READ BOOK: Habitat for Humanity How to Build a House
by Larry Haun
INTRODUCTION: Since this book was first published in 2002, the need for decent, affordable housing in this country (and throughout the world) has only increased. It is astonishing, but millions of families spend over one-third of their income on housing alone. Even families with steady middle-class incomes struggle to purchase homes and make mortgage payments on time. Money that used to go toward medical care, food, and a child’s education is now spent so families can keep a roof over their heads.
CONTENTS: GETTING STARTED: Site, Design, Permits, and Preparation BUILDING BASICS: Getting Acquainted with Tools and the Parts of a House FIRM, FLAT, LEVEL, AND SQUARE: Foundations and Floors GOING UP: Walls Create Space SHELTER: A Roof Overhead CLOSING IN: Windows, Doors, Siding, and Exterior Trim BUILDING AN OUTDOOR ROOM: Basic Design for Porches, Decks, and Landings