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The best Self-Build starter text, 16 Sept. 2009
In 2006 I was interested in building my own home but I didn't know where to start. Building Your Own Home enabled me to understand the choices available to me, the pros and cons of each decision and the potential pitfalls at each stage of the self-build process. I read several similar titles but this was the easiest to read and was most thorough. It includes useful tools (e.g. project planner), check lists (e.g. for plot assessment) and real world examples. It is not a prescriptive text or a building manual. It is a starter text whose strength is that it gives a novice vital structure at the beginning of their self-build education; it enables them to better understand the choices available to them (masonary build, timber frame or something else?) and provides a platform for further research. By the end of the year (2009) I will have moved into my self-build home and the guidance contained within Building Your Own Home is a key element in me achieving my goal.