“If you are thinking about building a new house, or renovating your current home, first read [this book].”— San Diego Union-Tribune
“If you are bound and determined to plunge ahead…pick up a copy of this little book before you start.”— Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“If you’re intrigued by the idea of being your own contractor for your dream house, here’s where to begin.”— Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
“…Heldmann offers something that you can hold dear for a lifetime: the skinny on homebuilding.” — Timber Home Building
“Carl Heldmann has written the bible for people who want to act as their own general contractor….Strewn through the book are interesting tidbits a layman probably wouldn’t hear unless he showed up at a job site at break time with a box of Krispy Kreme doughnuts.” – Los Angeles Times
From the Back Cover
This excellent book offers the average person a way to say 25% of the high cost of a new house. Recommended. (Library Journal)
For those who are considering building a home (or addition) this book is a must! (American Homeowners Foundation)
If you can balance a checkbook, read, and deal with people in a fair manner, you can build your own house or addition. You don't need any technical knowledge or building skills - in fact, you'll never pick up a hammer.
With veteran contractor Carl Heldmann as a guide, you'll learn that you can get exactly the house you want, done the way you want it, for less.
In this completely revised and updated fourth edition of his classic how-to book (more than 185,000 copies in print), Heldmann gives an overview of all the steps of building and includes a glossary of building and business terms and sample contracts. He tells how to:
Develop house plans
Identify cost-saving options
Buy materials and supplies
Estimate building costs