Self Build and Renovation for Dummies
An accessible and informative reference guide that will appeal to all of those in the process of building or renovating their homes
Part I: Preparing to Create the Perfect Home.
Chapter 1: The Basics of Self Build.
Chapter 2: Forking Out the Finances.
Chapter 3: Finding and Assessing the Building Plot.
Chapter 4: The Legal Stuff.
Part II: Before the Build: Getting Everything into Place.
Chapter 5: Designing Your Home.
Chapter 6: The Green Light: Getting Permissions and Approvals.
Chapter 7: Construction Management, Builders, and Subcontractors.
Chapter 8: Buying Materials.
Chapter 9: Getting Connected to Services.
Part III: Structurally Speaking: Understanding Construction.
Chapter 10: Preparing the Ground.
Chapter 11: Holding up the House: Walls and Structures.
Chapter 12: An Open and Shut Case: Windows, Doors, Insulation, and Partitions.
Chapter 13: Floors and Stairs.
Chapter 14: Raising the Roof.
Part IV: The Inside Story.
Chapter 15: Forming the Landscape.
Chapter 16: Putting in the Pipes and Wrapping Up Warm.
Chapter 17: Let There Be Light (And Power and Communications).
Chapter 18: Kitchens and Bathrooms.
Part V: Renovating, Extending, and Converting.
Chapter 19: Internal Finishes.
Chapter 20: Upgrading Old Houses.
Chapter 21: Adding Space.
Chapter 22: Buying a Property for Conversion or Replacement the Opportunities and Dangers.
Part VI: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 23: Ten Good Reasons for Building Your Own Home.
Chapter 24: Ten Good Reasons to Renovate.
Chapter 25: Ten Things You Must Do Before Starting to Build.
Appendix: Directory of Directories.