Your Dream Home

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Your Dream Home: how to build it for less than $3,500
AuthorHubbard Cobb
CountryUnited States
Published1950 (Wm. H. Wise & Co.)

Your Dream Home: How to Build It for Less Than $3,500 is a 1950 "do it yourself" book by American columnist and editor Hubbard Cobb. It was the biggest non-fiction seller of the year of its release, selling over a million copies.[1][2][3] Specifically, the book featured instructions for building a Cape Cod style home, with eight floor plans included.[4][5] The book is illustrated and covers all aspects of construction relevant to 1950, from financing the project and clearing the land to constructing built-in furniture for the finished product. It was the debut book for Cobb, who would go on to produce a number of others in the "do it yourself" genre.


  1. ^ The publishers weekly. 159. 1951. p. 216. Retrieved 9 June 2010. The year's biggest seller in non-fiction was "Your Dream Home" by Hubbard Cobb (William H. Wise).
  2. ^ Hackett, Alice Payne; James Henry Burke (1977). 80 years of best sellers, 1895-1975. R. R. Bowker Co. p. 154. ISBN 978-0-8352-0908-3. Retrieved 9 June 2010. Your Dream Home, by Hubbard Cobb, sold over 100000 copies through bookstores, close to one million by mail, making it actually the top best seller of the year through all channels.
  3. ^ R.R. Bowker Company; Publishers' Board of Trade (U.S.); Book Trade Association of Philadelphia; Am. Book Trade Association, American Book Trade Union (1953). The publishers weekly. F. Leypoldt. p. 1388. Retrieved 9 June 2010. Previous books by this author, "Complete Home Handyman's Guide" and "Your Dream Home," have sold over half a million copies and over one million copies, respectively.
  4. ^ Karal Ann Marling (1 March 1996). As seen on TV: the visual culture of everyday life in the 1950s. Harvard University Press. ISBN 978-0-674-04883-6. Retrieved 9 June 2010.
  5. ^ Bonnier Corporation (March 1952). Popular Science. Bonnier Corporation. p. 46. ISSN 0161-7370. Retrieved 9 June 2010. (advertisement)