CONTENTS

 

Preface
4
Introduction
6

 

Part 1 Using a contractor

 
When to use a contractor
10
Choosing a contractor
12
Obtaining estimates and quotations
13
Making payments
14
Variations and extras
16
Making a simple contract
17
 






Part 2 Doing it yourself

 
Building regulations
20
Planning permission
23
Party walls
28
Ordering materials
29
Programming
33
Raising the finance
35
Home improvements - are they worth it?
35
 







Part 3 Home improvement costs

 
Fireplaces
38
External walls and chimney pots
40
Roofing
42
Doors
48
Windows
60
Kitchen fittings
65
Wall, floor and ceiling finishes
70
Plumbing
73
Glazing
85
Electrical work
56
Decorating and paperhanging
88
Paths and edgings
101
Fencing
105
Patio
107
Walling
112
Timber and damp treatment
114
Disposal of material
118

Part 4 Building your own home

 
Why self-build?
119
Finding a plot
120
Finding the money
125
Professional help
126
Preparing a budget
128
Making a success of self building
130

Part 5 Self building costs (unit rates)

 
Excavation
133
Concrete work
135
Brickwork and blockwork
137
Carpentry
139
Joinery
141
Roofing
146
Plastering and tiling
147
Plumbing and heating
149
Painting
152

Part 6 Total project costs

 
House extensions
154
Conservatories
156
Loft conversions
157

Part 7 The cost of going green

 
Ground source heat pumps
158
Air source heat pumps
158
Domestic wind turbines
160
Solar panels
161
Biomass boiler
161
Grey water recycling
163
Rainwater harvesting
164
Insulation
165
Draught proofing
165

Part 8 Tool and equipment hire

166

Part 9 General construction data

170

Part 10 Glossary of building terms

183

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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