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Building your own house.

Building Your Own house, by Robert Roskind (Ten Speed Press, Berkeley, 1984; $17.95). Subtitled The First Part: From Foundations to Framing, this detailed 436-page volume is the first of a planned series.

It begins with a thoughtful discussion of house design, types of construction, and proper materials. Dozens of black-and-white photographs and illustrations show each phase of building--from marking the site and doing foundation work all the way through applying roofing and siding--accompanied by step-by-step instructions.

Work sheets and check lists will help you track and cost out each job. And brief but useful asides (like "margin of error" and "most common mistakes") should help you avoid pitfalls along the way.
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Date:Dec 1, 1985
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