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Product Details

  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Authors Book Nook; Revised edition (May 10, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970107625
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970107626
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,176,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

"Build Your Own Low-Cost Timber and Beam House" is so clearly written--and written from experience--that anyone with basic skills in using tools can build their own house. While the author gives details about his own house plan, he also offers design alternatives. Diagrams are well-done and helpful, and the photos clearly show the results of the work.

From the Author

I had always wanted to build a log or timber and beam house. My first project was a one-room log cabin, 12 x 16, which my family thoroughly enjoyed for several years. But we realized the interior was darker than we preferred, and so we drifted toward the timber and beam construction, which allows for a variety of interior finishes while retaining the beauty of exposed wood beams. We love the result and I hope the book helps you realize your dream of building your own house.

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William H. Stephens, BA,MDiv,Dmin. Retired from Lifeway Christian Resources. Author of twelve books, including: The Mantle/Elijah/Prophet of Fire (novel published under 3 titles), Where Jesus Walked, The New Testament World in Pictures, The Archeology Bible New Testament CD (also available in Harmony CD), Build Your Own Low-Cost Timber and Beam House. Appointed Visiting Scholar by Southern Seminary in 1982 for extensive travel and study of historical and archeological sites and museums throughout Europe and Near East. Created and edited Biblical Illustrator for ten years, was senior curriculum coordinator for discipleship materials at LifeWay. Have taught pastor conferences throughout U.S. and several foreign countries. Who's Who in Religion in America, Who's Who in Bible Studies and Archeology. Currently pursuing writing, teaching, and preaching ministry. Wife Shirley is author of six books. We own Authors Book Nook, a small publisher and web company. We have three daughters and one son, all grown. The Mantle has been translated into five languages. The New Testament World in Pictures has been published in England and was placed in the Book Club catalog.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amy D. Moore on March 13, 2006
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I am in the process of building my own post and beam home with lumber we are pioneering from our own property.

I've gathered far more than the information contained in this book using great on-line resources and discussion forums on wood milling and my partner and I are both skilled enough to complete significantly better designs and plans than this author.

The book appears to be a self-published. It would have maybe been worth a 99 cent download of an e-book, but hardly worth the nearly $17 when I would have rather spent it on some more prefessional books here on Amazon.

Great if you know nothing about construction and cannot figure out how to use the A9 or Google searches to get the same information. Save your money. Buy a post and beam construction book that has real information and photos in it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 8, 2002
Format: Paperback
Build Your Own Low-cost Timber And Beam House by wooden timber and beam construction expert William Stephens is a practical, step-by-step, "user friendly", do-it-yourself guide to constructing a sturdy shelter for practical use. From selecting the right materials, to basic carpentry and assemblage instructions, Build Your Own Low-Cost Timber And Beam House is an economical, practical, and straightforward, self-help guide to creating one's own shelter. Indeed, William Stephens' own hand-built house only cost him an estimated a capital investment of $22,000. Highly recommended reading for anyone contemplating constructing their own timber or beam based dwelling, the text for Build Your Own Low-Cost Timber And Beam House is enhanced with black/withe photography and line drawn illustrations.
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