The Illustrated Book of

Illustrated Housebuilding

The definitive illustrated layman's guide
to housebuilding and interior carpentry


  • large format 8-1/2" x 11" paperback
  • 336 pages
  • over 600 illustrations
  • select bibliography
  • fully indexed

Only available from Overlook Press

Two classics now combined in one economical volume !

With a combined total of a quarter of a million copies in print in their separate editions, Illustrated Housebuilding and Illustrated Interior Carpentry are the undisputed classic guides for the average person who wants to become involved with building a house and its interior woodwork.

Armed with this new two-in-one volume, anyone can tackle such jobs as the construction and installation of doors, the laying down of floors, the construction of plaster or sheetrock walls, and even build an entire house — economically, speedily, and sturdily. In addition there is in-depth discussion of tools, materials, decorative mouldings, stairs, and handrails. With over 600 illustrations, select bibliograhies, index, and easy-to-follow text, this how-to reference provides sound and encouraging instructions for all home carpenters.

"If you're thinking of building your own home or a new addition to your present home, and you'd like to know just what's involved, this is the book to set your thinking straight."
—Popular Science

"For those who need a lot of help in building their own home, this is the book."
—The New York Times

"Blackburn discusses tools, carpentry, choosing a site, and even financing. He has a witty sense of humor and a fund of building lore."

"Blackburn makes everything seem easy in his uncluttered guide."