A homey guide to house-buying starts off with an extended close-up of buyer's nightmare (1950's subdivision variety), makes darting mention of the split-level popularity which succeeded it, then gets down to business (and brass tacks) with an upstairs, downstairs, in my lady's chamber assessment of a prospective home. The author deals with construction, floor plans, and layouts (kitchen, bathroom, traffic patterns, etc.); with the outward shape of things (styles) and the inward comforts (facilities). She gives pointers on buying and selling and places the services of broker and lawyer. There is some concern too for the site, for zoning and the relation of the price of the particular house to those in the neighborhood. But this is at its best when detailing the specifics of the house in question and offers a sound aid to the would-be wise buyer.