A how-to guide for construction every step of a wood-frame house.
From the initial layout of the foundation, to the outer walls, excavation and formwork, to finish carpentry and painting.
Contains large, clear illustrations and updated explanations so that you can understand and build a wood-frame house.
Everything you need to know about framing, roofing, siding, interior finishes, floor covering and stairs -- this is your complete book of wood-frame homebuilding.
This manual is the basic reference for anyone building or remodeling wood-frame houses. It has the practical information on modern building materials and methods that every builder needs to do professional-quality work.
From the layout, excavation and formwork, through finish carpentry, sheet metal and painting, every step of construction is covered in detail, with clear illustrations and step-by-step instructions.
Here you'll find everything you need to know about framing, roofing, siding, insulation and vapor barriers, interior finishing, floor coverings, millwork and cabinets, stairs, chimneys, driveways, and walks, complete "how-to" information on everything that goes into building a wood-frame house.
Many valuable tips are included:
- What you should know about building codes
- Ways to cut costs without cutting quality
- How to use reinforcing properly
- Framing hardware applications
- Manufactured beams & joists
- Fire & safety considerations
A special section on estimating, with the building process laid out as a flow chart, will help you plan all the steps in residential construction, and to estimate each one quickly and accurately. This completely rewritten edition of this very popular book gives clear, concise instructions on time-proven construction as well as the modern building techniques and materials developed in the 1980s and 1990s.
If you are looking for a reference with all the basics of wood-frame construction - this is your book.