Fundamentals of Residential Construction

Fundamentals of Residential Construction 

Edward Allen

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When Fundamentals of Building Construction, Materials, and Methods, was first published more than 25 years ago, it filled a void and quickly was adopted by hundreds of colleges and universities as a text for general courses in construction technology. It also precipitated immediately the first of a growing stream of requests from teachers for a companion volume that would concentrate on residential construction while retaining the qualities of the parent book. We were pleased to respond to those requests with Fundamentals of Residential Construction, which was first published in 2002. 

The book that you hold in your hands is the third edition of that volume, and it contains numerous improvements. This third edition inherits several important traits from its predecessors: It is straightforward and readable, and it contains extensive drawings and photographs. These elements are blended on attractive pages, and, for the reader’s convenience, each illustration appears on the same two-page spread as its referencing text. Retained, too, is the concern for both technical and aesthetic matters, because we believe that they are important for the quality of buildings and the lives of the people who inhabit them. New to this edition are





Content :
  • The Context for Construction
  • The Construction Community: Builders, Contractors, and Developers
  • The Design Community
  • The Material Wood
  • Masonry
  • Concrete
  • Rough Sitework
  • Foundations
  • Floor and Wall Framing
  • Roof Framing
  • Finishing the Roof
  • Windows and Exterior Doors
  • Finishing the Exterior Walls


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