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Finishing a House: A Complete Guide from Installing Insulation to Running Trim Paperback – April 3, 2012
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About the Author
Although he has a degree in sculpture from Georgetown University, once out of college, Roe Osborn had to make a living. He soon found his way into construction, where he spent years as a professional builder, learning each aspect of the homebuilding trade. After 15 years with a hammer and tool belt, Roe joined the staff of Fine Homebuilding magazine in 1994, where as a senior editor he transformed complex construction subjects into approachable, understandable packages of concise text and clear photography. Today he makes a living as an architectural photographer on Cape Cod, where his network of construction contacts has allowed him to find just the right small house to use as the model for this book
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The book takes you through the actual construction of a house from major to minor finishing details in concise, easy to understand steps and warnings about things that appear counterintuitive.
It is one of the best, most complete books you can find on this subject.
If you haven't done this kind of work before or are still a novice, this is the book to buy.
It's at this this point that this book comes in, offering everything you need to know about installing your insulation, hanging the drywall, laying your floors, doing the trim work, installing pre-fabricated cabinets, and getting the paint on the walls. All of this is covered in great detail in this book. Many pro-tips are laced throughout, making this a great book for beginners or those with experience.
Now, it might be worth mentioning that this book is geared toward people doing finish work on new construction that is architecturally mainstream. No timber frames, no cob houses, and nothing out of the ordinary. The book is for those working on structures built with 2x4s or 2x4s; cathedral ceilings are covered, but nothing highly experimental in terms of the design is addressed in this book.
Having done most of the work described in this book at least once, I found this to be a very informative book. There are a few other books out there on finish work, but few offer as much detail and as many tricks-of-the-trade as this one. What an excellent read.