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Home Extensions: Planning, Managing and Completing Your Extension [Hardcover]

Laurie Williamson
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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28 April 2000
"Home Extensions" is a step-by-step guide designed to assist anyone planning a new building project. It is filled with all the important points of good building practice that must be observed during construction works to ensure that the quality of the work is to an acceptable standard. Topics covered include initial plans and planning applications; finding contractors; buying materials; managing the different stages; completing the work; and tying up loose ends.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd; 1st Edition edition (28 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861262914
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861262912
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 19.8 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 315,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Laurie Williams is a freelance estimator with over thirty years' experience in the building industry. He works for small, local builders on conversion projects and home extension, has built his own house, and has advised and assisted scores of families wishing to improve their homes. Laurie has written two other related books for The Crowood Press: Loft Conversions and Garage Conversions. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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108 of 109 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Home extension due 5 April 2003
By Mark
I bought this because I am about to embark on a large extension & want to remind myself of building terminology & practices. It was also to give my wife an insight into building terms.
Yes the book is useful but as I was in the building trade a few years ago (15) I do remember a lot of this. This book would be useful to someone with little or no knowledge of building. But it does not tell you everything you will need to know.
I found it did not go into enough detail in some areas like plumbing, heating controls etc. House design is changing & home automation is becomming more common as is underfloor heating.
It is very hard nowadays to get a book that covers all aspects. This book was helpful to myself.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money 27 Jun 2007
By A. Mc
I can't believe that the previous reviewers were reading the same book as I was.

This book is badly put together random paragraphs and looks rediculously outdated. It is littered with 'humorous' cartoons that I found stupid and patronising. It is laid out in magazine style but with less style and content.

Under the section for 'Installing a septic tank' for example, it tells you what one is, in about 3 sentences, no more information can be seen on septic tanks.

If you must by a book on building, you can spend your 12 in a much better way (I recommend The Housebuilders Bible)

The only thing that I can see anyone finding that this is a good book is if they have no previous building or DIY experience what so ever.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Step by Step Guide for Layman 4 Oct 2006
Having built my own extension for around 10k (2 rooms), I relied heavily on this book, Housebuilders Bible and the internet. This book is the best for broadly explaining the terms and stages of a project, in a step by step guide for the layman. Highly recommend this book and the housebuilders bible, which gives detail and prices necessary to be able to actually 'manage' a project in detail. Thank you laurie.
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117 of 133 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide to building your own extension 10 Nov 2000
By A Customer
If you are interested in extending your home, this is the book for you. Excellent advice and guides explaining step by step what is involved/required to extend your house. I have found this invaluable in building my own extension.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very poor 20 Dec 2010
By Misha
We are currently rebuilding our old farm house and we wanted to do some DIY work on our house. The book is not only very basic, doesn't have a proper start and finish, it touches some subjects but doesn't finish the idea. Only good thing is check list at the end of the book so you can get an idea what everything you will spend money on while rebuilding or extending your house. I surely wouldn't recommend this book.
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