Web Resources for Home Building

People and websites to help you find and develop your project
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Building Resources and construction product information
Home Building Search Engine - a good place to find a product or research a topic such as "bamboo flooring" or "landscape lighting" Home Expo Directory
Building for Health - An interesting site with healthy and alternative building products such as bamboo stakes for strawbale construction. Building for Health
A great set of links to books on architecture, Building, Feng Shui, healthy building, solar and sustainable building. Sustainable building
Green building information and a great library of specific product information. High quality articles on all kinds of energy and resource efficient products. Oikos Green Library
A vast information site with a good built-in search engine. Just what the name implies - Do it Yourself. doityourself.com
Residential Building code manual. Here's the code most jurisdicitons use. While this is adjusted for the city of Seattle it generally follows the standard code. 2003 Seattle
International Residential Building Code
Building links and articles about various construction phases. Much info about Building codes. Code check links
Home Remodeling and construction resource information. Advice and links from an experienced Home Inspector. Sound Home Resource Center
Building Books & Videos:
Time-tested advice on buying and building on country property. This classic book now on-line. Also good links to other resources The Back Road Home
Practical books for building. Ken Kern books www.dirtcheapbuilder.com
Building with Awareness DVD - a great video on the construction of a small alternative house in the desert Southwest. See full reveiw and discussion here. Much Info available nowhere else. Building with Awareness
Plans and How-to-build Information:
Jim Self has plans for spiral stairs and provides good support for customers. (Thanks to CountryPlans member MikeT) Spirial Stair Plans
Ross Chapin is a talented architect who has designed some fine small homes and cottages. Good plans and good ideas. Ross Chapin Plans
A good site with information on log homes Log Home Links
A good selection of barn plans in many sizes and styles. Barn Plans
This is a large database of older Agricultural Extension plans.  Ag Extension Plans
A source of barn and small home plans. Old friend of mine. Homestead Design
Tools:
Here's the best on-line tool store around. Everything for the wood butcher art. A great gift spot too. Rockler.com

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