity, and wiring
  • This book will detail money-saving options and environmentally friendly techniques, while at the same time allowing you to monitor the quality of the materials and the workmanship, fine-tune the design, and make sure the results are exactly what you had envisioned.

What Your Contractor Can’t Tell You: The Essential Guide to Building and Renovating (2nd Ed)

  • January 1, 2008 $19
  • This book equips owners with the information and strategies needed to turn their vision into a home or renovation project that can be executed on time and within budget. Chapters give detailed coverage of critical topics: design options, selecting and supervising the architect and contractor, cost estimates, budgets, plan specifications, contracts, dealing with town officials and keeping track of everything along the way. For each stage of the project there is detailed information on common pitfalls and how to avoid them, as well as insiders’ tips which reveal what most contractors can’t tell you. This book was previously published by Warner Books (2004) and titled What the “Experts” May Not Tell You About Building or Renovating Your Home.

Housebuilding: A Do-It-Yourself Guide, Revised & Expanded

  • June 1, 2007 by R. J. DeCristoforo (Author), Mary DeCristoforo (Author)$19
  • House building has always been the book of choice for prospective home builders—and with this extensive, thoughtful revision, it becomes a resource readers will continue to depend on for years to come. In addition to showcasing 800 exciting new full-color illustrations and more than 50 color photographs, an improved two-column design makes the text easier to follow. Photo captions—not in previous editions—allow readers to browse through quickly. Also included for the first time: a chapter on environmentally friendly building alternatives; increased emphasis on safety; information on modern cordless tools; updated techniques, materials, and standards; energy-efficient options, from structural insulated panels to radiant floor heating; a current appendix of major manufacturers, resources, and websites; and much, much more.

The Complete Guide to Contracting Your Home: A Step-by-Step Method for Managing Home Construction Fifth Edition

  • by Kent Lester (Author), Dave McGuerty (Author) $19
  • Whether you want to take on all the responsibility of contracting your home or simply want to intelligently communicate with your homebuilder, The Complete Guide to Contracting Your Home can help you save 30% or more on the cost of home construction by teaching you the ins and outs of managing your construction project.
  • Learn how to get your project off to a solid start. Get financial and legal details in language you can understand. Learn what to consider when selecting a lot and how to deal with suppliers, labor and subcontractors. Gain understanding of building codes and inspections so you can manage with authority, confidence, and efficiency.
  • This extensive guide walks you through each phase of construction including preconstruction, foundations, framing, roofing, plumbing, electrical, masonry, siding, insulation, drywall, trim, painting, cabinetry, countertops, flooring, tile and landscaping.
  • Completely revised and updated, this edition includes a new section on sustainable building as well as the most comprehensive building resources section ever compiled. You’ll find schedules, order forms, control logs, contracts and checklists to help keep your project on track.

The Owner-Builder Book: How You Can Save More Than $100,000 in the Construction of Your Custom Home, 4th Edition

  • January 15, 2007 by Mark A. Smith (Author), Elaine M. Smith (Author)
  • This easy to understand, step-by-step guide is clear enough for even a novice to understand, Even if you hire a contractor to build you home, this book will greatly help you understand the process. From shopping for a piece of land to getting a loan to dealing with a contractor, the Smiths’ advice covers everything about building a home. The authors advise on getting organized and tackling the hardest parts of the process step by step. Included are valuable lists, charts, ideas and questionnaires. Also, how to shop around for bargains and minimize costs room by room.

Building Your Own Home For Dummies

  • February 25, 2005 by Kevin Daum (Author), Janice Brewster $14
  • Keep construction on track with helpful checklists.  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 — and staying sane during the process!
  • Discover how to: Find the best homesite, Navigate the plan approval process, Obtain financing,  Hire the right contractor, Cut design and construction costs, Avoid common mistakes

Building Your Home: A Simple Guide to Making Good Decisions

  • April 11, 2017 by Kristina Leigh Wiggins (Author) $16
  • Coming in 2020! EXCITING NEWS! The app accompanying this book is being redeveloped by the author for a fuller, smoother experience, and will be relaunched as ”Simply Done!”
  • In this smart and witty guide to building a home while keeping your sanity, architect Kristina Leigh Wiggins shares knowledge accumulated from years of experience as a project manager, and explains how to stay organized when creating or remodeling your home. Building Your Home: A Simple Guide to Making Good Decisions is filled with beautiful photographs, helpful diagrams, and most importantly customizable worksheets for every stage of your project In this combined workbook and keepsake, Wiggins shares practical decision-making strategies based on discovering your personal needs, limitations, and goals, so that you can build the home of your dreams, one good decision at a time!

