Creating a dream home just shouldn't be a nightmare, but hiring people to design and build for you is an enormous investment and a high-risk endeavor involving decisions that will last forever. Most homeowners spend about 20% of their time on the plan and 80% of their time on a messy, traumatic, expensive construction phase, often with bad consequences. Pros spend 80% of their time on the plan and 20% on a smooth construction phase with the desired outcome. But the homeowners can't know what goes into a solid plan unless someone tells them. After years of hearing bright people tell me horror stories about their experiences I thought ‘If owners knew even a fraction of what the professionals did, they could avoid most of these problems.’ I hope you find this book illuminating and helpful. Best of luck with your project.
Extremely helpful with great examples of what COULD happen if you don't pay attention to the details ahead of time. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Darcie Snyder
Tremendously helpful with my year long renovation! I recommend reading it before you start the bidding process. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lorraine
Wow! This book was extremely helpful..so much information that made my job that much easier. I would recommend this book to any one looking to save time and money!Published 1 month ago by Kenneth
I've decided to tone down my review: I will list the key points instead.
1) the book appears to be written from a point of view of a person in defense of modern high volume... Read more
the book is excellent, and provide a lot of ideas about construction. It developes construction management basis of every part of the process of construction. good book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by santiago
Worth it if you are going to build or remodel. Well organized, detailed and I very useful. I took lots of notes. It will form the basis of my guide. Lots to learn.Published 2 months ago by Robert Watson
If you're building a house or doing a major renovation, this book is a great tool. Walks you through the whole process of hiring architects/builders, setting up financing and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by JBu
Witty, Charming, and Wise.
With Ms. Johnston's wisdom I was more than prepared to hire architects, bid contractors, and hold everyone accountable. Read more