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Building Your Own Home [Paperback]

Murray Armor , David Snell
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28 Mar 2002
Each year thousands of people realise their dreams and build their own home. Written by the acknowledged expert in the self-build field, Building Your Own Home has for twenty-five years been the readers' essential reference, helping them through a minefield of conflicting advice and legislation. Building Your Own Home evaluates all the available choices. It helps you to find the right plot, choose the right design, make the right financial choices and shows you how to sort out the planning and other consents. It gives valuable information on how to go about building with either builders or subcontractors and illustrates this advice through real-life stories that highlight the experiences of self-builders. Packed with over 100 colour and black & white photographs, designs and plans, Building Your Own Home contains everything a self-builder needs to know and is the ideal companion to The Home Plans Book by the same author.

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  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press; 17th Revised edition edition (28 Mar 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091886198
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091886196
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 18.5 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 158,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Of all the books currently in existence on homebuilding, Building Your Own Home has, for over 25 years, been widely regarded as the benchmark title for the self-build movement in the UK. It is now in its seventeenth edition and has been fully updated to include the latest developments in the self-build world.

About the Author

David Snell has been in the property and building industry for four decades. He first built his own home in 1971 and then met and worked with Murray Armor, the acknowledged expert within the self-build industry for over thirty years. Following Murray's death in 1998, David took over this mantle and has become well-known for his many articles on self-building and for his appearances on the seminar platforms at self-build shows, courses and exhibitions. He is contributing editor to Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine and is The Daily Telegraph's expert on their Saturday property clinic, Bricks & Mortar.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any first time self builder 13 April 2002
Anybody who is contemplating building their own house should read this first, there is a broad overview of the whole process and advise on many difficult decisions, it also answers many of the questions that whose (me) with no knowledge need answered. The book is easy to read and flows well from section to section, an index makes referring back simple, something you will want to do both as you read the book the first time and as reference afterwards. Probably the best book you can buy on the subject
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK! 23 Jun 2010
I bought this book as we are just about to build an extension and I plan to manage the build and do as much as I can myself. This book is packed with very useful and detailed information with lots of clear and detailed diagrams.
The book takes you through from the early planning stages to finding builders,getting quotes, sourcing materials as well as all the technical and practical stuff like foundations, walls, roofing etc. There are also flowcharts and forms in the back which you can copy or apply to a spreadsheet. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Useful! 25 Aug 2005
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A very useful tool for anyone wishing to embark on a self-build.
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