How To Contract Your Own Home

Table of Contents

 
  Introduction
1
   
 
1. The Adventure Begins
5
    Facts
6
    How To Be a Builder
8
    Develop an Attitude
11
2. Stepping Out!
13
    Other Alternatives
15
    Summary
16
3. Common House Styles
17
   

Bungalow

17
    Four-level Split (Garage Optional)
18
    Two Story (Garage Optional)
19
    Bi-level
20
4. Legal Principles & Pitfalls
21
    Introduction
21
    Getting Started
23
    Building a Home
23
    Buying a Home
26
    Conclusion
29
5. Financial Information
31
    Construction Draws (Advances)
31
    Schedule of Mortgage Advances (Draws)
33
6. Location
35
    Where's a Good Place to Build?
35
    Site or Plot Plan
37
7. How To Estimate the Cost of Building
41
    Blueprint
42
    Lot Purchase
42
    Building Permit
42
    Surveyor
43
    Excavation
43
    Concrete Calculations
44
    Wood Basements
44
    Block Basement
44
8. "Changes" -- Changes are Costly
47
    Areas of Concern
48
    Subcontractor Estimates
50
    Accepted Estimates
51
    Change Order
52
9. Cutting Costs
53
10. Hired Labor
55
    Where Are All the Workers?
56
    Payments
57
11. Working with Suppliers
59
    Where Do I Start?
59
12. Building Inspections
63
    Local Building Inspection
63
    Financial Institution Inspection
63
13. Before You Start (Read Chapter 13 FREE!)
67
14. Construction Guide
73
    Before You Start
74
    Excavation
74
    Footings & Walls
74
    Concrete
75
    Wood
75
    Concrete Block
75
    Waterproofing
75
    Doors & Windows
76
    Multi-Level Homes
76
    All Home Styles
76
    Roofing
77
    Plumbing Rough-In
76
    Concrete Floor(s)
78
    Electrical Rough-In
78
    Insulation
78
    Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning
79
    Drywall
80
    Soffit & Fasica
80
    Siding
80
    Stucco & Brick
81
    Painting
81
    Cabinets
82
    Trim & Finish Package
82
    Floor Coverings
83
    Finish Plumbing
83
    Finish Electrical
83
    Eavestroughs & Downsprouts
84
    Driveways & Sidewalks
84
    Landscaping
84
15. Site Plan
85
16. Excavation
89
17. Foundations
91
    Footing Sub Trade
92
    Basement Wall Sub Trade
93
    Wood Basement Wall Sub Trade
93
    Concrete Block Sub Trade
94
18. Framing
97
    Roof Construction
100
    Bungalow Section
101
    Bi-Level Section
102
    Two-Storey Section
103
    Wall Framing
104
    Stair Detail
105
    Floor Framing
105
    Deck Framing
105
19. Doors & Windows
107
    Types & Styles of Doors
108
    Exterior Doors
108
    Interior Doors
109
    Types & Styles of Windows
110
    Casement Windows
110
    Awning Windows
111
    Bow and Bay Windows
111
    Picture Windows
113
    Double Hung Windows
113
    Sliding Windows
113
    Custom or Specialty Windows
114
    Skylights
115
    Window Frames
116
    Wood frame windows.
116
    Wood with vinyl clad.
116
    Wood with aluminum or steel cladding.
116
    PVC Windows
116
    Types of Glass
116
    Dual Pane
117
    Triple Pane
117
    Low E Glass
117
    Reflective Glass
117
20. Plumbing
119
    The Sewer and Septic System
120
    The Wet Vent System
121
    Water Supply System
121
    Plumbing Fixtures
122
21. Electrical
125
22. Roofing
129
    Roofing Steps to Follow
130
23. Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning
131
    Oil Furnace
132
    Propane Furnace
132
    Wood Furnace
132
    Electric Forced Air Furnaces
133
    Electric Baseboard Heating
133
    Ground Water Heat Pump
133
    Options
134
    Electronic Air Filters
134
    Humidifiers
134
    De-humidifiers
134
    Air Conditioning
134
    Air Conditioning
134
    Furnace Efficiencies
135
    HVAC Sub trades
135
    Type of System
136
    Equipment Placement
136
    Bid Process
136
    Rough In
136
    Installations
136
    Inspection
137
    Deficiencies
138
    Payment
138
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24. Siding, Soffit & Fasica
139
    When Getting an Estimate
140
    Vinyl Siding
141
    Metal Siding
141
    Conclusion
142
25. Stucco & Brick
143
    Stucco
143
    Brick
145
26. Eavestroughing
147
    Gutters & Downspouts
149
27. Insulation & Soundproofing
151
    Insulation comes in different forms
151
    Types of Insulation and Their Uses:
152
    Batt Insulation
152
    Rigid Board Sheathing Insulation
152
    Attic Insulation
153
    Soundproofing
153
    Steps to Follow
153
28. Drywall
155
    Textured Ceilings
157
    If Hiring a Drywall Subtrade
158
    Drywall Bid Process
158
    Inspections
158
29. Painting
159
    Interior Painting
159
    Decorative Painting
161
    Staining
162
    Exterior Painting
162
    Steps for Painting
163
30. Cabinets, Vanities, and Countertops
165
    Step-by-Step Instructions for Cabinets
167
31. Floor Covering
171
    Color & Style
171
    Weight
172
    Weave & Pile
172
32. Trim
175
    The Staircase
176
    Treads
177
    Riser
177
    Railing
177
    Gooseneck
177
    Spindles
177
33. Garage, Driveway and Sidewalks
179
34. Landscaping
181
    Steps to Follow in Landscaping
182
35. Selling Your Own Home
185
    Conclusion
190




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