The books listed as Recommended Reading are what Owner Builder Services considers
"best of kind" for designing and building a residential construction project.
Our focus is to advocate
for the consumer in the Design/Build process by providing home building references
which will empower owners to make decisions and solve
problems related to home building and design when working with architects,
trade contractors, suppliers, and building officials.
We urge you to visit
your local library to check out a book first, then decide if it's right for
you and to what extent you can put the book to use before making a purchase.
If you're visiting the Berkley community just outside San Francisco, take a walk down the hill from campus to the 4th Street neighborhood where you'll find the very fine Builders Booksource owned and operated by George and Sally Kiskaddon. You can also visit their excellent online store!
Some books may not be currently available through a retailer
and your local library may be the only source.
Other multi-volume sets
will be cost prohibitive to purchase so the reference section of your library
will be the only choice.
Latest book on my nightstand is by George
Ehrenhaft titled, The
Builder's Secret: Learning the Art of Living Through the Craft of Building.
One reviewer commented: "In the world of building and how-to books, an occasional
and rare thing happens: a book appears that goes beyond the hardware and advice
and offers a deeper insight into what really motivates people to build, fix, and
create things, and begins a conversation about what such endeavors mean to ordinary
people who are drawn to and realize "do-it-yourself" lives." This is why I've
placed it on my Recommend Reading list.
Decision Making Process
Howard. Project Management for Small Design Firms. New York: McGraw-Hill,
1992. OUT OF STOCK - Try your local library
Alfred. Management of Small Construction Projects. New York: McGraw-Hill,
1982. OUT OF STOCK - Try your local library
How to Succeed with Your Own Construction Business. Carlsbad: Craftsman Books,
Lewis, J. Fundamentals of Project Management. New York: American
Management Association, 1995.
Schliefer, Thomas. Construction Contractors'
Survival Guide. New York: Wiley & Sons, 1990.
Connel, John. Homing Instinct.
New York: McGraw-Hill, 1999.
Benzel, K. The Room in Context. New
York: McGraw Hill, 1997.
Case, Linda. Design/Build for Remodelers, Custom
Builders, and Architects. D.C.: Home Builder Press, 1992.
"Home from Nowhere" with Guest James Howard Kunstler
Tom interviews James Kunstler, author of Geography of Nowhere and Home from Nowhere. Mr. Kunstler introduces us to the "new urbanist" movement, decrying what he calls our "national automobile slum." He doesn't mince words criticizing our deteriorating environment and slacking cultural heritage, but he also presents us with examples where neo-traditionalist architecture and new urbanist planning have made a decisive difference.