- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Rodelia Books; 4th Revised edition edition (17 Nov. 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0952485230
- ISBN-13: 978-0952485230
- Product Dimensions: 29.6 x 21 x 2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (226 customer reviews)
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The Housebuilder's Bible Millennium Edition Paperback – 17 Nov 1999
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About the Author
Mark Brinkley, b 1953, is best-known as the author of the Housebuilder's Bible, a project he has been working on since 1993. Prior to that he worked as a builder and developer, and the book is based around his experiences and observations. He also writes regular columns in Homebuilding & Renovating magazine, and maintains a blog -- House 2.0 -- on housing matters. Or you can follow his sporadic Twitter feed @slopingsite He went to Trinity College, Cambridge in the 1970s and then worked in a variety of alternative jobs and activities. He began building in 1980 when he carried out an eco-renovation on his first house, and went on to work on a number of projects, including building his own home in 1992. The project gave him the impetus to start analysing and writing about the building process and he has spent the past twenty years studying the way we build homes in Britain. He lives in Cambridge and, when he is not writing or researching, he spends time pottering about, walking the country tracks, playing a little golf from time to time, and worrying about climate change, to very little effect. He plays guitar rather badly and has a soft spot for checked shirts and country music, suspecting he may have been a hillbilly in a former life. "That's quite enough gratuitous detail. If you want to know more about me and my work, visit my website at www.markbrinkley.net." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
Mark Brinkley's book is different. It is immediately clear that this is written by a man who really knows about house building, both as a professional and a self-builder. He explains simply how houses are built, what choices there are to be made and what follows from them. Even better he explains why bulders, developers and the various subcontractors behave the way they do.
Building is not rocket science but there are many things that need to come together for it to work. Even if you don't intend to lift so much as a shovel in the process of your house build, you need to know the information in this book. It is clearly presented and easy to follow and cuts through the spin that various intrest groups put 'facts' and figures leaving you in a good position to make informed decisions.
For a book that contains so much information and insight, it is very easy to read and even entertaining in places and on top of that it really gives you a feel for what it is like to build your own house. I am 60% through the process of building my own house and still refer to this book often - if you only buy one book on self-build this should be it.
This title may mislead you to think this is a practical book, it isn't. However it is an excellent book, it has tables which allow you to work out the material and labour costs for just about every individual task involved with building a house. Rates are given in PC sums or as square or cubic metre rates.
I have prepared the detailed costings for my build using Marks tables, and it brings out many things which might have slipped by in my calculations. The cost per lightfitting to the charge per linear metre for scaffolding.
There is a fair amount of background detail to various stages of the build and to who does what and how to organise things. With plenty of examples of the various methods of achieving the results i.e. drylining costs and plastering costs are detailed.
It does take some getting used to, you need to look at the front example build find the relevant chapter and look at the breakdown and then find the relevant table to see the full breakdown of material & labour costs.
A very good book and a must if you want to know what you should expect to pay.
I now have the 98/99 version and the book although not greatly changed remains an indispensable item for those who are Selfbuilding rather than just taking a turnkey package from a company.
Still a little lean on timber frame details, but at least some new data in this version.
I can honestly recommend this book for anyone interested in carrying out a Selfbuild.
It doesn't set out to tell you how to project manage building a house. HOWEVER, it's written in such a way that I learnt enough from an earlier edition of this book to do exactly that. It DOES tell you how much it might all end up costing and how to keep control over the costs when you are project managing - or more importantly - someone else is project managing the work.
By dissecting each part of the build process from planning all the way through to putting up curtains it gives you an excellent idea of what's involved when you build a house and as I've said controlling the single most important issue which is cost - and trust me on this - controlling costs IS the number one issue you will face.
It provides practical and objective information about all aspects of house building; it is easily understood by the lay person, without any 'dumbing down', and a useful reference for beginners and professionals alike.
It clearly lays out all the options and costs for each stage of building, allowing you to make informed decisions on how to proceed.
Whether self-building or employing builders, don't consider embarking on any building project without reading it first.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very helpful if you intend to manage a house-building project, no matter how small.Published 1 month ago by A Customer
This book is all text and no pictures, which I struggle with. It is also a book that really is for someone building a house rather than renovating one (although it does have many... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Charlie R
it is funny, to the point, extrememly well informed, recommend with 5 starsPublished 1 month ago by "cheltonian"
Bit disappointed in this book. It is quite good if you want to know how much "stuff" to order but doesn't go into enough detail if you want to do most of the work yourself. Read morePublished 2 months ago by MR J SHEWAN
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