The ultimate insider's guide to organizing the people you'll need to get your dream house built. Architect and consultant Stephen Collier guides you step-by-step through the rigorous project of getting your own house built just the way you want it. He takes the time to answer the most-asked questions - plus a few most people never think to ask until it's too late. The 14 chapters cover such vital topics as what qualities to look for in a contractor or builder, what the difference is between an architect and a home designer, how building codes and zoning ordinances affect your project, dealing with the bidding process, and much, much more that you will absolutely need to know. There is a glossary of building terms, as well as sample itemized bidding forms, a convenient project schedule to follow, and an entire section devoted to the most important aspect of your dream house's construction: financing. Only Raising the Rafters covers every aspect of planning and execution from the initial dream to the last nail hammered into the roof.