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Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Ceramic Tile
Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Ceramic Tile
Paperback      ISBN: 1589235630

Complete DIY tile installation instructions with over 350 how-to, step-by-step photos; tool and material selection guides with full-color photography; design inspiration; the most up-to-date tile products and projects, such as recycled glass tile and other environmentally friendly and sustainable tile, new advancements for tile specifically engineered for outdoors, faux-stone tiles (made of more affordable materials), etc.; tile for all home projects including floors, walls, bathrooms, kitchens, and outdoors. This is the one stop shop for do-it-yourself tile installation instructions.

Nigella Express: Good Food, Fast
Nigella Express
Good Food, Fast
Hardcover      ISBN: 1401322433

The Domestic Goddess is back--and this time it's instant. Nigella and her style of cooking have earned a special place in our lives, symbolizing all that is best, most pleasurable, most hands-on, and least fussy about good food. But that doesn't mean she wants us to spend hours in the kitchen, slaving over a hot stove. Featuring fabulous fast foods, ingenious shortcuts, terrific time-saving ideas, effortless entertaining tips, and simple, scrumptious meals, Nigella Express is her solution to eating well when time is short. Here are mouthwatering meals, quick to prepare and easy to follow, that you can conjure up after a day in the office or on a busy weekend for family or unexpected guests. This is food you can make as you hit the kitchen running, with vital advice on how to keep your pantry stocked and your freezer and fridge stacked. When time is precious, you can't spend hours shopping, so you need to make life easier by being prepared. Not that these recipes are basic--though they are always simple--but it's important to make every ingredient earn its place, minimizing effort by maximizing taste. Here too is great food that can be prepared quickly but cooked slowly in the oven, leaving you time to have a bath, a drink, talk to friends, or help the children with their homework--minimum stress for maximum enjoyment . . . Nigella Express features a new generation of fast food--never basic, never dull, always doable, quick, and delicious. Featuring recipes seen on Food Network's Nigella Express series.

House
House
Hardcover      ISBN: 0395363179

The author of "The Soul of a New Machine" analyzes the intimate details of building a new house from the point of view of those involved--from owners and architects to builders and carpenters

Creating the Not So Big House: Insights and Ideas for the New American House
Creating the Not So Big House
Insights and Ideas for the New American House
Hardcover      ISBN: 1561583774

The Not So Big House created a movement that is changing the way people think about the American home. That groundbreaking book proposed a new blueprint for the American home: a house that values quality over quantity, with an emphasis on comfort and beauty, a high level of detail, and a floor plan designed for today's informal lifestyle.

Creating the Not So Big House is the blueprint in action. Focusing on key design strategies such as visual weight, layering, and framed openings, Sarah Susanka takes an up-close look at 25 houses designed according to Not So Big principles. The houses are from all over North America in a rich variety of styles -- from a tiny New York apartment to a southwestern adobe, a traditional Minnesota farmhouse, and a cottage community in the Pacific Northwest. Whether new or remodeled, these one-of-a-kind homes provide all the inspiration you need to create your own Not So Big House.

Independent Builder: Designing & Building a House Your Own Way
Independent Builder
Designing & Building a House Your Own Way
Paperback      ISBN: 0930031857

This is a comprehensive manual of design and building methods for owner-builders as well as professional builders and their clients. In addition to presenting specific building techniques, the book explains the design principles and planning processes that underlie all good building, so that readers can develop their own exceptional designs, independently.

Independent Builder develops subjects not covered thoroughly in other books, but critical to success:

Designing small houses that seem big

Understanding innovation

Estimating and controlling costs

Incorporating ergonomics and accessibility

Doing drawings and scale models

Making contracts that work

The Natural House: A Complete Guide to Healthy, Energy-Efficient, Environmental Homes
The Natural House
A Complete Guide to Healthy, Energy-Efficient, Environmental Homes
Paperback      ISBN: 1890132578

The Natural House is a tour of the construction, costs, and pros and cons of fourteen natural building methods. Straw Bale, Rammed Earth, Cob, Cordwood, Adobe, Earthbags, Papercrete, Earthships...whatever the method, the common goal is to create a house that is economical, energy efficient, nontoxic, soothing to the soul, kind to the environment, and pleasing to behold. This comprehensive sourcebook offers in-depth information that will guide your search for the perfect sustainable dream home. It is a must for home builders, contractors, and architects.

Author Dan Chiras shows how you can gain energy independence and reduce your environmental impact through passive solar heating and cooling techniques, solar electricity, wind power, and micro-hydropower. He also explains safe, economical ways to obtain clean drinking water and treat wastewater, and discusses affordable green products.

While he's an unabashed advocate of natural building techniques, Chiras takes care not to romanticize and to alert readers to avoidable pitfalls. His detailed, practical, and ecologically sound advice can save tens of thousands of dollars, whether you are buying, building, or renovating a natural home.

Black & Decker Complete Guide to Garages: Building a New Garage, Repairing & Replacing Doors & Windows, Improving Storage, Maintaining Floors, Upgrading Electrical Service, Complete Garage Pla
Black & Decker Complete Guide to Garages
Building a New Garage, Repairing & Replacing Doors & Windows, Improving Storage, Maintaining Floors, Upgrading Electrical Service, Complete Garage Pla
Paperback      ISBN: 158923457x

This is a dual-purpose, two-in-one book that opens with a strong inspiration section of ideas for garage organization and use, then adds a fully developed how-to section that includes a range of step-by-step projects, ranging from the installation of basic shelving and storage features, to complete follow-along sequences showing the construction of three different garage styles from the ground up.

Black & Decker Complete Home Repair
Black & Decker Complete Home Repair
Paperback      ISBN: 1589233557

The most up-to-date, complete, and useful guide to home repair a homeowner can have.

With more than 350 projects and 2300 photos, virtually every home repair challenge is covered.

Deluxe Edition includes a handy hardware chart

This new edition of the classic Black & Decker(R) Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair now includes a durable washable flex cover that makes the book ideal for use on the homeowners work site.

Added to this edition is a homeowners convenience kit, including peel-and-stick reminder stickers and labels to help you tag your calendar with home maintenance reminders, keep track of furnace and appliance maintenance, index your circuit-breaker box, organize your tool collection, and more.

  • Includes more than 350 projects
Outdoor Kitchens & Fireplaces
Outdoor Kitchens & Fireplaces
Paperback      ISBN: 0764329553

Outdoor living is heating up the marketplace today, and more and more people take their leisure time outdoors. Toward that end, they're bringing the kitchen with them, along with a blazing fire to warm and illuminate their yards into the later hours. This book offers the largest collection of images of landscapes, outdoor kitchens, and fireplaces available on the market today, and with those gorgeous photos come hundreds of ideas. Live vicariously as you leaf through these pages, and then make the dream come true in your own backyard with some of the many inspirations found here.

Picture Perfect Pools
Picture Perfect Pools
Paperback      ISBN: 0764327577

Choose a picture-perfect pool to complement your landscape. Home design can be as easy as browsing through this collection of 200 pools from some of the world's top builders. This book presents a broad range of pool designs, from garden-like settings to integrated outdoor living areas. You will find hundres of ideas for: - Fountains, spas, and fire - Bridges and decorative additions - Landscaping and hardscaping designs - Edge treatments The swimming pool has never been more alluring Find your picture perfect pool