Resources and construction product information
Engine - a good place to find a product or research a topic
such as "bamboo flooring" or "landscape lighting"
|Home Remodeling Site
- Interesting well done building resource. The linked page has short
instructional videos. Only one of the many helpful links here.
|Home Improvement website
directory. Much information about products for use in house construction
|Building for Health
- An interesting site with healthy and alternative building products
such as bamboo stakes for strawbale construction.
|A great set of links to
books on architecture, Building, Feng Shui, healthy
building, solar and sustainable building.
information and a great library of specific product
information. High quality articles on all kinds of energy and
resource efficient products.
|A vast information
site with a good built-in search engine. Just what the name
implies - Do it Yourself.
Here's the code most jurisdicitons use. While this is adjusted for the
city of Seattle it generally follows the standard code.
International Residential Building Code
|Building links and articles
about various construction phases. Much info about Building
|B4UBUILD.COM does a good job
of reviewing Web sites concerned with building,
buying, and remodeling a home.
|Home Remodeling and
construction resource information. Advice and links from an
experienced Home Inspector.
Home Resource Center
Financing? Sometimes the local banker turns up his nose.
These folks are experienced with both the finance and building side of
the process. Use their on-line application form.
|Ask an expert
will answer your home repair questions in three areas: carpentry,
electrical and plumbing.
Books & Videos:
|Time-tested advice on buying
and building on country property. This classic book now on-line. Also
good links to other resources
Back Road Home
|Practical books for building.
Ken Kern books
|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.
Estate and Land Links:
|Rural Property Bulletin -- The
National Marketplace for Rural Property Since 1980
|Creative Farm and Home Realty
- offering farms, acreages, hunting land, etc. in SE Iowa and NE
Missouri. Reasonable prices
|Rural land magazine with
listings for all states. Some pretty high priced. Many dealers ads.
brokers by state. You can then click through to
brokers site and listings.
|The RuralEstate Network. An
on-line Catalog of Rural Land, Farms, Country Homes, Rural
Businesses, and Recreational Real Estate
|Property in the San Luis
Valley area of Colorado.
|Many listings for Park,
Summit, & Grand counties (high country)
|Soil characteristics of your
land will determine much about what and where you can build. Not all
states have this information. Search results.
Maps - State Search
|Jim Self has plans for spiral
stairs and provides good support for customers. (Thanks to CountryPlans
|Ross Chapin is a talented
architect who has designed some fine small homes and cottages. Good
plans and good ideas.
|Homeplaninfo.com is a fine
site for looking at home plans and home plan companies. They have short
Home Plan Reviews
|A good site with information
on log homes
|A good selection of barn plans
in many sizes and styles.
|This is a large database of older Agricultural
Extension plans. Note:
Most of these plans are out of date and will not meet current codes or
building practice. Good for ideas but plan to use more current
structural details. Thanks to forum member "oblivionboyj".
|A site with good information
on building small cabins
|A source of barn and small
home plans. Old friend of mine.
|A large database of commercial
plans. You can specify house size and width and narrow the search to
only those you are interested in. They show both the floorplan and
exterior sketch. Here is an example of a 22'
wide one-bedroom cottage.
commercial site with searchable
plans for larger cottage and country home plans
|Second Use Building Materials
7953 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98108, 206-763-0436
|Duluth Timber Co.
125 Stewart St., Seattle, WA 98101, 206-448-1982
|Here's the best on-line tool
store around. Everything for the wood butcher art. A great gift spot