ISBN: 9780930031855 Year Added to Catalog: 2004 Book Format: Paperback Book Art: b&w illustrations and photographs, appendices, index Number of Pages: 7 1/2 x 10, 528 pages Book Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Old ISBN: 0930031857 Release Date: August 1, 1996 Web Product ID: 242
This is a comprehensive manual of design and building methods for owner-builders as well as professional builders and their clients. In addition to presenting specific building techniques, the book explains the design principles and planning processes that underlie all good building, so that readers can develop their own exceptional designs, independently.
The Real Goods Independent Builder develops subjects not covered thoroughly in other books, but critical to success:
Designing small houses that seem big
Estimating and controlling costs
Incorporating ergonomics and accessibility
Doing drawings and scale models
Making contracts that work
About the Author
Sam Clark is a builder who has worked with owner-builders since the late 1960's. His book Designing and Building Your Own House Your Own Way helped thousands of people manage their building projects. He is also the author of The Motion-Minded Kitchen, and co-author (with Margaret Wylde and Adrian Baron-Robbins) of Building For a Lifetime. Sam works with Iron Bridge Woodworkers and with The Buildings Group (accessible design and facilities planning), both based in Plainfield, Vermont. He also has his own design company Sam Clark Design. ...