This book should be of particular interest to homeowners who want to attempt major remodeling jobs rather than to go the contractor route. It may also be useful for those who want to go into construction part-time as a small business. It is intended to serve as a handbook or reference to be consulted by the builder when faced with a problem outside their sphere of experience.
The Visual Handbook of Building and Remodeling by Charlie Wing attempts to cover all major areas of home remodeling from dealing with the site of construction to finding and properly installing insulation.
The book’s first chapter is on designing a house, and deals with the fundamentals of designing a building for human habitation. The principles of human dimensions are stressed by Mr Wing. This means that the building must be sized to be comfortable for the people who will live in them. It uses the average heights of people as a reference point for the scale of the rooms, passages, closets and doorways. In the design of a kitchen it shows how to ensure that various parts of the kitchen’s design, such as cabinets and sinks are properly spaced so as to ensure usability. For the first time DIY home remodeler, instruction on these things is invaluable.
Author Charlie Wing teaches courses in home building and is a writer on the subject of home remodeling, maintenance and construction.
In his introduction, Charlie Wing explains that he wrote the book to help to help people new to construction deal with the complexities of building or remodeling a home.