January 2012

Drywall: Professional Techniques for Great Results by Myron R. Ferguson

Drywall, otherwise known as gypsum board, is one of the most common materials used construction with the average new home containing more than 7 metric tons of it. If installed properly it can lend greatly to the aesthetics of a home, adding to the homeowner’s enjoyment of it and improving its resale value. The work of actually installing drywall, however, is not easy. In fact, it is well-known as one of the more tedious tasks within the construction trade, requiring difficult manual labor and a certain amount of expertise. Myron R. Ferguson’s Drywall: Professional Techniques for Great Results attempts to be a resource, both for the professional tradesman and the amateur home renovator.

What Your Contractor Can't Tell You: The Essential Guide to Building and Renovating by Amy Johnston

The premise of this book is that it provides homeowners who are attempting construction projects with the insider’s secrets used by those in the construction trade. The writer, Amy Johnston, is a construction manager from Vermont who has spent much of her life doing home renovations. Further strengthening her qualifications in the construction field, Ms Johnston writes building code in her part of Vermont, and is a speaker on the subject of construction management.

 

What Your Contractor Can't Tell You: The Essential Guide to Building and Renovating starts out by teaching the homeowner how to plan and start a project. Essentially, the goal is to get the DIY hobbyist to think like a contractor. The planning phase involves having the right frame of mind, the right people helping, the right skills and the money. Ms Johnston is careful to point out that perfect projects are very rare, and that somewhere before completion at least one of the elements is bound to be an obstacle to timely completion.

The Visual Handbook of Building and Remodeling, 3rd Edition

by Charlie Wing

Charlie Wing is the author of fourteen books on how to remodel a house. In addition to this, he also hosts a TV show on home remodeling that is shown on PBS. His book, The Visual Handbook of Building and Remodeling, 3rd Edition, is meant as an essential resource to the more experienced DIY builder.

The content of the book covers such issues as designing the building to meet code which includes measuring the dimensions of all areas of the house, from the various rooms to the closets. These dimensions can be crucial as careful measurement is necessary to ensure the safety and enjoyment of a home. An example of why measurement is important is the matter of stairs. Stair risers have to be of certain dimensions for safety reasons. The dimensions of a room are based on the dimensions of a typical human being. The Visual Handbook of Building and Remodeling, 3rd Edition goes into all of these details. There is also a section on practical kitchen layouts.