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Construction books

While we try to be comprehensive in what we cover on the diydata.com website, we don't (yet!!) cover everything, so here are a few books of further advice for you - or for presents for others.


The Housebuilder's Bible 9th Edition

The Housebuilder's Bible is unique - the first book in its field to mix information and advice with detailed yardstick costings for residential building projects. This new edition has been completely redesigned with new tables and improved illustrations - all in colour for the first time. The author is an experienced house builder and renovator and much of the detail in the book is drawn from trade experience. It's very much an insider's guide and experienced construction professionals have expressed amazement at the amount of detailed information in the book. Yet it's accessible - many readers who have never been involved with building before have used this book to successfully build their own homes.

The eighth edition has been fully revised and updated to reflect recent changes in prices, Building Regulations and other legislation. It also includes an expanded green building section, more information on extensions and a snagging list. It's an ideal companion for anybody, self builder or professional, who wants to know more about building well and on a budget. The Eighth edition is fully updated to include the latest building regulations and an improved and expanded section on green building. An ideal companion for housebuilders and selfbuilders as well as anyone looking to extend or renovate a home.

 
Home Extensions

Adding an extension to a house is one of the most popular forms of home-improvement, and this comprehensive book will assist anybody planning such a project, whether they plan to build it themselves or to employ contractors. It presents a step-by-step guide and covers all the points of 'good building practice' that must be observed during construction to ensure that the quality of the building work meets a high standard.

 
Driveways, Paths and Patios: A Complete Guide to Design Management and Construction

Driveways, paths and patios are an essential part of most properties and this comprehensive book provides a detailed explanation of exactly how they are designed, planned and constructed. The features of this book are: discusses the design of driveways, paths and patios with reference to their planned use, style, size, gradients and special features such as steps, ramps and terraces; considers the range of materials available including block paving, flags, slabs, setts, cubes, cobbles, loose aggregates, plain and patterned concrete and tarmac; analyses how to estimate costs and making the choice between the DIY approach and using a professional contractor; examines the critical issue of drainage; lays bare the mathematics associated with accurate setting-out and levelling; describes the range of tools and equipment needed; details the correct constructions of kerbs and edging and laying methods for flags, block paving; and much more.


 
Building Construction Handbook: Incorporating Current Building and Construction Regulations

"Building Construction Handbook" summarises all elements of building construction practice, techniques and procedures, in line with the most recent amendments to the Building Regulations. This approach, combined with the presentation of information in a highly illustrated and unique visual style, has proven this text to be a vital purchase for thousands of building construction students and professionals alike.

In addition to practice guidance, there is extensive coverage and analysis of Building Regulations, Wiring Regulations and numerous other relevant standards, also making this the reference text of choice for building construction professionals. The sixth edition has been updated and expanded to address new and revised Building Regulations, in particular, Part F - ventilation, Part L - conservation of energy, Part M - disabled access, and Part P - electrical installation work. Reference to supplementary regulations and standards are provided for further reading, and additional worked examples and design calculations are included throughout.

The sixth edition also offers online lecture resources, with sets of Powerpoint slides available for a selection of topics, featuring essential illustrations for use with presentations.

 
BDA Guide to Successful Brickwork.

Based on actual teaching practice, the book is highly illustrated throughout to increase accessibility of the text for the reader in its exploration of the practical aspects of brickwork. It also includes an extensive glossary of brickwork terms for ease of reference.

The third edition contains new material detailing recent innovations in brickwork, in the areas of components, systems and techniques, which includes the development of thin-joint techniques for both brickwork and blockwork.

 
The Garden Diy Expert

A complete guide to non-living things in the garden for the home enthusiast.


  • Step-by-step advice on everything from patio laying and making pools to lighting, furniture and fountains.
  • Chapters on choosing and maintaining the non-living garden.
 
Driveways, Paths and Patios: A Complete Guide to Design Management and Construction

Driveways, paths and patios are an essential part of most properties and this comprehensive book provides a detailed explanation of exactly how they are designed, planned and constructed.

The features of this book are: discusses the design of driveways, paths and patios with reference to their planned use, style, size, gradients and special features such as steps, ramps and terraces; considers the range of materials available including block paving, flags, slabs, setts, cubes, cobbles, loose aggregates, plain and patterned concrete and tarmac; analyses how to estimate costs and making the choice between the DIY approach and using a professional contractor; examines the critical issue of drainage; lays bare the mathematics associated with accurate setting-out and levelling; describes the range of tools and equipment needed; details the correct constructions of kerbs and edging and laying methods for flags, block paving; and much more.

 
Garden Buildings Manual: A Guide to Building Sheds, Greenhouses, Decking and Many More Garden Structures

Haynes moves into the garden with this step-by-step guide to constructing an imaginative variety of outdoor buildings, including sheds, greenhouses, pergolas, decking and even homes for dogs, rabbits and birds. Containing clear colour photographs and detailed plans and diagrams, this attractively presented manual will show you how to design, plan and construct your own garden buildings, along with advice on the tools and materials needed for each job. Discover the enormous satisfaction to be had from creating your own garden buildings that will last for years.


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