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Home Rehab Handbook
Author: Michael J. Crosbie, editor
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Year: 2002
Amazon Price: $94.00
ArchitectureWeek— Illustrated reference for architects and builders, including step-by-step instruction, covering site work, foundations, walls, roofs, windows, stairs, kitchens, electrical systems, plumbing, and more.

Houses On Difficult Sites
Author: Carles Broto and Arian Mostaedi
Publisher: Links International/ Watson-Guptill
Year: 2005
Amazon Price:
ArchitectureWeek— An instructive sourcebook about the design and construction of houses on steep, small, or oddly shaped sites. Profiles of over 30 houses, with particular emphasis on engineering techniques, construction processes, and materials.

Colonials: Design Ideas for Renovating, Remodeling, and Building New
Author: Matthew Schoenherr
Publisher: Taunton Press
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $19.77
ArchitectureWeek— Colonial-style architecture is a favorite among American homeowners. Here are some ideas for updating old houses to modern standards or building new houses to reflect a rich heritage.

Architecture of the Home
Author: Ola Nylander
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2002
Amazon Price: $65.00
ArchitectureWeek— A study of what gives houses a welcoming atmosphere and positive environment an interaction of functional and practical aspects with aesthetic and sensual ones and what steps are involved in their design and construction.

The House You Build: Making Real-World Choices to Get the Home You Want
Author: Duo Dickinson
Publisher: The Taunton Press
Year: 2004
Amazon Price:
ArchitectureWeek— This book outlines a way of building that is grounded in the realities of time and money, but focuses on a homeowner's dreams: building imaginatively on a budget, through careful choices. Includes "Six Rules on Getting What You Want" (and can afford), illustrated by a range of house styles from all over the United States.

House About It
Author: Sheri Koones
Publisher: Gibbs Smith Publishers
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $18.96
ArchitectureWeek— A concise design guide for homeowners intent on remodeling their houses or building new. Includes detailed information on materials and design principles for roofs, siding, windows, doors, lighting, fireplaces, staircases and more. Contains ideas, references, workbooks, and decision aids.

In Detail: Single Family Houses
Author: Christian Schittich
Publisher: Birkhauser Books
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $55.50
ArchitectureWeek— The private single-family house is by far the most popular form of housing, and because of its size, it is a popular project with architects. In this book, 15 international examples are presented, reviewing the most important aspects of construction including the use of wood, steel, brickwork and concrete which have all become established materials for this type of building. All plans and details from the base to the roof have been painstakingly researched. The uniform presentation makes the information accessible, inviting comparison and analysis. The authors provide explanatory introductions to the fundamental aspects of planning, from the design of the floor plans to execution, and they set this type of building within the context of the 20th century, pointing towards the potential developments of the single family house.

Prefabulous: The House of Your Dreams Delivered Fresh from the Factory
Author: Sheri Koones
Publisher: Taunton Press
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $16.50
ArchitectureWeek— There are many systems available for prefabricating all or parts of a new home, including timber frame and log, as well as modular, panelized, structural insulated panels, steel framing and concrete systems. Prefabulous describes these systems, compares their advantages and disadvantages, and shows beautiful examples of houses built in a controlled factory environment.

Portable and Prefabricated Houses of the Thirties: The E.F. Hodgson Company 1935 and 1939 Catalogs
Author: Paul H. Tedesco and James B. Tedesco
Publisher: JBT Publishing
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $19.95
ArchitectureWeek— A reproduction of the 1935 and 1939 catalogs of the E. F. Hodgson Company, which sold prefabricated houses around the United States and around the world. The specialty house mail-order catalog company distributed precut, portable houses from 1892 to 1944, and became an important economic force in simple agricultural communities.

Strawbale Home Plans
Author: Wayne Bingham and Colleen Smith
Publisher: Gibbs Smith, Publisher
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $16.49
ArchitectureWeek— Strawbale houses and buildings are beautiful and personal works of art constructed by hand. The idea of building with strawbale is appealing to many because of its energy efficiency, insulating qualities, and organic nature. This handbook offers practical advice on how to build with this alternative material. It features 31 single-level country houses, cottages, and studios, and community buildings. It describes the homeowners' building experiences and the special features of each structure.

Green Building Products, 3rd Edition: The GreenSpec Guide to Residential Building Materials-3rd Edit
Author: Alex Wilson, Mark Piepkorn
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Year: 2008
Amazon Price: $25.70
ArchitectureWeek— Interest in sustainable, green building practices is greater than ever. Whether concerned about allergies, energy costs, old-growth forests, or durability and long-term value, homeowners and builders are looking for ways to ensure that their homes are healthy, safe, beautiful and efficient. In these pages are descriptions and manufacturer contact information for more than 1,400 environmentally preferable products and materials. All phases of residential construction, from sitework to flooring to renewable energy, are covered.

Concrete at Home: Innovative Forms and Finishes
Author: Fu-Tung Cheng and Eric Olsen
Publisher: The Taunton Press
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $21.12
ArchitectureWeek— Fu-Tung Cheng has been building concrete countertops in residential kitchens for many years. In his new book, he transforms this commonplace material into an elegant finish throughout the house. How-to information for the making of walls, floors, fireplaces, columns, and water pieces combine with design tips for adding color, texture, and inlays.