Building a Sustainable Home: Practical Green Design Choices for Your Health, Wealth, and Soul

  • August 21, 2018
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  • Learn the logistics of choosing windows, insulation, appliances, and lighting. Find out about FSC certified wood and about using reclaimed materials. Here is everything you need to make your home sustainable.
  • Whether the reader is building a new home or doing a minor remodel, a homeowner needs a framework by which to guide their decisions. These decisions are based on values, and the author posits that there are really only three reasons to go green:
  • For Our Health: By building more sustainably, we reduce our exposure to harmful chemicals and toxins.
  • For Our Wealth: By building a more durable home and being more efficient with resources like water and electricity, we reduce our monthly utility bills and ongoing maintenance expenses.
  • For Our Soul: Collectively doing the right thing for our planet does make a difference—and that is soul-nourishing.
  • The green building movement has produced hundreds of “how-to” books and websites that are filled with tips about green building and what homeowners should do to go green. While helpful and informative, when it comes to making actual purchasing and installation decisions, these books do not make it any easier for a homeowner to prioritize against a budget. Here, Melisssa Rappaport Schifman shares her knowledge and experience for others to use in their journey toward a greener way of living.

Super House: Design Your Dream Home for Super Energy Efficiency, Total Comfort, Dazzling Beauty, Awesome Strength, and Economy

  • March 1, 2015 $60
  • SUPER HOUSE was written to empower anyone to create an ideal home. If you want to design a new home or make an addition to an existing home, it leads you step-by-step through everything you need to know. For renovations and repairs, you will find the critical information that guarantees a perfect job. If you are buying an appliance, Super House advises you how to make the best choice. If you are shopping for a home on the market, Super House is the ideal guide to all the features you want.
  • The author, Donald Wulfinghoff, is a world renowned expert on building design. He wrote Super House to enable anyone, regardless of background, to enjoy the benefits of a home that is super-efficient, totally comfortable, free of health hazards, strong, and beautiful. A host of innovations advance the state of the art, while using conventional materials and construction methods for economy and reliability.

Super House is organized in Eight Steps:

  • Step 1 shows you how to design every room, how to arrange the rooms for convenience and efficiency, and how to create a beautiful style
  • Step 2 explains how to make the best use of windows and skylights for daylighting, view, ventilation, solar heating, and emergency escape
  • Step 3 creates a super-efficient structure that will remain intact for centuries, protecting the family from radon, fire, tornadoes, earthquakes, and intruders
  • Step 4 recommends the best methods of heating, cooling, and ventilation for comfort, energy efficiency, and freedom from health problems
  • Step 5 covers elegant plumbing fixtures, efficient water heating, and making your water supply safe
  • Step 6 explains how to achieve the most efficient and visually effective lighting
  • Step 7 gives you tips for selecting every type of major appliance
  • Step 8 advises you how to deal with your contractors to get your project done perfectly.

In addition, Super House explains alternative energy sources and technologies, including wood burning, solar energy, wind energy, geothermal heat pumps, earth-sheltered construction, water recycling, and living off the grid, with important cautions about each.

Essential Sustainable Home Design: A Complete Guide to Goals, Options, and the Design Process (Sustainable Building Essentials Series) 

  • July 31, 2017 by Chris Magwood (Author) $35
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  • Design your own sustainable home. Many people dream of building a beautiful, environmentally friendly home. But until now there has been no systematic guide to help potential builders work through the complete process of imagining, planning, designing, and building their ideal, sustainable home.
  • Essential Sustainable Home Design walks potential home builders through the process starting with key concepts, principles, and a project vision that will guide the house to completion.
  • Coverage includes: How to clarify your ideas and create a practical pathway to achieving your dream, A criteria matrix to guide design, material, and systems decisions, Creating a strong, integrated design team and working with professionals and code officials to keep the project on track from start to finish, Key building science concepts that make for a high-performance, durable building, Primer on building logistics, material sourcing, and protocols to ensure that the initial vision for the project comes to fruition, One-page summaries and ratings of popular sustainable building materials and system options.
  • Ideal for owner-builders and sustainable building contractors working with clients aiming to design and build a sustainable home.
  • Chris Magwood has designed and built some of the most innovative, sustainable buildings in North America, including the first off-grid, straw bale home in Ontario. He is co-founder and director the Endeavour Centre for Innovative Building and Living and co-editor of the Sustainable Building Essentials series. Chris is the author of Essential Prefab Straw Bale Construction, Essential Hempcrete Construction, Straw Bale Details, More Straw Bale Building , and Making Better Buildings .

