More and more people aspire to build their dream home - this practical handbook provides valuable, stage-by-stage advice on turning those dreams into reality. CONTENTS: Part 1 - Before You Begin - 1 Why do it? - 2 Personal qualities - 3 Living arrangements - 4 Finding suitable land - 5 Assessing the site - 6 Buying the site - 7 The house design - 8 Planning permission - 9 Building regulations - Part 2 - Let's Get Started - 10 Personal involvement - 11 Preparing the site - 12 The substructure - 13 Constructing the shell - 14 The roof - Part 3 - Internal Works - (The Fun Part) - 15 Major features - 16 The floors - 17 The 1st 'fix' - 18 The wet trades - 19 The 2nd 'fix' - 20 Painting and decorating - Part 4 - Completion & External Aspects - 21 Completion notice - 22 Beyond the threshold - 23 Time for contemplation About the authors TONY BOOTH is an experienced estate-agent, letting-agent and property developer who has overseen the rebuilding and refurbishment of his own portfolio of investment property over many years. He was the founding editor of 'The LETter' and has written two books on property investment and management. MIKE DYSON is an experienced architect of over 20 years, who has designed and supervised a variety of building projects with contract values of up to UKP18 million. He has considerable practical insight into what is involved in building your own home, having recently undergone the experience of building his own dream house in a wooded valley in West Yorkshire.Booth, Tony is the author of 'Build Your Own Home' with ISBN 9781857039016 and ISBN 1857039017.