"The Design/Build process is an artistic
endeavor as well as requiring technical know-how. Tom provides information in a simple, easy to understand,
and sometimes humorous manner." -Jason Paulsen
The Home Building Consumer's Guide & Video is
specifically produced for individuals who want to manage their own project by
taking charge of the Design/Build process for residential architecture and construction.
It takes a very "Naderish" approach to the construction industry so consumers
avoid the glitches normally associated with home
design and construction.
Owners are provided with a very practical 200+
page guide and 45 minute video which will be immediately useful for planning,
organizing and controlling their home building project. This is not another "How
To" product which leads you through the hands-on labor of residential construction.
Rather, it allows you to take charge of the decision making process whether you
work with an architect, general contractor, or act as an owner/builder.
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What is truly
unique about the Home Building Consumer's Guide & Video is how the author
explains the business of residential architecture and construction so you are
empowered to become a better consumer.
So urgent is the
need for advanced planning of your home building project that Tom includes with
the Guide & Video a packet of specification
worksheets. The specification worksheets are comprised of over a dozen, reproducible,
loose-leaf pages which will thoroughly encourage program planning BEFORE you hire
a professional of any kind whether it be for architectural or contracting services.
This is a critical thinking approach to the Design/Build process!
The checklists, models, forms, and guidelines act as a prompt to help you analyze
the unique circumstances of your project. To further assist in your planning and
organizing efforts, the resources at "Related Links"
and "News" and "Subs/Vendors" are to be used in conjunction with
the Home Building Consumer's Guide & Video as a means to fully investigate home
design and construction resources. There's synergy in the Consumer's Guide and
Web Site acting together.
- Save thousands by taking charge
of the Design/Build process!
- Increase the value of your new home with sweat
- Get your project designed and built right the first time!
- No one
cares as much about a home that's being built as the person who's going to live
The Home Building Consumer's Guide & Video is dedicated to those individuals
with the tenacity to take responsibility for the architecture
and construction of their residential project.
The Consumer's Guide is the result of 25 years experience in building construction.
I have opened my personal files to Owners because consumer advocacy in Design/Build
process is my primary concern. This guide represents many hours of painstaking
effort to record what I consider the basic elements of residential architecture
and construction. Please respect that this guide has great proprietary value to
Owner Builder Services and should only be copied or reproduced for your construction
project. The information presented symbolizes the headaches, sleepless nights,
sweat, blisters, successful project completions, and countless little victories
in a variety of construction settings, and my hope is you'll be able to avoid
"doing it the hard way."
The Consumer's Guide has been written
to provide valid and reliable information for managing residential architecture
and construction. It is produced with the understanding that the author is not
offering professional architectural, engineering, legal or accounting services.
Given individual differences and unique conditions, every situation should be
given the respect it deserves by consulting a Construction Manager, Architect,
Engineer, Lawyer or Accountant for specialized advice required by your project.
If you do not wish to be bound by this understanding, you may return this book
to the publisher for a full refund.
The Consumer's Guide is for
people who want to be closely involved in residential architecture and construction.
All parts of the guide are interdependent and the document should be read in its
entirety before proceeding with any single section. The contents attempt to bring
order to the complexity of the Design/Build process. As a management tool, it
offers a systems approach to residential architecture and construction taking
into consideration both home design details and building methods. Rather than
delve into esoteric theory, you'll find the information to be very practical and
The Consumer's Guide assists individuals in
organizing a home building project whether remodel or new construction.
With the proper orientation, a motivated person is able to make application at
their own pace, in their own space. This allows for different learning rates among
and you take control of managing residential architecture
The Consumer's Guide is accompanied by a
companion video which has been produced to complement the text. The purpose for
a companion set is two-fold: the written guide provides the Content of
managing a construction project, while the video guide responds to The Process
of managing a construction project.
The Content aspect of managing
a construction project is vital to properly prepare yourself for building a home.
This information is important for planning and organizing your endeavor BEFORE
work begins. Anticipation eliminates frustration. The point is to think critically
and analyze the unique circumstances surrounding your project.
dimension of managing a construction project relates to what actually occurs during
residential construction. This understanding is important for controlling your
endeavor AFTER work begins. Expect the unexpected. By visualizing what
will happen, you are more able to contend with the uncertainties when they do
The Consumer's Guide empowers Owners to approach Design/Build
decisions in two different ways. The Content aspect is presented in a written
format emphasizing a rational, analytical approach. the Process dimension
is presented in a video format emphasizing a spatial, visual approach. Both
are necessary ingredients for developing and implementing a residential construction
The Consumer's Guide is supported by sections which
include Information Resources, Recommended Reading, Project Planner, Glossary,
and Index. It is recommended that the various topics be supplemented by referring
to other authors, professional and trade associations, suppliers and manufacturers,
and consulting with construction professionals in your locality. This is the practice
of Construction Managers, Architects, and General Contractors, and your endeavor
should be undertaken by the same rigorous standard.
The Owner is the linking
pin for the entire organization. You'll make the connection between materials,
machines, money, methods, and labor. You'll
establish the relationship between ideas and events. You'll take charge of
residential architecture and construction.
You must remain a creative