Self Build Books

There numerous books available to help with your build. The following are some of our favourites. Click on the links for reader reviews or to purchase a book from Amazon.

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The Housebuilder's Bible (11th Ed) - This book is quite simply excellent! It contains comprehensive information on all aspects of house building and is understandable and engaging. The rate tables for the various build elements are invaluable for building up realistic cost projections. Mark Brinkley has a wealth of knowledge as a builder and self builder and is a regular contributor to Homebuilding and Renovating Magazine. He also speaks at the exhibitions and can often be found signing copies of his book. His knowledge, experience and understanding of the industry continue to contribute to producing the definitive guide to house building. If you buy one book to help with your build, this should be it.
The Green Building Bible - 4th Ed Volume 2: In Depth Technical Information and Data on the Strategies and the Systems Needed to Create Low Energy, Green Buildings. - Volume 2 is the back up to volume 1, providing the technical information and calculations neccessary for sustainable design.
The Building Construction Handbook (8th Ed) - If you are intending on getting a bit more involved in the actual construction of your project or are interested in technical details or procedures then it is worth considering getting your hands on a copy of the Building Construction Handbook. This book is often recommended to building and construction students and "summarises all elements of building construction practice, techniques, components and procedures "(Building Construction Handbook, 2004) whilst incorporating all relevant regulations.
You Can Do It: The Complete B & Q Step-by-Step Book of Home Improvement
Collins Complete DIY Manual - Comprehensive guide to DIY

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