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Decisions, decisions.

On a grand scale, Christmas wishes could include a brand-new home or room addition. To make that dream come true, many people build for themselves, saving the cost of professional labor and turning their dream into a labor of love.

if you know someone who gets a twinkle in the eye at the thought of doing the same, one of these half-dozen books--the best we've come across in the last few years--could make a good gift. Each contains valuable information and practical how-to advice for serious owner-builders or do-it-yourself remodelers.

And while Sunset Books doesn't have a title on building an entire house, we publish a series of idea-filled, how-to books on many aspects of building, remodeling, and home improvement. Topics include basic carpentry, plumbing, wiring, and home repairs; kitchens, bathrooms, and bedrooms, patios and decks; and solar energy.

Decisions, Decisions, by Sharon Schwemin (Box 1081, Danville, Calif., 1985; $7.95). This 62-page paperback workbook can get your thinking started in the right direction. Initial sections include advice on planning your home, choosing an architect and general contractor, and obtaining financing.

The rest of the book consists of lists of questions and options to consider for the entire project, from choosing the site to selecting flooring for a closet. You'll find yourself thinking hard about what you'd like--and what you can afford--indoors and outdoors. The book also has blank pages for your own notes.
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