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TkE dream: When die decision is made to build a house, of course you don't start immediately to make drawings and blueprints for it. Instead you start to dream. Different visions of the house are imagined, your mind's eye looks at the dream house from different angles. Your vision of the house, first rather vague, becomes clearer and clearer the more you think about it. But so far it is all in your mind, just imagination. If you plan to locate the house in a particular area, of course this location must be included in the dream.

Only after this dreaming, after the picture bccomcs clcarcr do you start drawing plans. Several plans will probably be necessary. The drawings help to make the concept of the house even clearer than thinking by itself can. It is an aid to visualization. Eventually, to help your imagination still more, a model might be built.

All this is accomplished before calculations arc done, hefore real decisions concerning construction arc made. All this is still working with the dream, lending substance to it to make it workable. This is when you are being genuinely creative. Only after the dream is firmly established and thoroughly considered do you start working on technical details.

1 HE TECHNICAL I )FTAILS: After rhe dream is dearly envisioned, you can begin to think about construction. How will the foundation be set? How will the framework inside the walls be built to support the structure?

Of course it would be great if you could construct die framework in a way that avoids having to change the design ol your dream house as you originally envisioned it. However, perhaps you do need to modify the dream here and there to make its construction safe and solid. Calculations arc made, materials arc selected, ctc.

THE BUILDING: Having finished your dreaming and preparations for building, it's finally time to start construction. You may find dial small adjustments must be made to the technical details you've planned, but these should be relatively minor if you have prepared carefully.

It's Ready—Time for Adjustments: After the house is built you move in. As you live in it you may find thai certain tilings haven't worked out as well as you thought they would. You might find a certain room would be better if it were a bit larger, or an extra cupboard would be convenient here or there. Thanks to your command of unlimited funds, the changes are made.

But when you receive guests in your house other deficiencies might become evident. Suppose rhar most of your guests are taller than you are, and many o( them, 011 entering the house, bump their heads on the top of rhe door frame. You should adjust the height of the doors—unless, of course, it is your intention that by way of welcome your guests should bump their heads.

When making a house, these steps must be taken pretty much in rhe order given. At times you may have to retreat a step and try it again, either from the beginning or at some midpoint. To have a real house, though, rather than a shambles, an orderly progress of steps must be followed.

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