HOW TO BUILD YOUR OWN HOUSE NOW: For Less Than $5,000 by Douglas Tuomey

HOW TO BUILD YOUR OWN HOUSE NOW: For Less Than $5,000

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Drive around the country, the suburbs, today, and everywhere-on Sundays and holidays you see men working on their own homes. Here is a handbook designed to help the uninitiated, yes, even to a diagram showing the right and wrong way to drive a nail, and other equally fundamental matters. There are eight complete house plans indicated, available with blueprints and specification on application. But the main body of the book deals with the hows of the actual construction, starting with selection of site, to where to purchase equipment and supplies, relative approximate costs, financing. In between the subjects covered are foundations, frame, roof, sheathing, setting doors and windows, exterior finish, partitions, interior finish, furniture, heating, insulation, wiring, plumbing, painting. Some subjects are briefly disposed of (such as wiring, where the assumption is either that there is already the ""know-how"" or that a trained electrician will be brought in). There's a glossary of terms and an Index. The plans themselves are supposed to be basic, and capable of expansion with increase in family. But it is important to know that they are small houses (two bedroom maximum). No mansions for $5,000! Excellent so far as it goes. There seem some fundamental lacks, such as instructions on reading blueprints, but perhaps the blueprints themselves carry that? Should be good merchandise, tied in with more extensive manuals.

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap