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Helen C. Watts, PE, Senior Engineer

Thank you for finding Helen Watts Engineering PLLC's website. Helen Watts now works for Criterium Engineers (https://criterium-engineers.com/about-us/helen-watts-p-e/) in their Freeport Office.
 
Please check out the Builder's Tools page for  interesting and helpful information collected to help contractors, but helpful for owners as well. Send an e-mail if you have sites to suggest adding.
 
Homeowners may find the Hints articles helpful to get the most out of their house investment.
 
To go to the site for the Graphic Handbooks for the Pretty Good House, click on the links below. These are books about building science - how your building can work well, cost-effectively, for beginners.

Graphic Handbook of the Pretty Good House

Volume 2, The Pretty Good House

Some Rules of Thumb:
Build durably so the maintenance required is simple.
Maintain as recommended so the structure stays in good condition longer.
Build so the building is flexible, and can be used under different conditions.
Make the building work with the outside environment, not against it.
 
When you build, there are three factors - and you can only "have" two out of three:
     RIGHT - FAST - CHEAP
If you don't build RIGHT, then it won't be FAST or CHEAP.