Explains how to go about building a home that will save you money, save energy, minimize carbon emissions and greenhouse gas production [the main causes of climate change] and above all, provide a home of exceptional thermal comfort, not too hot, not too cold, in fact just right for you and your family.
A practical guide for those tempted to buy a building which needs extensive refurbishment or who simply need more space to accommodate a growing family or an office at home. Each stage, from getting planning permission to what happens when the builders arrive, is covered and case studies provided.
Many bricklaying, plastering and masonry jobs can be mastered by a do-it-yourselfer. This guide explains the basic techniques and provides detailed instructions for 30 projects in the house and garden, suitable for beginners.
Full of detailed construction drawings, this book covers cut roofs, bolted truss roofs, trussed rafter roofs, trimmed openings and ventilation. A major section deals with loft to attic room conversions, giving guidance on planning procedures, as well as dealing with structural matters and specifying conversion work.
Includes a directory of useful contacts, Web sites, and organisations to get you started Everything you need to know to build your ideal home Why compromise when you can get the home you've always dreamed of? Self-Build and Renovation For Dummies is the comprehensive guide that shows you how.
Whether you're a professional builder or a homeowner about to embark on building work, this handy-sized book contains everything you need to know to ensure the work runs smoothly. Thorough, clearly explained advice and information will guide you through the whole process and answer any questions you may have.