Best Home Design & Construction Books

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1. For the Love of White: The White and Neutral Home

Author: by Chrissie Rucker
Published at: Harper Design; Illustrated edition (October 22, 2019)
ISBN: 978-0062955869

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Create calming, peaceful spaces in your home with white and neutral tones with the first home decorating book from The White Company, published as this much-loved brand celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary. The thing about white is that it goes with everything, it is a canvas for life, whoever you are and whatever your tastes.

You just can’t beat it. Chrissie Rucker Whether you live in a tiny city apartment, a rambling country cottage or an elegant town house For the Love of White offers the definitive book on decorating with white and neutral ones.

From room schemes for light, bright family kitchens and calming bedrooms to the all-important finishing touchesthis is a book to be inspired by again and again. Illustrated with specially commissioned photography by leading interiors photographer, Chris Everard and organized into three sectionsCountry, Town and Coastalthe book provides both the advice and the inspiration needed to transform your home.


2. Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills (Back to Basics Guides)

Author: by Abigail Gehring
Published at: Skyhorse; 4th edition (October 14, 2014)
ISBN: 978-1629143699

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Over 200,000 copies soldfully updated! Dye your own wool, raise chickens, make your own cheddar cheese, build a log cabin, and much much more. Anyone who wants to learn basic living skillsthe kind employed by our forefathersand adapt them for a better life in the twenty-first century need look no further than this eminently useful, full-color guide.

Countless readers have turned to Back to Basics for inspiration and instruction, escaping to an era before power saws and fast-food restaurants and rediscovering the pleasures and challenges of a healthier, greener, and more self-sufficient lifestyle. Now newly updated, the hundreds of projects, step-by-step sequences, photographs, charts, and illustrations in Back to Basics will help you dye your own wool with plant pigments, graft trees, raise chickens, craft a hutch table with hand tools, and make treats such as blueberry peach jam and cheddar cheese.

The truly ambitious will find instructions on how to build a log cabin or an adobe brick homestead. More than just practical advice, this is also a book for dreamerseven if you live in a city apartment, you will find your imagination sparked, and there’s no reason why you can’t, for example, make a loom and weave a rag rug.


3. 2018 International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings (International Code Council Series)

Author: by International Code Council
Published at: ICC (distributed by Cengage Learning); 1st edition (September 1, 2017)
ISBN: 978-1609837372

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This comprehensive code comprises all building, plumbing, mechanical, fuel gas and electrical requirements for one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses up to three stories. The IRC contains many important changes such as: An updated seismic map reflects the most conservative Seismic Design Category (SDC) based on any soil type and a new map reflects less conservative SDCs when Site Class A, B or D is applicable.

The townhouse separation provisions now include options for using two separate fire-resistant-rated walls or a common wall. An emergency escape and rescue opening is no longer required in basement sleeping rooms where the dwelling has an automatic fire sprinkler system and the basement has a second means of egress or an emergency escape opening.

The exemption for interconnection of smoke alarms in existing areas has been deleted. New girder/header tables have been revised to incorporate the use of #2 Southern Pine in lieu of #1 Southern Pine. New tables address alternative wood stud heights and the required number of full height studs in high wind areas.


4. Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre

Author: by Brett L. Markham
Published at: Skyhorse; Illustrated edition (April 1, 2010)
ISBN: 978-1602399846

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Start a mini farm on a quarter acre or less, provide 85 percent of the food for a family of four and earn an income. Mini Farming describes a holistic approach to small-area farming that will show you how to produce 85 percent of an average family’s food on just a quarter acreand earn $10,000 in cash annually while spending less than half the time that an ordinary job would require.

Even if you have never been a farmer or a gardener, this book covers everything you need to know to get started: buying and saving seeds, starting seedlings, establishing raised beds, soil fertility practices, composting, dealing with pest and disease problems, crop rotation, farm planning, and much more.

