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These good building books will save you time and money. They show time- tested techniques that work for houses, barns, sheds, carriage barns, chicken coops and treehouses. Beyond the basics are methods used by indigenous people worldwide for centuries. Find the systems that you like, learn how to handle the tools, and then build for continued utility and delight. If you have a nomination, please e-mail us.


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BUILDING A MULTI-USE BARN, by John D. Wagner 

This is an excellent primer to use if you are new to building. The entire process from stake layout to finish trim is given step-by-step with ample and clear illustrations so that anyone who can use tools can build a building, not just a barn, but a house, garage, workshop, or studio. The project here is a 24 by 30-foot multi-use barn with a monolithic concrete slab floor, wood-framing and gable roof. Included are foundation, framing, plumbing, electrical, heating, insulation, roofing, siding. After you build this, or a smaller building using the same instructions, you will be able to build essentially anything--the principles remain the same. Go to Amazon's page BUILDING A MULTI-USE BARN


PRACTICAL POLE BUILDING CONSTRUCTION: WITH PLANS FOR BARNS, CABINS & OUTBUILDINGS, by Leigh Seddon

Of all the pole building books I have seen, this is the best. Seddon covers the logic of pole building and then gives straightforward instruction on how to do it, with lots of clear drawings and photographs. Included are design, materials, calculating loads, foundations, framing and joinery, roofing and siding, windows and doors, building plans, and an appendix that shows how to calculate sun angles, snow loads, compares insulations, gives recommended nailing schedules, and several other useful items. Plans include a lake house, hillside house, cabin, garage, horse stable, and lean-to animal shelter. If you have never built anything before, it is likely that you will be able to build any or all of these with no more instruction than this book, plus plumbing and electrical help. Go to Amazon's page PRACTICAL POLE BUILDING



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