Pros and cons of building a home from scratch

New book targets do-it-yourselfers

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If you dream about designing and building your own home to your specifications, first read "Building Your Own Home for Dummies" by Kevin Daum, Janice Brewster and Peter Economy. This new book explains virtually all the details involved in developing your residence, with heavy emphasis placed on the potential pitfalls and how to avoid them. Normally, I don't like real estate books written by a "committee" of several authors, but this book turned out quite well. The co-authors, especially Daum and Brewster, don't hesitate to express their feelings and advice. Daum is a home construction finance expert so he emphasized the construction finance insider details. Purchase Bob Bruss reports online. The book's theme is building a home on your lot. It presumes you already own the lot because it doesn't go into much detail about what makes a good lot for home construction. The emphasis is on taking a dream home from idea to design to construction to completion. The book explains the complet...