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Garage: Reinventing the Place We Park
Garage
Reinventing the Place We Park
Hardcover      ISBN: 1561583782

Anyone who thinks the garage is simply a place to park the car will never think that again after a look at this book. Garage takes a look at the last, undiscovered frontier of home design... the most versatile room not in the house. The book explores many uses for this ubiquitous space -- from studio, library, and museum to soundstage, playroom, and greenhouse. Garage takes this space seriously, after all.
-- Includes more than 200 color photographs of over 50 garages.
-- Shows how to create a garage "room" that meets one's needs for efficiency and style.
-- Provides options for using existing space and floor plans for new structures.

Contemporary Kitchens: A Style Portfolio
Contemporary Kitchens
A Style Portfolio
Paperback      ISBN: 0764323997

Hundreds of contemporary kitchens demonstrating a modern aesthetic are shown in over 250 gorgeous color photographs. Sleek space-age designs, minimalist masterpieces, and traditional kitchens with a modern flair all are included. This striking collection will inspire readers to consider innovative ideas in light fixtures, cabinetry features, flooring, backsplashes, and countertops. Actual projects from top designers and cabinetry manufacturers will keep homeowners, architects, and designers turning the pages enthusiastically.

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

The Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking: Decorating, Dining, and the Gratifying Pleasures of Self-Sufficiency--On a Budget!
The Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking
Decorating, Dining, and the Gratifying Pleasures of Self-Sufficiency--On a Budget!
Paperback      ISBN: 0062014706

"I am a hugefan Kate Payne has nailed it in this humorous and creative guide for fabulous, chic and easy-on-the-wallet ideas for your home. . . . another must have for mygirlfriends." --Kim Barnouin, co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Skinny Bitch

"Anencouraging, non-perfectionist, step-by-step guide for creating a pleasurablehome without killing yourself (or the planet)." --Sally Schneider, Founder of TheImprovisedLife.com, and author of The Improvisational Cook

Artist, creator, and self described "half-assed domestic goddess" KatePayne delivers a savvy and resourceful guide to creative home living. With aknowledgeable, encouraging, and no-nonsense tone, the Brooklyn-bred, Austin-baseddomestic guru dispenses her need-to-know advice on thrift stores, flea markets, Craigslist, interior design, decorating, cooking, crafting, and the best waysto embrace an artistic lifestyle.

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

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

Creative Patios
Creative Patios
Paperback      ISBN: 0764312782

This collection of beautiful photographs showcases the artistry of those who sculpt outdoor living environments with solid rock, impressed and tinted concrete, and brick in many forms. You will be both inspired and informed. This practical guidebook will help you choose a patio style suitable for your home, learn to speak your contractor's language, pick a plan that fits your budget and style, furnish and organize outdoor areas for entertaining or intimate family dining, create containers and border areas for dynamic gardens and landscaping displays, and develop outdoor sanctuaries with artfully placed planter boxes, shrubs, and privacy screens. There are also step-by-step instructions for the successful installation of your own paver patio

Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook: The Essential Guide to Caring for Everything in Your Home
Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook
The Essential Guide to Caring for Everything in Your Home
Hardcover      ISBN: 0517577003

Whether your home is small or large, an apartment in the city or a country cottage, it is a space that should be at once beautiful and livable. The key to that is managing the upkeep without feeling flustered. Until now, there has never been a comprehensive resource that not only tells how to care for your home and everything in it, but that also simplifies the process by explaining just when. With secrets from Martha Stewart for accomplishing the most challenging homekeeping tasks with ease, this detailed and comprehensive book is the only one you will need to help you keep your home looking its best, floor to ceiling, room by room.

In Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook, Martha shares her unparalleled expertise in home maintenance and care. Readable and practical-and graced with charts, sidebars, illustrated techniques, and personal
anecdotes from Martha's decades of experience caring for her homes-this is far more than just a compendium of ways to keep your house clean. It covers everything from properly executing a living room floor plan to setting a formal table; from choosing HEPA filters to sealing soapstone countertops; from organizing your home office to polishing your silver and caring for family heirlooms.

Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook is organized for clarity and maximum practicality:

Room by Room covers the upkeep of the appliances, tools, furnishings, and surfaces found in each room, from the entryway to the kitchen, from the attic to the laundry room.

Throughout the House instructs the reader on the proper ways to routinely clean and periodically maintain everything in the home, including dusting, sweeping, vacuuming, polishing, scrubbing, waxing and much more.

Comfort and Safety focuses on techniques to ensure your home is running properly and safely, such as recognizing when to clean vents, fixing a leaky faucet, and eradicating pests.

A-to-Z Materials Guide provides an invaluable resource that explains the unusual materials that many favorite objects are made of-from abalone to zinc-
and how to care for them so they last.

Encyclopedic yet friendly, Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook is a seminal work-a must-have for everyone who wants a well-cared-for home that will endure for generations.
How to Build and Furnish a Log Cabin: The Easy, Natural Way Using Only Hand Tools and the Woods Around You
How to Build and Furnish a Log Cabin
The Easy, Natural Way Using Only Hand Tools and the Woods Around You
Paperback      ISBN: 0020016700

W. Ben Hunt's classic has earned a reputation as the" authentic handbook since it was first published in 1939. Updated in 1974, it remains the only step-by-step guide to building log cabins and log furniture -- pioneer style."