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The Home Water Supply: How to Find, Filter, Store, and Conserve It
The Home Water Supply
How to Find, Filter, Store, and Conserve It
Paperback      ISBN: 0882663240

If you manage your own water supply, you've likely had, are having, or will have water problems. Whether it's an issue of access, contamination, or taste, Stu Campbell has a clever solution, often enlivened by a charming anecdote. Campbell offers techniques for locating water on your property, as well as how to purify, store, and distribute it throughout your home. With an approachable style, expert advice, and money-saving strategies, The Home Water Supply has all of your water issues covered.

Small Strawbale: Natural Homes, Projects & Designs
Small Strawbale
Natural Homes, Projects & Designs
Paperback      ISBN: 1586855158

Bill and Athena Steen, a couple committed to educating people about sustainable ways of living, along with an architect who consults on strawbale homes, offer practical guidance on building simple, energy-efficient structures including fences, outbuildings, greenhouses, and houses. Color photos provide inspiration for using such natural materials.

Drywall: Professional Techniques for Walls & Ceilings
Drywall
Professional Techniques for Walls & Ceilings
Paperback      ISBN: 156158133x

This revised version of Drywall gives readers information on new tools and materials and techniques that Myron has field-tested since the last revision in 2008. For the first time the book also includes a bound-in DVD with tips and techniques for hassle-free drywall installation. Drywall, 4th Edition, offers the very latest information with the familiar easy-to-use format that made the first three editions such great successes.

Learn how to:

  • Choose the right drywall for the job
  • Hang, tape, and finish drywall like the pros
  • Work with the new cornerbead products
  • Repair damaged walls and ceilings
  • Prep drywall for paint and textured finishes
The Languages of Edison's Light
The Languages of Edison's Light
Hardcover      ISBN: 026202456x

Technology is business, and dealing with the media, the public, financiers, and government agencies can be as important to an invention's success as effective product development. To understand how rhetoric works in technology, one cannot do better than to start with the American inventor Thomas Alva Edison and the incandescent light bulb. Charles Bazerman tells the story of the emergence of electric light as one of symbols and communication. He examines how Edison and his colleagues represented light and power to themselves and to others as the technology was transformed from an idea to a daily fact of life. He looks at the rhetoric used to create meaning and value for the emergent technology in the laboratory, in patent offices and courts, in financial markets, and in boardrooms, city halls, newspapers, and the consumer marketplace. Along the way he describes the social and communicative arrangements that shaped and transformed the world in which Edison acted. He portrays Edison, both the individual and the corporation, as a self-conscious social actor whose rhetorical groundwork was crucial to the technology's material realization and success.

The Northwest Green Home Primer
The Northwest Green Home Primer
Paperback      ISBN: 088192797x
The essential, real-world, green home manual

Everyone can make green home decisions on a budget with this inspiring, informationpacked guide. Whether you are building, remodeling, buying, or just curious, here are real-world strategies for getting the greenest results from your budget, with hundreds of ideas for a home that is built to last, comfortable and healthy, money- and time-saving in the long term, and kind to the planet. From your home's exterior to its operating systems within, from siting to interior design, this is the basic training that has given many the confidence to proceed. Award-winning sustainable design and building consultant and teacher Kathleen O'Brien and architectural designer and sustainability consultant Kathleen Smith offer their "top picks" for each phase. They've also each faced their own green home challenges in a single-family house and a duplex, and other case studies show affordable energy-efficient green homes both old and new. Brimming with ideas, clear and logical, with tips, checklists, and resources for green home planning, construction, remodeling, and maintenance, extensively illustrated with photos and diagrams, this is the essential green home manual for novice and professional alike.
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

Bungalows: Design Ideas for Renovating, Remodeling, and Build
Bungalows
Design Ideas for Renovating, Remodeling, and Build
Hardcover      ISBN: 1561584355

The books in this series are filled with design ideas and inspiration for remodeling, renovating, and building houses in classic American architectural styles. Readers will discover innovative strategies for living comfortably in traditional-styled homes.

This Green House: Home Improvements for the Eco-Smart, the Thrifty, and the Do-It-Yourselfer
This Green House
Home Improvements for the Eco-Smart, the Thrifty, and the Do-It-Yourselfer
Paperback      ISBN: 158479786x

Just the thought of "going green" can make you feel blue. Trying to live sustainably sounds like a whole lot of work and a whole lot of deprivation. Well, Josh Piven aims to both shrink your carbon footprint and soothe your eco-anxiety. In a guidebook that's as funny as it is practical, Piven shows you how to green every room of the house--and have a good time doing it. Projects range from the playful (raising trout in your swimming pool) all the way to big-time, serious home alterations (installing a root cellar) that will have your neighbors green with envy. Don't fret if you're not a natural wrench-turner: Most of Piven's suggestions are inexpensive, totally approachable, and accompanied by clear illustrations. This Green House is likely to be the most entertaining homeowner's manual you've ever used.