Resources for New Building Projects (02)

You Can Build Your Own Home With Time, Patience And Commitment
Many have dreamed about it, but few actually succeed in doing it—building their dream home on their own, without construction loans and interest payments. Thomas J. Elpel describes his personal experience at, and offers some valuable insight into the home building process. This article can jump-start your home building process, get you thinking about being environmentally conscious and energy efficient in your architectural design and expose you to some of the potentially large sacrifices necessary in home building without a construction loan.

Choosing an Iron Chiminea Has Its Advantages
Installing a cast iron chiminea makes good sense to homeowners. Check out this web site to find out why you should consider one. From lower cost over a clay model to low maintenance and flexible use, you can get the information you need to make an informed decision about these outdoor fireplaces.

Bob Vila Gives a Lesson in Roofing
Check out videos on the different architectural styles that can be found in the l'On neighborhood and find out how to cut and lay roof rafters for a vaulted roof on this informative site. Do you know what Tyvek House Wrap Insulation is? If not, no problem. Bob gets the skinny from building consultant Steven Easley on this important topic. If your home construction project is located in an area affected by hurricanes, you will want to watch the video where Bob gets some important information from the APA-Engineered Wood Association's Brian Redding. Be sure to check out the tips for installing a strong roof, securing your roof, and different roof types.

Online Roofer Directory Helps Consumers
Visitors to the website can gain access to a list of qualified, pre-screened local roofers. This site also includes a quote tool that is used to estimate the cost of repairing or replacing a roof. The site visitor will be prompted to select the type of material, along with the square footage of the house. The customer has the option of selecting a budget (high end, mid-range or economy) and the appropriate zip code to get an estimate. The site also provides information about tile, commercial and rubber roofing, as well as shingles. Offers Ideas and Tips On Patio Design
Everyone's idea of the perfect patio design is different—from quiet, serene and cozy to a party and barbecue destination. Maybe you're not an architect, but this site will get your creative juices flowing when it comes to building your backyard patio dream. The site includes links to some of those architectural components, such as fireplaces and BBQs. Material is also discussed, and links to DIY sites will get you started before you know it!

Build That Outdoor Paradise With Help From Creative Spotlite
Looking for instructions to build that dream deck? has a informative article about deck construction, written in an encouraging format designed to support the average handyman. You'll find a list of tools, safety necessities, planing considerations, and detailed construction tips to make the job easier than you thought. There are sections on outdoor deck design, proper support, and links to conversion table that will ensure you employ the appropriately sized materials. Last but not least, there is a comprehensive step-by-step plan complete with supporting illustrations to guide you through the entire process.

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