Books Every Builder Should Own

This essential reading list by carpenter and historic-preservation expert Brent Hull covers history, how-to, design, and more.

From the photo below, taken in his office, you can tell that Brent Hull has an extensive library of books. Fine Homebuilding asked Brent to list the books every builder should own in this article.

Hull Millwork Library - Books Every Builder Should Own

Brent notes that every builder should have a collection of at least 100 books with a focus on house design and building styles. He feels this is important because many builders have become separated from the architectural field and lack a broader understanding of building design.

The list of titles he recommends is categorized by:

  • historical architecture
  • building styles
  • architectural details
  • how-to
  • plus additional books to consider

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