The Visual Handbook of Building and Remodeling

The Visual Handbook of Building and Remodeling

A Comprehensive Guide to Choosing the Right Materials and Systems for Every Part of your Home

Book - 2009
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In this update of the 1998 and 1990 editions, the author of How Your House Works and host of a PBS series about remodeling includes the latest code information, a new section on sustainable building, and new color drawings. Wing (founder, Shelter Institute, an owner-builder school) covers everything for home do-it- yourselfers and contractors from site orientation to measuring and financing. The guide includes a glossary and relevant math. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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This enlarged, updated, and expanded third edition of the classic reference on home systems and materials includes the latest code information, new full-color drawings, and a completely new section on making your home green. The Visual Handbook of Building and Remodeling is an established standard reference for DIY homeowners, as well as builders, contractors, and architects. The 1,600 full-color drawings provide a clear look at every aspect of home construction and systems, enabling the reader to visualize exactly how to tackle any building project or problem. All the information is presented in straightforward language anyone can understand.

Here's the updated and enlarged third edition of our classic reference on how to choose systems and materials for every part of a home.

With brand new chapters on transforming a home with green practices and creative storage solutions -- plus the latest code information and over 400 new full-color illustrations—this up-to-the-minute, enhanced edition will become an essential resource for your building library.

Designed for do-it-yourself homeowners, as well as builders, contractors and architects, The Visual Handbook of Building and Remodeling is the authoritative, go-to reference manual for anyone involved in residential design and construction. In fact, earlier editions of this classic guide have sold over 250,000 copies.

With its unique visual approach and over 1,600 full-color drawings, this new, expanded edition provides you with a clear, detailed look at every aspect of home construction— and built-in systems. So you can visualize exactly how to tackle any building project or construction challenge.

And, in addition to its user-friendly graphic presentation, you'll also appreciate the clear, straightforward language that gives you everything you need to get going.

Here are just a few reasons why you'll want to pick up a copy of this new edition.

  • It's chock full of new material with lots of essential information not included in earlier versions
  • Over 400 new full-color drawings shed light on a wide range of additional materials, systems and details
  • New chapters on energy-efficient green building practices and innovative storage solutions
  • Over 1,600 drawings -- in total -- cover every aspect of home building and remodeling
  • Over 300 tables offer quick access to critical data

Publisher: Newtown, CT : Taunton Press, c2009
Edition: 3rd ed
ISBN: 9781600852466
Characteristics: 632 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), maps (some col.) ; 28 cm


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Apr 12, 2017

For unknown reasons, this book was rated 3 1/2 stars. It's worthy of a full 5-stars. It gets straight to the point and practically explains how to build a home by yourself, with every little detail covered, well-illustrated for easy understanding, and full of handy reference charts.

The only drawback is that it hasn't been updated since its last edition -- 3rd, published in 2009 -- which is significantly dated in relationship to building codes (references to 2006 IRC), and it lacks any reference to light-gauge steel stud construction. With important changes in the International Energy Efficiency Code since this book was published, there are many updates this book could use.

It is not Architectural Graphic Standards, however, it is an excellent reference book if you want to build or remodel a home or just have a handy reference book for residential design.


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