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About the videos: This step-by-step analysis of the self-contracting process also focuses on the specialized building methods and custom materials used to construct a high-end home. We pay special attention to the planning process, giving plenty of attention to selecting building plans and design ideas; choosing and surveying a lot; arranging financing and insurance; securing contracts and lien waivers; and working with the lumber yard materials estimator. We also take a look at some of the product choices available today such as timberframing and structural insulated panels; the use of "healthy" building techniques and recycled materials; laminated beams and engineered lumber joists; foundation waterproofing systems; and options for windows and doors. Finally, we walk you through the final inspection process and note some commonly missed items. This 3,120-square-foot house (referred to as the Forest Cottage by the architect and Better Homes & Gardens magazine) contains many special features including laminated shingles, cedar lap siding, veneer-plaster walls, radiant floor heating, maple floors, marbleized linoleum, cherry veneer trim, Craftsman-style lighting, granite hearth, pastry counter, breakfast nook, and even French doors with art-glass panes.
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