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Design and Build Your Own Home
DIY Builder

Independent Builder: Designing & Building a House Your Own Way Independent Builder:
Designing & Building a House Your Own Way

(Real Goods Independent Living Books)
by Sam Clark
Paperback (1996)

How-To Editor's Recommended Book.  Subtitled "Designing and Building a House Your Own Way," this is the book for anyone thinking about building their own home. It is comprehensive, detailed and covers subjects I have never before seen covered in home building books, like how to make a small house seem bigger, incorporating ergonomics and accessibility, doing your own drawings and scale models, making contracts that work, and working effectively with professional designers and builders. With detailed diagrams and photographs, this is the most thorough overall guide to building your own home I have ever seen (and I've seen a lot!).

Timber Frame Construction: All About Post-And-Beam Building Timber Frame Construction:
All About Post-And-Beam Building

by Jack Sobon, Roger Schroeder
Paperback (1984)

Explains the basics of timber-frame construction in terms the beginner can understand: framing; designing for strength and beauty; using modern tools, and selecting the appropriate wood.