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  • L Lucas says:
    124 of 124 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    easy to understand for constuction novices, November 1, 2000
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    L Lucas

    This review is from: Building Construction Illustrated (Paperback)
    I teach construction technology to future General contractors and Interior Designers…and this is the best reference book I have found for beginners. When they ask me the size of a door or height of a kitchen cabinet I tell them to look it up…and I have the utmost confidence that it is both in this book and so well illustrated that the students can easily understand it. I call this book the Beginners Graphic STandards. And at about 1/3 the cost. I also reccomend KaffeeKang’ book called Graphic Guide to Frame Construction for residential framing.

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  • James Ferguson says:
    74 of 77 people found the following review helpful
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    Just enough to make you dangerous, January 23, 2003
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    James Ferguson (Vilnius, Lithuania) –
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    This review is from: Building Construction Illustrated (Paperback)
    As an architect I worked for noted, this book gives you just enough information to make you dangerous. Ching provides a beautifully illustrated guide to basic concepts of building construction. It is a great introductory book filled with much useful information, but one can’t necessarily build from this book. I use it mostly to explain construction ideas, especially when it comes to wood-frame buildings, than I do as a set of graphic standards. Ching does offer some specific information, such as thermal resistance of building materials and a general span guide for roof and floor trusses, but much of this information is general and should be verified with more precise data books. However, Ching didn’t set out to create another “Standard Architectural Graphics” book, but rather an affordable guide to building construction which would provide some useful information to the design student and home builder alike.

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  • Robin says:
    36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
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    Still a classic after twenty-five years., September 15, 2002
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    Robin

    This review is from: Building Construction Illustrated (Paperback)
    I bought the first edition of this book years ago and what attracted me to it was the very accessible way it was produced, it just looked so inviting. Francis Ching writes about technical matters in a simple straightforward style and Cassandra Adams illustrations are a joy to look at. She produced the entire book (except for the bar-code) by hand, cover, title page, contents, index and drew over a thousand technical illustrations and even hand wrote the detailed captions. This latest updated edition uses the same illustrations but the text is now typeset in a typeface (Tekton, I think) very similar to her handwritten style.

    As other reviewers have said this is not a book for the DIY handyman but a guide to construction basics, chapters deal with the site, the building, foundations, floors, walls, roofs, moisture protection, doors and windows, finish work, mechanical and electrical, materials. The thirty-two page Appendix gives addition technical information, followed by a ten page index.

    I do have one very minor criticism of this latest edition though, for some odd reason the publisher’s have decided to print all the illustrations in a tint of black which detracts them from their original beauty. However this will not stop readers from enjoying and learning from a unique looking book that can hardly be improved on. A masterpiece.

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