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This is a revision of the definitive text on home building by bestselling authors Edward Allen and Rob Thallon. It features the latest developments in the materials and methods of house construction, including energy efficiency, and a new chapter on small, multi-family apartment buildings. Organized in a logical, easy-to-follow format, it covers codes, costs, and management procedures, discusses building materials, and explores basic building systems. Profusely illustrated with over 1,250 drawings and photographs, this book includes new photorealistic illustrations that bring the text to life.
Edward Allen, FAIA, has been a member of the faculties of Yale University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has frequently taught as a guest instructor at other institutions across the United States. Along with a teaching career that spans more than thirty years, he has designed more than fifty constructed buildings. He is the best selling author of The Architect's Studio Companion, Architectural Detailing, Form and Forces, and Fundamentals of Building Construction, all published by Wiley.
Rob Thallon, architect, Associate Dean and Associate Professor at the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts, is the author of the following best selling series of guides: Graphic Guide to Frame Construction, Graphic Guide to Site Construction, and Graphic Guide to Interior Details. He has more than thirty-five years of experience in residential design and construction, and has designed and overseen construction of numerous custom houses and housing complexes.
Table of Contents
PART ONE CONTEXT 1
1 The Context for Construction 2
2 The Construction Community: Builders, Contractors, and Developers 30
3 The Design Community 50
PART TWO MATERIALS 71
4 The Material Wood 72
5 Masonry 110
6 Concrete 148
PART THREE WOOD LIGHT FRAME CONSTRUCTION 169
7 Rough Sitework 170
8 Foundations 190
9 Floor and Wall Framing 218
10 Roof Framing 248
11 Finishing the Roof 276
12 Windows and Exterior Doors 306
13 Finishing the Exterior Walls 328
14 Plumbing 352
15 Heating and Cooling 370
16 Electrical Wiring 392
17 Thermal Insulation 408
18 Fireplaces and Stoves 434
19 Interior Surfaces 456
20 Finishing the Interior 474
21 Finish Sitework 496
PART FOUR ALTERNATIVE CONSTRUCTION SYSTEMS 515
22 Multifamily Construction 516
23 Low-Tech, Low-Energy Construction 546
24 Loadbearing Masonry and Concrete Construction 574