Because self-sufciency is the objective, subjects such as raising backyard chickens and home canning are also covered along with numerous methods for keeping costs down and production high. Materials, tools, and techniques are detailed with photographs, tables, diagrams, and illustrations.


5. 2018 International Building Code (International Code Council Series)

Author: by International Code Council
Published at: ICC (distributed by Cengage Learning); 1st edition (September 13, 2017)
ISBN: 978-1609837358

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This code applies to all buildings except detached one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses up to three stories. The 2018 IBC contains many important changes such as: Accessory storage spaces of any size are now permitted to be classified as part of the occupancy to which they are accessory.

New code sections have been introduced addressing medical gas systems and higher education laboratories. Use of fire walls to create separate buildings is now limited to only the determination of permissible types of construction based on allowable building area and height.

Where an elevator hoistway door opens into a fire-resistance-rated corridor, the opening must be protected in a manner to address smoke intrusion into the hoistway. The occupant load factor for business uses has been revised to one occupant per 150 square feet.

Live loads on decks and balconies increase the deck live load to one and one-half times the live load of the area served. The minimum lateral load that fire walls are required to resist is five pounds per square foot.


6. The Very Efficient Carpenter: Basic Framing for Residential Construction (For Pros / By Pros)

Author: by Larry Haun
Published at: Taunton Press (October 1, 1998)
ISBN: 978-1561583263

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Here’s your chance to become a more efficient carpenter. Larry Haun has been a production framer for more than 35 years and a teacher of apprentices for more than 20. In this book, Haun shows you, step by step, all the techniques he uses to frame a basic house, from laying down the sills to cutting the rafters.

You’ll learn about: cutting and installing posts and girders joisting and sheathing fluently laying out, cutting, assembling, and raising walls framing gable roofs, hips and valleys, and truss roofs building various types of stairs There is an opening chapter on tools, plans, codes, permits, lumber, and materials, and additional information throughout the book on safety and site-built tools.

The Very Efficient Carpenter is no less than a complete course in basic framing.


7. Ultimate Guide: Plumbing, 4th Updated Edition (Creative Homeowner) 800+ Photos; Step-by-Step Projects and Comprehensive How-To Information on Up-to-Date Products & Code-Compliant Techniques for DIY

Author: by Editors of Creative Homeowner
Published at: Design Originals; 4th Updated edition (January 3, 2017)
ISBN: 978-1580117883

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Save money by making minor and major plumbing repairs and improvements yourself, with help from this complete home plumbing guide! More than 800 photos Detailed how-to diagrams Learn how to skills, from fixing leaky faucets to soldering copper tubing like a pro Save money and resources with “Green Solutions” Install plumbing fixtures like sinks, faucets, bathtubs, showers, water softeners, lawns sprinklers, & much more Learn how your home’s plumbing system works so that you can take action in an emergecy Add value to your home by making plumbing fixture improvements This updated and expanded edition of Creative Homeowner’s comprehensive, bestselling plumbing how-to book covers the most up-to-date products and techniques.

Strong emphasis in the how-to information is placed on doing things correctly, so all of the projects use only code-compliant techniques. Ultimate Guide: Plumbing, 4th Edition prepares the do-it-yourselfer to handle any plumbing task in the home, from replacing a washer in a leaky faucet to renovating a bathroom.


8. Best-Selling 1-Story Home Plans, Updated 4th Edition: Over 360 Dream-Home Plans in Full Color (Creative Homeowner) Craftsman, Country, Contemporary, and Traditional Designs with 250+ Color Photos

Author: by Editors of Creative Homeowner
Published at: Design Originals; 4th Updated & Revised edition (July 10, 2017)
ISBN: 978-1580117951

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If you’re planning to build your own one-story dream home, this extensive collection will show you the best selling and most stylish designs available today! More than 360 plans to help you find & build your dream home More than 250 color photos of finished 1-story homes Home plans from top architects and designers from all over North America Wide variety of styles and sizes suited for any budget, from Traditional Ranch style to Country Craftsman cottages Special sections featuring outdoor living trends, kitchen design ideas, today’s top features in a home, & how to maximize your living space CAD blueprint files available for order, for easy customizing More than 350 home plans were selected for Best-Selling 1-Story Home Plans, Updated 4th Edition as most desirable based on actual sales data.

