bull; bull;Save and get more from your money bull;Pick the perfect site bull;Minimize maintenance cost and effort bull;Maximize indoor and outdoor space There are countless reasons why building your own home makes good sense. But for most people, the chance to create the home they've always wanted is #1 on their list. And this all-in-one guide can help you every step of the way toward realizing your vision -- from hiring the right vendors to picking fixtures. Whether it's basic planning ("What's your move-in date?") or construction methods ("Wood or steel?"), this trusted reference, now fully updated to cover new materials, techniques, energy-saving options, and environmentally friendly technologies and methods, is the most complete source for homebuilders available. Written by experienced instructors and builders, and used by thousands of savvy buyers of custom and not-yet-built homes, How to Plan, Contract, and Build Your Own Home will help you: bull; bull;Select the right site and supervise its preparation bull;Make wise decisions on floor plans, types of construction, framing, and foundations bull;Plan for home office use, communications upgrades, "smart house" technology, and a home that will serve your needs throughout your life bull;Choose the newest and most economical and efficient types of insulation, roofing, plumbing, wiring, and more bull;Select amenities such as decks, patios, gazebos, sidewalks, and driveways bull;Evaluate doing it yourself vs. subcontracting bull;Know when you'll move in with a helpful calendar-style checklist bull;Select the right mortgageScutella, Richard M. is the author of 'How to Plan, Contract And Build Your Own Home ' with ISBN 9780071448857 and ISBN 0071448853.