The Visual Handbook of Building and Remodeling

The Visual Handbook of Building and Remodeling

A Comprehensive Guide to Choosing the Right Materials and Systems for Every Part of your Home

Book - 2009
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This enlarged, updated, and expanded third edition of the classic reference on home systems and materials includes the latest code information, new full-color drawings, and a completely new section on making your home green. The 1,600 full-color drawings provide a clear look at every aspect of home construction and systems.
Publisher: Newtown, CT : Taunton Press, c2009
Edition: 3rd ed
ISBN: 9781600852466
Characteristics: 632 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), maps (some col.) ; 28 cm


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Apr 12, 2017

For unknown reasons, this book was rated 3 1/2 stars. It's worthy of a full 5-stars. It gets straight to the point and practically explains how to build a home by yourself, with every little detail covered, well-illustrated for easy understanding, and full of handy reference charts.

The only drawback is that it hasn't been updated since its last edition -- 3rd, published in 2009 -- which is significantly dated in relationship to building codes (references to 2006 IRC), and it lacks any reference to light-gauge steel stud construction. With important changes in the International Energy Efficiency Code since this book was published, there are many updates this book could use.

It is not Architectural Graphic Standards, however, it is an excellent reference book if you want to build or remodel a home or just have a handy reference book for residential design.


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