Title:Well Built House: Revised ed
What you need to know before building a new house or remodeling an old one.
The Well-Built House. Jim Locke. This is now classic essential reading for anyone thinking of building a house, adding on to or remodeling an existing one. Locke provides information on planning a timetable, choosing contractors and architects,(and what to expect and demand of them), siting your house, and details the process of building everything from foundations to windows to counter tops. Not a "how-to" but meant to teach you what is "good" construction and materials so you can be aware of quality issues and generaly be an "informed" consumer instead of feeling like a "victim". 288 pp., line drawings. $14.00 pb. Houghton-Mifflin