From convenient ranch homes to traditional cottages, you’ll find a wide variety of styles and sizes here to meet your budget. And with complete construction blueprints available for each and every house shown, you can build your special home just the way you want!


9. 2015 International Building Code

Author: by International Code Council
Published at: ICC (distributed by Cengage Learning); 1st edition (June 5, 2014)
ISBN: 978-1609834685

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Featuring the very latest industry standards in material design, the 2015 INTERNATIONAL BUILDING CODE SOFT COVER version offers up-to-date, comprehensive insight into the regulations surrounding the design and installation of building systems. It provides valuable structural, fire-, and life- safety provisions that cover means of egress, interior finish requirements, roofs, seismic engineering, innovative construction technology, and occupancy classifications for all types of buildings except those which are detached one and two family homes and townhouses not more than 3 stories high.

New code sections have been added to the 2015 IBC that cover rooftop mounted photovoltaic solar panels and all the content in the book is developed in the context of the broad-based principles that facilitate the use of new materials and building designs.

The updates to this code make it an essential reference guide for anyone seeking a strong working knowledge of building systems.

10. Building Construction Illustrated

Author: by Francis D. K. Ching
Published at: Wiley; 6th edition (January 29, 2020)
ISBN: 978-1119583080

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The #1 visual guide to building construction principles, updated with the latest materials, methods, and systems For over four decades, Building Construction Illustrated has been the leading visual guide to the principles of building construction. Filled with rich illustrations and in-depth content by renowned author Francis D.K.

Ching, it offers students and practicing professionals the information needed to understand concepts in residential and commercial construction, architecture, and structural engineering. This Sixth Edition of Building Construction Illustrated has been revised throughout to reflect the latest advancements in building design, materials, and systems, including resilient design, diagrids, modular foundation systems, smart faade systems, lighting sources, mass timber materials, and more.

It features new illustrations and updated information on sustainability and green building, insulation materials, and fire-rated wall and floor assemblies. This respected, industry standard guide remains as relevant as ever, providing the latest in codes and standards requirements, including IBC, LEED, and CSI MasterFormat.

11. DEWALT Electrical Licensing Exam Guide: Based on the NEC 2020

Author: by Ray Holder
Published at: DEWALT; 6th edition (June 18, 2020)
ISBN: 978-0357371763

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For years, students have turned to the DEWALT ELECTRICAL LICENSING EXAM GUIDE to prepare for professional licensing exams. Combining vital knowledge and valuable test-taking strategies, this trusted text features comprehensive coverage to help you pass your state and local electrical licensing exams.

Now updated to reflect the 2020 National Electrical Code, the new edition covers Journeyman, Master, Maintenance, Residential, and Sign licensing exams. Rather than focusing coverage on specific state requirements, the author presents content from a national perspective to make the material useful no matter where you plan to seek licensure.

With a proven approach to exam preparation, helpful study aids, test-taking tips, detailed examination regulations, formulas and references, and realistic sample exams with over 500 practice questions, this valuable text helps you learn what to expect from licensing exams-and effective techniques for passing them.

12. Make Something Good Today: A Memoir

Author: by Erin Napier
Published at: Gallery Books; Illustrated edition (October 2, 2018)
ISBN: 978-1501189111

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From Ben and Erin Napier, the stars of the hit HGTV show Home Town, comes Make Something Good Today, a memoir that tells us all to seek out the good in life, celebrate the beauty of family and friends, and prosper within our communities because everything we need in life to be happy, is within our grasp.

