The Housebuilder's Bible

The Housebuilder's Bible : An Insider's Guide to the Construction Jungle

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"The Housebuilder's Bible" is unique - the first book in its field to mix information and advice with detailed yardstick costings for residential building projects. The author is an experienced house builder and renovator and much of the detail in the book is drawn from trade experience. It's very much an insider's guide and experienced construction professionals have expressed amazement at the amount of detailed information in the book. Yet it's accessible - many readers who have never been involved with building before have used this book to successfully build their own homes. The seventh edition has been fully revised and updated to reflect recent changes in prices, Building Regulations and other legislation. It also includes an expanded green building section, more information on extensions and a snagging list. It's an ideal companion for anybody, self builder or professional, who wants to know more about building well and on a budget.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 170 x 240 x 28mm | 1,046g
  • Ovolo Publishing Ltd
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 7th Revised edition
  • Illustrations (some col.)
  • 0954867440
  • 9780954867447
  • 299,584

Table of contents

Chapter One Background 8 The Builders' dilemma 08 Housebuilding in the UK 10 Selfbuild 13 Chapter Two The Benchmark House 20 Developer House (Benchmark) 20 Selfbuild house 1 27 Selfbuild house 2 34 Chapter Three Pitfalls 38 Finding Land 38 Renovate or rebuild 42 Legal pitfalls 43 Some planning traps 44 Problem plots 49 Bad design 52 Chapter Four Design 54 Design 54 Planning permission 58 Building Regs & Party Wall Act 61 Choosing a designer 65 Timber frame packages 70 Shape and size 76 Chapter Five Project Management 78 Raising finance 79 Working with builders 82 Hiring subbies 88 Contracts 91 Running a site 95 Insurance & warranties 100 Book-keeping 103 VAT 104 Other taxes 108 Chapter Six Groundworks 110 Excavations 112 Foundations 114 Ground floors 116 Slopes, bad ground and trees 120 Services 123 Drains 125 Chapter Seven Superstructure 132 Introduction 132 Inner skin 132 Alternative skins 138 Claddings 144 Insulation 152 Joinery 155 Choosing windows 160 External doors 167 Intermediate floors 169 Internal walls & beams 174 Roof carcassing 177 Roof covers 183 Rainwater 190 Chapter Eight Heating & plumbing 192 On heat 192 Standard heating 193 Which fuel? 195 Boilers 201 Emitters 205 Domestic hot water 208 Heating controls 212 Heat pumps 215 Alternative heating 221 Ventilation 223 Fires & chimneys 227 Plumbing 228 Chapter Nine Wiring 232 Introduction 232 House wiring 233 Lighting 237 Lightbulbs 239 Built-in vacuums 242 TVs, phones and cables 244 Chapter Ten Finishes 248 Internal wall finishes 248 Floor finishes 252 Second fix carpentry 256 Painting and decorating 264 Curtains and blinds 269 Driveways and pavings 270 Fencing and turfing 274 Chapter Eleven Room by Room 276 Kitchen design 276 Kitchen units 278 Sinks 281 Kitchen worktops 283 Kitchen appliances 284 Kitchen waste 289 Bathrooms 290 Bedrooms 296 The home office 298 Garages 300 Chapter Twelve Adding Extra Space 304 Design 305 Extensions 309 Connecting old and new 310 Moving and extending services 311 Loft conversions 312 Conservatories 318 Garden workspaces 320 Basements 322 Chapter Thirteen Shopping 326 Taking off quantities 326 Entering the bazaar 329 Hiring in plant 335 Trucking 338 Concrete 339 Steel 340 Mortars 341 Timber 344 Joinery 346 Chapter Fourteen Green Issues 348 Construction audit 349 The energy efficiency regs 354 Understanding U values 356 Heat calcs and energy ratings 359 Energy saving tips 367 Microgeneration 369 Low energy lighting 373 Kitchen & laundry 375 Saving water 377 Water treatment 382 Eco houses 384 Chapter Fifteen Apocrypha 386 Beware building costs 386 Accessibility 389 Future proofing 392 Security & safety 393 Sound advice 399 Barn conversions 403 Brinkley's snagging list 408 Endpiece: crucial measurements 415 The story of the Bible 416 Contacts 420 Index 426
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About Mark Brinkley

Mark Brinkley is an experienced housebuilder and renovator and much of the detail in the book is drawn from trade experience. He is famous for his best-selling book The Housebuilder's Bible and is in demand as a speaker and author. He writes regularly in Homebuilding & Renovating magazine as well as in building trade tiles.
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