BOOK ADVISES HOMEOWNERS TO BUILD IT RIGHT Ten years ago I got my shot at the great American dream, my husband and I built our own home.
Of course we didnt actually pound nails or pour concrete, but we did draw the floor plan, work with the builder on thousands of details, and watched as our home was completed step by step. If we had been lucky enough to have seen Myron Fergusons book, "Build It Right," before we started the process we could have avoided some annoying mistakes and incorporated (for no extra money) some features that would have been great assets.
For most people, their home is the largest investment they will ever make. Paying attention to details is the difference between enjoying that investment and hopefully making a profit when the time comes to sell and owning a home that is unappealing to a new buyer. Whether you are building a new home or buying a used property, this book has plenty of suggestions. -- Elaine Jackson, The Daily Herald, Provo, UT, September 11, 1997
DO YOUR HOMEWORK Which way do the doors swing? Will headlights from passing cars shine into your living room? Is there a light above the kitchen sink? Are the tile floors slippery when wet? Is there a light switch where youll need it?
Basic questions such as these are posed in Build It Right! What to Look for in Your New Home by engineer Myron Ferguson. This newly revised edition is an excellent handbook for home buyers. A few hours spend reading this book will sharpen your critical eye as you visit models, compare one home with another and talk with builders and sales agents. Ferguson avoids jargon and tech talk and writes for a consumer audience. -- Judy Stark,Times, St. Petersburg, FL August 2, 1997
New Book Explains What to Look for In Your New Home
BUILD IT RIGHT! by Myron E. Ferguson. The title of this new book should be "Mistakes to Avoid When Building Your New Home". Author Myron E. Ferguson offers a room-by-room house tour and shows good features to emulate and bad features to avoid.
The books dozens of photos and illustrations explain the topics...The author praises good design and shows why bad planning leads to problems later. His inexpensive tips can be used by both home buyers and homeowners planning renovations.Whether you are custom-designing a new house or buying a tract or resale house, this book is must reading...On my scale of one to 10, it rates a solid 10. -- Kelly Humphrey, Northwest Florida Daily News, Ft. Walton Beach, FL, April 5, 1998
USER-FRIENDLY BOOK MAY HELP WHEN BUILDING OR BUYING
Do any of the following scenarios sound familiar?
You enter your new home after dark and spend several minutes searching for the light switch, which is inconveniently located several feet from the door. In the mean time, you stub your toe and trip over the cat... After you move in you spend hours rearranging the furniture, only to discover that there are no cable outlets near where you want to put your TV.
These sorts of aggravations plague homeowners every day. Want to avoid them? Read Myron Fergusons newly-revised book, "Build It Right: What to Look for in Your New Home." The information can benefit people who are building a custom home, buying an existing house or remodeling their current residence.
A favorite comment (of readers) is that, "You'll never look at a house the same way again after youve read "Build It Right!", Ferguson said. "It really does help people." -- Robert Bruss, Real Estate Book Review, Tribune Media Services, September 29, 1997
WILL YOUR NEW HOUSE WORK?
"Build It Right!: What to Look for in Your New Home," is the result of (Ferguson's) travels to over 1000 homes. The book reads like a home tour with someone who can stay focused on how a home works. Ferguson picks up a lot on his radar that most of would never think about, at least until we moved in and for example, had to get to the whirlpool tub's pump that "oh, no! can only be reached by removing the toilet." (A real example.)
He is a strong advocate of function, although not without sensitivity to form. "In most cases," he says, "there is little conflict between form and function....Rather, its simply a matter of remembering function."
"In one custom house I visited," he wrote, "the door from the master bedroom opens right across the door into the room where the toilet is. So to get to the toilet, you go from the bedroom into the bathroom, then you must close the door you just through so you can open the door to get to the toilet. Wanna try this in the middle of the night?"
People building custom homes can use the book to avoid the problems described. Tract-home buyers might not be able to avoid them, but Ferguson wants them at least to realize what theyre getting into.
Ferguson says hes seen some houses in which he can't find a thing to criticize. He says he also understands when a builder does something because the alternative would be expensive. What really annoys him, to this day, are all the things that could be changed, at little or no cost, but the builders just don't think about. -- Linda Shaw, Seattle Times, July 25, 1998 and these other Knight Ridder newspapers: Houston Chronicle, August 16, 1998; San Jose Mercury News, September 5, 1998; Richmond Times-Dispatch, September 27, 1998; Hartford Courant, January 31, 1999