Designing a Home with Wood
Author: Earl G. Adams and Heather Steinbach
Publisher: Stuart, Tabori and Chang
Year: 2004
Amazon Price:
ArchitectureWeek— An inspirational style guide and a technical manual for professional contractors and do-it-yourselfers, featuring elements such as carved entryways, ornate moldings, inlaid floors, antique furniture, beamed ceilings, and kitchen cabinetry. Sections on types of wood, methods of use, styles and special effects, purchasing, and maintenance.

Home Work: Handbuilt Shelter
Author: Lloyd Kahn
Publisher: Shelter Publications
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $17.79
ArchitectureWeek— Sequel to the original Shelter, a continuing discovery of magnificent and unusual hand-built houses: a Japanese-style stilt house accessible only by a cable across a river; a stone house in a South African valley whose roof serves as a baboon trampoline; multi-level treehouses on the South China Sea; and a bottle house in the Nevada desert. Also features innovative architectural styles and natural building materials that have gained popularity in the last two decades: cob, papercrete, bamboo, adobe, strawbale, timber framing, and earthbags.

Bungalows: Design Ideas for Renovating, Remodeling, and Building New
Author: M. Caren Connolly, Louis Wasserman
Publisher: Taunton Press
Year: 2002
Amazon Price: $19.77
ArchitectureWeek— Design ideas for bungalow-style remodels and new construction. Twenty case studies show how to add onto the house, open it up, or raise the roof, while keeping the integrity of the original design.

Design an Expandable House: For Present Needs and Future Dreams
Author: Stanley Mazor
Publisher: Unlimited Publishing
Year: 2003
Amazon Price:
ArchitectureWeek— Chronicles the multi-staged development of a 3-story house using Styrofoam ICF building blocks and other unusual materials.

From Sand Castles to Dream Houses: A Planner for Building or Remodeling Your Home
Author: Sheri Koones
Publisher: Hanley-Wood LLC
Year: 2002
Amazon Price: $24.99
ArchitectureWeek— A resource book for anyone considering building or remodeling their home, with a planner for keeping track of the project before, during, and after its completion.

Building With Awareness: The Construction of a Hybrid Home (DVD)
Author: Ted Owens, director
Publisher: Syncronos Design Inc.
Year: 2005
Amazon Price:
ArchitectureWeek— A detailed video of the design and construction of a sustainable house. It shows how to build straw bale walls for insulation, adobe walls for interior thermal mass, earth plaster finishes, 100 percent electrical generation by sunlight, and passive solar heating and cooling

The House That Jill Built: A Woman's Guide To Home Building
Author: Judy Ostrow
Publisher: Gibbs Smith Publishers
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $18.96
ArchitectureWeek— An inside look at the home-building process from a woman's perspective. Written for women of all skill levels, the book includes a how-to guide to the process, an illustrated collection of case studies. and a unique tool-buying guide.

Green Remodeling: Changing the World One Room at a Time
Author: David R. Johnston and Kim Master
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $22.76
ArchitectureWeek— This is a comprehensive guide to home remodeling in a healthy, environmentally friendly way. Green remodeling is more energy-efficient, more resource-conserving, and healthier for occupants, and it creates buildings that are more affordable to build, operate, and maintain. The book for homeowners, architects, and remodeling contractors focuses on key aspects of the building, including foundations, framing, plumbing, windows, heating, and finishes.

Best Practices Guide to Residential Construction: Materials, Finishes, and Details
Author: Steve Bliss
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $53.77
ArchitectureWeek— A field-tested guide to construction materials to help professionals balance cost and performance when designing and building residential projects. Includes installation tips, information about the latest materials, and a guide to indoor air quality.

Fundamentals of Residential Construction
Author: Edward Allen and Rob Thallon
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $78.21
ArchitectureWeek— The second edition of this abundantly illustrated reference book explains today's residential construction systems, from foundation to roof, and exterior finishes to interior details. New topics include the latest developments in materials, methods, energy efficiency, framing, and roofing. Also covers zoning ordinance, building codes, financing, environmental concerns, rough sitework, plumbing, heating and cooling, wiring, and sitework. Ideal for architecture and construction students.

Design an Expandable House, 2nd Edition
Author: Stanley Mazor
Publisher: Unlimited Publishing
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $19.99
ArchitectureWeek— Chronicles a multistaged building strategy for a neoclassical chateau, using novel Styrofoam ICF building blocks and other innovative materials.

Mobile: The Art of Portable Architecture
Author: Jennifer Siegal
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Year: 2002
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ArchitectureWeek— An exploration of contemporary examples of portable and mobile structures, from the microenvironment of a house that attaches to your body to the city-scaled macroenvironment of an entire community whose living units plug into a framework of flexible communal space.

Ranches: Design Ideas for Renovating, Remodeling, and Building New
Author: M. Caren Connolly and Louis Wasserman
Publisher: Taunton Press
Year: 2003
Amazon Price:
ArchitectureWeek— Ideas about building or rebuilding the simple, functional, and unassuming ranch-style house, with an eye toward affordability and flexibility.

Solar Power Your Home For Dummies (For Dummies (Home & Garden))
Author: Rik DeGunther
Publisher: For Dummies
Year: 2007
Amazon Price:
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