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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: New Holland Publishers Ltd (1 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780090897
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780090894
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.1 x 14.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 226,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Paul Hymers, MIAS, MBEng, is a corporate building engineer who works as a Building Control Officer for his local council in Kent. He checks and approves plans and monitors work in progress.

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130 of 133 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Aug. 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is perfect for anyone who wants to manage a home extention project. There is invaluable advice on all the major aspects of getting work done on time, safely and cost effectively. It also deals with legal aspects (in plain English) that will ensure that if anything goes wrong, you and your money are protected. But DON'T buy this book if you are looking for information on how to build it yourself. This book is designed to give you enough information about the work you are employing builders to do so that they don't rip you off with shoddy or dangerous work. All in all this is an excellent book with gems of vital information on each page.
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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful By P. J. Goble on 17 Mar. 2001
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I am planning an extension to our home and, since reading the book, realise how many holes I could fall into!
the book is very clearly set out and indexed, starts at the beginning (when your extension is just a vague idea), and takes you step by step through the whole process. It is illustrated with very clear diagrams and graphics, and uses non-technical language to put across stuff you never even thought of, but which is crucial to seeing your dream become reality.
There are lots of checklists that tell you what to look out for at each stage of the work, so you know how to keep abreast of what Bob the Builder is up to (or not up to, as the case may be).
When I asked the first person who wanted to do the job if he was "Vat-registered", his sharp intake of breath was a revelation!
Don't spend a penny on that extension till you've bought a copy. It could save you thousands!
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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful By borg2560@yahoo.co.uk on 24 Feb. 2002
Format: Paperback
The book is ideal for someone who knows little of the construction industry, but would feel less intimidated after reading.
As a builder myself, I bought the book out of sheer curiosity. I found it to be structured in such a way as to complement the new build extension as it progresses.
Very factual, and as the saying goes, I have to admit, that even I was caught out by "Well I did`nt know that!"
If you buy this book, you definetly will not be caught out by the cowboys!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazoniac TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Oct. 2013
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We are about to embark on our own side extension and, because of our previous experience in trusting "the experts", have decided to act as our own build managers on this job.
(Our previous experience was a barn conversion, and were ripped off royally as we were foolish enough to appoint a build manager who simply employed just one subcontractor (a friend of his) to do all the work, so no chance to compare quotes and get the best deals).
We then had to spend a lot of time and effort rectifying problems caused by incompetent building work (flooding in the lounge for example because of the wrong dpm being used for cheapness). The build manager also pocketed the fees we paid him to pay for an NHBC guarantee, so we had all that to sort out as well.
This book is a mine of information, from the planning to the final completion, and covers all the stages in between - which is useful to get a feel of how a build actually progresses.
You also get the benefit of knowing what you are talking about as he provides a lot of detailed information on each of the components that should be used to get the job done properly. He points out, for example, that some builders will try and omit the cavity tray on an extension because it is a fiddly and time consuming job for them (but, of course is essential for you if you want a dry room at the end of a rainstorm).
It is a very useful source of reference, and I just wish that I had bought a book like this before, so that at least I could have argued over certain issues, rather than just being presented with a huge bill and an ocean of problems to rectify.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tim Britton on 1 Feb. 2009
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Hymer's 176 page, A5 sized, soft back book is an informative work on the ins and outs of extending your property. Despite having a construction background - 'on the tools' until a few years ago - there were tips, suggestions and information in it that I found extremely useful. Planning law, neigbourly disputes and the way local authorities work are all covered, as are tips on how to look at your property to see potential problems before you start work - trees, hedges and ground types. The actual process from foundation to roofing is explained too and the book shows why work is completed a certain way, often confusing to those not involved in the process.
Whether you wish to tackle the job your self or just be able to understand waht the professionals you hire to do it for you are talking about then this book should be on your bookshelf.
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55 of 62 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Mar. 2000
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Written by a building control officer this book provides a good backgrounder to those who are contemplating having an extension built for them. The book is written in a personable manner and touches on most areas involved with the whole process from planning to completion. However, for those like myself, who want to learn about doing it all themselves, the book is frustratingly breif in certain areas.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ade-in-wales on 17 Jun. 2012
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This book is a useful collation of information spanning the totality of the work from initial concepts to final sign off. It has a wide range of useful tips at each stage, and should enable a novice to approach the project with confidence. I guess I found the cover picture a bit confusing as it suggests the book includes details of construction techniques: it does not - if you want this level of detail you will need a more rigourous almanac or such-like.
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