Green Home Building: Money-Saving Strategies for an Affordable, Healthy, High-Performance Home

  • September 1, 2014 by Miki Cook (Author), Doug Garrett (Author) $17
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  • A comprehensive guide to building green on any budget.
  • According to conventional wisdom, building a green home is an expensive endeavor. The standard approach treats green as an add-on, tacking “premium” products, finishes, and equipment onto a traditional home design. As a result, many green home projects end up over budget or fail to achieve their environmental and performance goals.
  • Green Home Building explodes the myth that green homes have to cost more. Using proven methods based on applied building science, the authors show how to: Lower base construction costs to provide funding for high performance upgrades, Achieve a net-zero energy home, including “zero-ing” water, waste, carbon, and associated costs within fifteen years, Live affordably into the future, despite anticipated rising costs for fuel, water, materials, taxes, and health care
  • This comprehensive guide to building green on any budget defines the strategies that maximize the return on green investments. Written for anyone who has ever been swayed by the argument that the price tag limits how green a home can be, Green Home Building is a must-read for builders, contractors, architects, designers, and homeowners.
  • Miki Cook is a green building and sustainability consultant who has dedicated her career to educating contractors and the public on the strategies, methods, and benefits of green homes.
  • Doug Garrett has trained thousands of homebuilders, architects, and sub-contractors to build energy-efficient homes using applied building science to improve comfort, durability, and healthfulness while meeting or exceeding the energy code.

The Greenest Home: Superinsulated and Passive House Design

  • June 4, 2013 by Julie Torres Moskovitz (Author) $32
  • Passive is the new green. Passive Houses—well insulated, virtually airtight buildings—can decrease home heating consumption by an astounding 90 percent, making them not only an attractive choice for prospective homeowners, but also the right choice for a sustainable future. The Greenest Home showcases eighteen of the world’s most attractive Passive Houses by forward-thinking architects such as Bernheimer Architecture, Olson Kundig Architects, and Onion Flats, among many others. Each case study consists of a detailed project description, plans, and photographs.
  • An appendix lists helpful technical information. Including a mix of new construction and retrofit projects built in a variety of site conditions, The Greenest Home is an inspiring sourcebook for architects and prospective homeowners, as well as a useful tool for students, and builders alike.

The New Net Zero: Leading-Edge Design and Construction of Homes and Buildings for a Renewable Energy Future

  • June 30, 2014 by Bill Maclay (Author) $59
  • The new threshold for green building is not just low energy, it’s net-zero energy. In The New Net Zero, sustainable architect Bill Maclay charts the path for designers and builders interested in exploring green design’s new frontier net-zero-energy structures that produce as much energy as they consume and are carbon neutral.
  • In a nation where traditional buildings use roughly 40 percent of the total fossil energy, the interest in net-zero building is growing enormously–among both designers interested in addressing climate change and consumers interested in energy efficiency and long-term savings. Maclay, an award-winning net-zero designer whose buildings have achieved high-performance goals at affordable costs, makes the case for a net-zero future; explains net-zero building metrics, integrated design practices, and renewable energy options; and shares his lessons learned on net-zero teambuilding.
  • Designers and builders will find a wealth of state-of-the-art information on such considerations as air, water, and vapor barriers; embodied energy; residential and commercial net-zero standards; monitoring and commissioning; insulation options; costs; and more.
  • The comprehensive overview is accompanied by several case studies, which include institutional buildings, commercial projects, and residences. Both new-building and renovation projects are covered in detail.
  • The New Net Zero is geared toward professionals exploring net-zero design, but also suitable for nonprofessionals seeking ideas and strategies on net-zero options that are beautiful and renewably powered.

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