Long before their hugely popular TV show, an expanding family, or demolition day on their dream home, Erin began keeping a daily online journal to help her stay focused on the positive and count her blessings in life. She never expected that her depictions of small-town life in the tiny swath of Mississippi where she Ben call home would catch the eye of a television producer and set them off on the journey of a lifetime.

Make Something Good Today offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the struggles and triumphs of a couple that America has come to know and love for their easy humor, adoring relationship, and ability to utterly transform a place into something beautiful and personal.

13. 2018 International Fuel Gas Code (International Code Council Series)

Author: by International Code Council
Published at: ICC (distributed by Cengage Learning); 1st edition (September 18, 2017)
ISBN: 978-1609837419

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Addresses the design and installation of fuel gas systems and gas fired appliances through prescriptive and performance requirements. Key changes include: A new Section was added to recognize arc-resistant CSST products. The code now allows Schedule 10 steel pipe to be used, whereas previously, Schedule 40 was the lightest steel pipe material allowed.

Schedule 10 steel pipe joints are allowed to be welded, brazed, flanged or assembled with press-connect fittings. Schedule 10 pipe cannot be threaded. The code clarifies that appliance shutoff valves located behind movable appliances, such as ranges and clothes dryers, are considered to be provided with the required access.

The code now calls for the plastic vent pipe material to be labeled as complying with the standards for the specific pipe material as called out by the manufacturer. As an alternative, the plastic pipe can always be listed to UL1738.

The clearances between direct-vent appliance vent terminals and openings in the building exterior that could allow combustion products to enter the building have been revised.

14. The Visual Handbook of Building and Remodeling

Author: by Charlie Wing
Published at: Taunton Press; Reprint edition (January 23, 2018)
ISBN: 978-1631868795

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The Home Quick Planner includes 700 precut, reusable peel-and-stick, 1/4-inch scale furniture and architectural symbols, plus a 5,600 square-foot floor plan grid to help you design your own building, remodeling and decorating projects. (Also good for moving. Symbols include everything you need from tables, chairs, couches, beds and pianos to every standard kitchen cabinet and appliance, an extensive assortment of bathroom fixtures and cabinets (for example, twelve sets of sink designs, six different showers, and a dozen various baths and whirlpools), plus windows, doors, walls, switches, outlets, lights and much more.

Simply lift the symbols and arrange them on the floor plan grid to design floor plans, move furniture and make changes. Step-by-step instructions and Design Details: Critical Dimensions & Clearances are provided to help you improve your design and save money.

The planner was featured in the Canadian Centre for Architecture, North America’s preeminent architecture museum, in an exhibit on design innovation over the past 100-years. This exhibit was also shown at the Wolfsonian Museum in Miami Beach. The planner is part of the three-part design series by Daniel Reif.

16. Building Codes Illustrated: A Guide to Understanding the 2018 International Building Code

Author: by Francis D. K. Ching
Published at: Wiley; 6th edition (June 26, 2018)
ISBN: 978-1119480358

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THE BESTSELLING, FULLY ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO THE 2018 INTERNATIONAL BUILDING CODE Uniquely marrying the graphic skills of bestselling author Francis D. K Ching with the code expertise of Steven Winkel, FAIA, the new sixth edition of Building Codes Illustrated is a clear, concise, and easy-to-use visual guide to the International Building Code (IBC) for 2018.

Fully updated throughout, it highlights all of the changes to the code for quick reference and easy navigation. It pulls out the portions of the building code that are most relevant for the architect and provides an easy-to-understand interpretation in both words and illustrations.

The first two chapters of Building Codes Illustrated: A Guide to Understanding the 2018 International Building Code, Sixth Edition give background and context regarding the development, organization, and use of the IBC. The following sections cover such information as: use and occupancy; building heights and areas; types of construction; fire-resistive construction; interior finishes; means of egress; accessibility; energy efficiency; roof assemblies; structural provisions; special inspections and tests; soils and foundations; building materials and systems; and more.