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The Campaign for Domestic Happiness
The Campaign for Domestic Happiness
Paperback      ISBN: 024195634x

Firmly of the belief that a home should be run as an efficient military campaign, Mrs. Beeton, the doyenne of English cookery, offers timeless tips on selecting cuts of meat, throwing a grand party and hosting a dinner, as well as giving suggestions on staff wages and the cost of each recipe. With such delicious English classics as rabbit- pie, carrot soup, baked apple custard, and fresh lemonade - as well as invalid's jelly for those days when stewed eels may be a little too much - this is a wonderful collection of food writing from the matriarch of modern housekeeping.

Cabins: A Guide to Building Your Own Nature Retreat
Cabins
A Guide to Building Your Own Nature Retreat
Paperback      ISBN: 1552093735

"Clear, practical book ... full-color photos help do-it-yourselfers realize their dreams." -- Log Homes Illustrated

The best-selling Cabins is back in print, at the same great value of its original price. This authoritative how-to title gives readers all the information they need to build their own cabin, including:

  • A useful list of essential questions to consider during the planning process
  • Types of cabin construction, such as pole built, stick built, post and beam, stone, cordwood, wood siding, and the advantages of each
  • Site preparation, foundations, windows and doors, ladders and stairs, insulation, roofing, electricity, water systems and heating
  • Essential information on log cabins
  • Cabin designs and their advantages
  • Furnishings and accessories

    Construction methods are clearly illustrated in meticulous line drawings and precise plans with measurements. Cut-away cross-sections and exploded diagrams give the builder the true perspective and detail needed to obtain the best result, allowing readers to get the most enjoyment out of their newly built wilderness retreat.

  • Affordable Kitchen Upgrades: Transform Your Kitchen on a Small Budget
    Affordable Kitchen Upgrades
    Transform Your Kitchen on a Small Budget
    Paperback      ISBN: 1580115349

    Kitchen remodeling projects can be expensive, but there are alternatives to a full-scale renovation. Affordable Kitchen Upgrades provides those alternatives by supplying inexpensive design ideas and easy how-to projects that make a large impact on the look and the functionality of a kitchen. Covering a variety of projects from replacing the pulls and hinges on cabinetry to installing new countertops, Affordable Kitchen Upgrades shows homeowners how incremental changes can vastly improve their kitchens. Homeowners can make a number of improvements all at once or space them out to accommodate their time and budget. Affordable Kitchen Upgrades covers upgrades to cabinetry, including increasing storage options; countertops and backsplashes; sinks and faucets; lighting; and flooring.

    The Complete Guide to Bathrooms: Remodeling on a Budget, Vanities & Cabinets, Plumbing & Fixtures, Showers, Sinks & Tubs
    The Complete Guide to Bathrooms
    Remodeling on a Budget, Vanities & Cabinets, Plumbing & Fixtures, Showers, Sinks & Tubs
    Paperback      ISBN: 1589235622

    This best-selling bathroom remodeling book features practical, achievable bathroom improvements and upgrades shown with clear color step-by-step photos. From replacing surfaces and fixtures to installing plumbing and making easy decorative improvements, Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Bathrooms shows you how to save thousands of dollars by doing the job yourself. Packed with well-chosen projects and on-trend materials, this book has everything you need to serve as a guide for creating a smart, attractive (and maybe a lit luxurious) bathroom. As a bonus, you'll also get a direct computer link to an original series of step-by-step bathroom remodeling videos that you won't find anywhere else on the Internet.

    Capes: Design Ideas for Renovating, Remodeling, and Building New
    Capes
    Design Ideas for Renovating, Remodeling, and Building New
    Hardcover      ISBN: 1561584363

    Cape Cod homes are a perennial favorite among small and growing families, and they can often benefit from being brought up-to-date. Capes is a combination of practical, attractive designs and proven ideas that include a wealth of style, size, and budget choices for renovating, remodeling, or building a Cape Cod-style home. Featuring over 20 case studies of updated homes and Capes built from scratch, the book is generously illustrated with inspiring original color photographs and before-and-after floor plans.

    The Not So Big House: A Blueprint for the Way We Really Live
    The Not So Big House
    A Blueprint for the Way We Really Live
    Paperback      ISBN: 1561583766

    This best-seller was met with an extraordinary response when it was published in 1998. In it, visionary architect Sarah Susanka embraced the notion of smaller, simpler shelters that better meet the needs of the way we live today. The book created a groundswell of interest among homeowners, architects, and builders. More than 200 photographs bring the spirit of the "Not So Big" house alive.

    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.

    Fire Spaces: Design Inspirations for Fireplaces and Stoves
    Fire Spaces
    Design Inspirations for Fireplaces and Stoves
    Hardcover      ISBN: 076431694x

    Warning: This book will make you want to include a fireplace or stove in almost every room in your home, and the yard too The beauty, alluring warmth, and technological ease and cleanliness of today's hearth products make having a fire faster, easier, safer, and more enticing than ever. This book illustrates the allure, with more than 400 gorgeous color images. It's easy to find your style, visiting hundreds of homes and experiencing the way that they have incorporated fire spaces into their living spaces. There has never been a book like this, with so many wonderful images of fireplaces and stoves. Most are shown within room settings, helping you to envision a fireplace as part of your overall decor. Plus, there's an enormous gallery of close-up images showing fireplace and stove details. You'll have trouble choosing just one

    Fire Places: A Practical Design Guide to Fireplaces and Stoves
    Fire Places
    A Practical Design Guide to Fireplaces and Stoves
    Paperback      ISBN: 1561588350

    What more appealing scene can you conjure up on a wintry day than a pair of comfortable armchairs pulled up to a crackling fire while wisps of smoke curl from the chimney top? All your senses are in use--the sight of the flickering flames, the sound of the crackling logs, the warmth on your face, and the fragrance and taste of wood smoke. The hearth truly is the essential core of every home, whether it is an actual fireplace or merely a mantel displaying the treasures and trophies of intertwined lives. Long past the days of strictly utilitarian purpose, fireplaces and stoves are a design feature in their own right. They are available in an array of styles, sizes, and colors; offer a variety of fuel choices; and feature benefits beyond mere aesthetics, including heat and cooking. Fireplaces and heat sources are also widely found in many rooms throughout the house, including the family or living room, bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom, as well as outdoors. And the latest innovations in fireplace and stove technologies make having one no longer an expensive proposition.
    While the building market is seeing growth in the fireplace market, so too is the remodeling marketplace. In fact, many homeowners are refacing their existing fireplace, upgrading their wood fireplace to gas, or simply installing a new faux fireplace where there wasn't one before. In this book readers will find hundreds of examples of all types of indoor fireplaces--from wood to gas, freestanding, and ventless--and stoves, both wood and pellet. In addition to gorgeous photos of a full range of fireplace styles, materials, and decor for indoor and outdoor fireplaces and stoves, solid information on practical designconsiderations--maintaining a fireplace or stove, remodeling an existing fireplace, safety, converting a wood-burning fireplace to gas, and the like--are explained in detail, making this the only book on the market to offer the breadth of content on both the design and practical components of all types of the latest indoor and outdoor fireplaces and stoves. Aesthetic and practical design considerations for hearths and mantels, built-ins and storage, lighting, and accessories like screen, brooms, and bellows are also covered. A thorough glossary, resources, and index provide reference-like information.

    Home Sweet Zero Energy Home: What It Takes to Develop Great Homes That Won't Cost Anything to Heat, Cool or Light Up, Without Going Broke or Crazy
    Home Sweet Zero Energy Home
    What It Takes to Develop Great Homes That Won't Cost Anything to Heat, Cool or Light Up, Without Going Broke or Crazy
    Paperback      ISBN: 0865716986

    Zero energy homes produce at least as much energy as they consume through a combination of energy efficiencies, passive design, and renewable energy production. California has adopted zero net energy as the new residential standard for 2020; many other governments are considering similar policies. Developing zero energy homes is the first step towards making all buildings zero energy--a critical step in mitigating climate change, since buildings account for forty percent of material and energy use worldwide.

    Home Sweet Zero Energy Home is the first practical guidebook that clearly shows how zero energy homes can be good, livable, affordable homes. The author identifies all the pieces of the zero energy puzzle and how they fall into place, and explains how homeowners and buyers can also take smaller steps towards sharply reducing the energy use of existing buildings. Focusing on real costs and savings, this book takes an in-depth look at:

    • Site selection and passive design
    • Insulation, windows, doors, and building materials
    • Heating and cooling
    • Appliances and electronics
    • Financial resources and incentives

    Whether you are a prospective buyer, owner, or developer, Home Sweet Zero Energy Home is your complete guide to creating a more comfortable, efficient, environmentally friendly home without breaking your back or your bank account.

    Barry Rehfeld has been a journalist for over thirty years and is the founder of the website Zero Energy Intelligence, where he writes about everything you need to know to build, buy, or renovate a home that produces as much energy as it uses.