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Title: House Construction: How To Reduce Costs

Author: Newman, Jerry O.; Teter, Norman C.; O'Brien, Constance D.;

Date: 1969

Source: Home and Garden Bulletin No. 168. United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. 14 p.

Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication

Description: You're building a house and want to keep down the cost. How can you do it? First, plan carefully "on paper" before you start construction. By doing so, you can avoid costly mistakesinthebuildingandinthe purchase of materials. Careful planning and proper design will reduce not only the initial cost but also the cost of furnishings, utilities, and maintenance. Second, avoid unnecessary features and expensive "frills." Numerous features found intoday's homes could probably be eliminated without sacrificing living comfort orefficiency. Third, do some of the workyourself. Limit yourself, however, to those jobs that you know you can do. Mistakes can be costly. Economical construction does not mean inferior construction. Poor workmanship and shoddymaterials are not economical in the long run. Maintenance and repaircostscould soon nullify anyinitial savings. Following are many specific ways to reduce the cost of a house. Your builder may know additional ways. Youyourself may have some ideas.

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Newman, Jerry O.; Teter, Norman C.; O''Brien, Constance D. 1969. House Construction: How To Reduce Costs. Home and Garden Bulletin No. 168. United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. 14 p.


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