An owner/builder can theoretically do most of the work in building his or her own house. Most building authorities recognize that people often want to do the work themselves rather than hire professional contractors and laborers. Of course an owner/builder is still subject to the same code requirements as the professionals would be.
Building in this mode can save a lot of money and be immensely satisfying at the same time. I had always wanted to design and build my own house, and it wasn't until I was in my fifties that I was able to realize this dream; all of the construction I did before this had been either remodeling existing structures or working for other people. I must say that living in a house that I designed and built brings joy to my life in many ways; the building fits our needs and aesthetics so perfectly.
Most of the books listed here relate to conventional construction techniques. However most of the design work and planning that goes into building a house is the same, regardless of the materials used. Also much of the detailed work related to electrical and plumbing, etc. is the same.
ownerbuilder.com Tom Landis has provided his entire book, "Home Building Consumer's Guide" for on-line reference.
motherearthnews.com a Mother Earth News article: Essential Advice for Owner Builders by David Eisenburg.
construction-resource a forum for exploring all aspects of building.
houserepairtalk.com a general forum about house repair, both inside and out.
ownerbuilderbook.com information about the book, forums, workshops, etc.
asktooltalk.com Find links to articles on home improvement, woodworking, products, and tools (including reviews); shop at the General Store; and locate manufacturers. Homeowners and construction professionals can ask questions and share ideas on projects.
homebuilding.co.uk site for Homebuilding & Renovating: "The Self-Build Magazine"
theownerbuilder.com.au Australia's Owner/Builder magazine.
youtube.com Larry Haun has an extensive list of videos he has produced about basic carpentry skills.
dreamgreenhomes.com is the companion site of greenhomebuilding.com and has many wonderful sustainable home plans.
countryplans.com inexpensive plans for small cottages and cabins are described here, with lots of nice photos.
deboerarchitects.com Some thoughts and illustrations about strawbale building by architect Darrel DeBoer.
buildingscience.com some very specific suggestions for building techniques related to climate.
needcontractor.com offers a free referral service where you submit a description of your project and they will have up to four different contractors in your area submit bids for the job.
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