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Building Your Own Home For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-471-75106-9
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384 pages
May 2005
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Introduction.

Part I: Getting Started: The 411 on Custom Home Building.

Chapter 1: The Custom Home Process in a Nutshell.

Chapter 2: Preparing for the Process.

Chapter 3: The Land Grab: Selecting the Perfect Site.

Chapter 4: Defining Your House Style.

Chapter 5: Architects and Design: Time Spent Is Money Saved.

Chapter 6: Engineering and Plan Approval: Bureaucracy Made Somewhat Easy.

Part II: All You Need Is Dough: Financing Your Custom Home.

Chapter 7: Cash Is King: Using Debt to Your Advantage.

Chapter 8: Knowledge Is Power: What You Don’t Know About Construction Loans Can Hurt You.

Chapter 9: Qualifying: It’s the Bank’s Way or the Highway.

Chapter 10: Show Me the Money.

Part III: Hammers and Nails: The Construction Process.

Chapter 11: All the King’s Men: The Contractor and His Cohorts.

Chapter 12: Excavation and Foundation: Getting a Solid Start.

Chapter 13: Framing and Rough: So Much Goes Behind Those Walls!

Chapter 14: Heading for the Finish: So Much Detail.

Part IV: All the After Stuff.

Chapter 15: Home Sweet Nest Egg: Moving In and Managing Your New Investment.

Chapter 16: Refinancing: More Money, Cheaper Payments.

Chapter 17: Taking It Outside: The Art of Landscaping.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 18: Ten Common Custom Home Mistakes and How to Avoid ’Em.

Chapter 19: Ten Great Ways to Lower Construction Costs.

Chapter 20: Ten Common Stuck-in-the-Middle Problems and Their Fixes.

Chapter 21: Ten Helpful Custom Home Resources.

Chapter 22: Ten Ways to Make Your Home Green.

Index.

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