Building Your Own Home For Dummies
Turn your dream of a custom home into reality!
Thinking about building your own home? This easy-to-follow guide shows you how to plan and build a beautiful home on any budget. From acquiring land to finding the best architect to overseeing the construction, you get lots of savvy tips on managing your new investment wisely -- and staying sane during the process!
Discover how to:
* Find the best homesite
* Navigate the plan approval process
* Obtain financing
* Hire the right contractor
* Cut design and construction costs
* Avoid common mistakes
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.
Janice Brewster served as editor of Log Home Living magazine for five years. Brewster has been involved in the custom home industry for more than 10 years.
Peter Economy is Associate Editor for the Drucker Foundation's award-winning magazine Leader to Leader and a featured expert for AllBusiness.com. He's the coauthor of the books Leadership Ensemble: Lessons in Collaborative Management from the World's Only Conductorless Orchestra, Strategic Tools for Social Entrepreneurs: Enhancing the Performance of Your Enterprising Nonprofit, and many others, including Consulting For Dummies, Home-Based Business For Dummies, and Raising Capital For Dummies.