Super-cool spaces to relax, work, chill out, or escape.
Over 50 real examples from around the world--some simple and modest and some extravagant--inspire and instruct the reader on how to create their own special space. The owners themselves describe how they have created their own hideaways, and author Jane Field-Lewis provides insightful style notes and comments based on her conversations with owners, architects, and designers. For the interiors, recycled, vintage and precious items are mixed with new, functional and practical ones. Learn how to create your own shed, and then how to make it stylish as well as useful.
Homes are located in San Francisco, Nashville, Seattle, Nova Scotia, and Alberta, among other locales on three continents.
Jane Field-Lewis is an award-winning stylist and art director working in photography, film and TV. She is the author of the My Cool series of lifestyle and interior books, including My Cool Caravan. She is also the creator and creative consultant and stylist behind a hit series Amazing Spaces, broadcast in the UK.
Backyard Building will cover backyard accessories, the fundamentals of tools and materials, and useful tips based on real-life questions from the couple's popular website. Its unique style, with hand-drawn illustrations to guide the reader through the building process in a user-friendly way, stands out from the crowd. The clear, detailed drawings are not only easy to follow but a pleasure to look at; they are supplemented by irresistible color photographs.
Great ideas and expert advice on the design and construction of handsome backyard structures. Create the extra space you need:
- Add living space without building on to the main house
- Find cottage designs for every purpose
- Enjoy arbors and gazebos that become destinations in your backyard landscape
- Choosing the best building materials
The guest room solutions that work best for you, while making your guests feel welcomed and perfectly at home. The backyard commute: Home offices and studios that remove you from the distractions of being at home. Great designs for pool houses, boathouses, party spaces, playhouses, arbors, gazebos, greenhouses, and garden sheds.
Gardeners, small farmers, and outdoor living enthusiasts will love this compilation of 76 rustic DIY projects. From plant supports and clotheslines to a chicken coop, a greenhouse, and a root cellar with storage bins, most of the projects are suitable for complete novices, and all use just basic tools and easy-to-find materials. You'll find techniques to build whatever your outdoor world is missing, with additional tips to live sustainably, happily, and independently.
Also available in this series: The Backyard Homestead, The Backyard Homestead Seasonal Planner, The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals, and The Backyard Homestead Book of Kitchen Know-How.
In Backyard Ice Rink, blogger and professional rink builder Joe Proulx guides you through every step of building your own backyard ice skating rink. From the simplest wooden frame to elaborate tall-board rinks, from measuring the slope in your yard to constructing your frame using parts found at your local hardware store, Proulx makes the project easy to tackle. In addition to the four easy-to-follow photo-intensive rink plans, Proulx also covers ice maintenance, building your own bench and goals, teardown, and storage through the summer months.
Great ideas for outdoor entertaining spaces and practical guidance on how to get the project built right.
Outdoor cooking and dining at their best:
Design ideas that will make outdoor meals more relaxing, carefree, and fun
The latest on equipment and materials
Creature comforts that extend the season
Step-by-step DIY projects, plus how to get the most out of contractors
Inspiration comes easy with extended photo galleries that show the best projects being built today
"How to Build" takes a detailed look at the construction process for outdoor kitchens both simple and elegant
"Finishing the Look" provides the shopping data on grills, countertops, pizza ovens, and much more ...
On the surface, grilling, barbecuing, and tailgating are about cooking mouthwatering food. But there's a deeper reason millions of Americans love to grill: it's really about entertaining and, might we suggest, showing off. This one stop resource is filled with clever, impressive projects that you can make yourself to blow your grilling buddies away.
You won't believe the number of ways you can construct your own custom grill, smoker, or accessories. They can be built with bricks, steel barrels, old refrigerator cabinets, and much more. They can be put on trailers for your tailgating needs, and you can build custom surrounds for your grill or smoker to provide much needed work space. BLACK+DECKER Custom Grills & Smokers tells you how to build all kinds of grills and smokers from easy-to-get, inexpensive objects and materials.
From an old-fashioned brick barbecue, to a pit to roast a whole hog, or even a 55-gallon drum to be converted to a Texas barrel smoker, tons of projects are at your disposal with full color, step-by-step instructions. Guaranteed to satisfy at any cookout or tailgate party, and definitely primed to blow away your grilling buddies.
In BLACK+DECKER Deck Codes & Standards, national authority on building codes, Bruce Barker, explains how to both design and build decks within legal limits.
In BLACK+DECKER Deck Codes & Standards Barker accurately shows how to design and build decks right. Given that every year in the U.S. more than 120,000 people are injured by deck collapses, and more than 50 die, following Barker's careful and detailed advice is the surest way for a homeowner to protect against disaster.
Using the same common-sense approach he used in his bestselling book BLACK+DECKER Codes for Homeowners, Barker isolates the aspects of deck building that are the most frequent sources of trouble and shows--with photos, illustrations, and commentary--exactly how to do it correctly.
Barker's new book is not only for DIYers who are building a brand new deck. National deck building codes have changed significantly in the past five years 4 x 4 posts are no longer allowed for structural purposes that a few years ago were deemed fine, and minimum diameter requirements for concrete posts have doubled in many applications. If your existing deck is more than two or three years old, you'll want this detailed but accessible volume.
Be inspired by new design and follow the latest codes as you custom build the deck of your dreams
Architecture, building codes, and design are not static; they change constantly. That's why there's a new edition of the bestselling Black & Decker: The Complete Guide to Decks, incorporating updates to national building codes, as well as new developments in building materials and design. Calling attention to composite deckboards and railings, as well as other PVC products made from recycled plastic, the new materials systems featured in this book are environmentally friendly, easy to work with, rot resistant, and very low maintenance.
Whether you opt for manufactured deck products or wood, the success of your project depends upon a sturdy deck undercarriage. Accomplishing this isn't difficult, but building the framework requires that you have the latest information on building codes. In recent years, these codes have changed significantly, affecting everything from post diameter to allowable joist hangers to railing height and even the size of concrete footings. Black & Decker: The Complete Guide to Decks is the only DIY deck book that's fully updated to conform to the latest codes.
Chapters covered in the book include:
Deck Planning & Design
Deck Materials & Tools
Finishing & Maintaining Your Deck
Custom Deck Projects
Gallery of Inspiring Decks
Black & Decker: The Complete Guide to Decks offers complete step-by-step photos and instructions, so even homeowners with limited DIY experience are assured of a deck that meets their needs. So, don't wait any longer; build the deck of your dreams and start enjoying it
BLACK+DECKER The Complete Guide to DIY Greenhouses contains building plans, information, and tips to help you build and run your own greenhouse from the ground up.
Laser-focused on building greenhouses for the home gardener, it's the most complete title on DIY greenhouses you'll find anywhere. Featuring full-color step-by-step photos and comprehensive how-to instructions, the book features full plans for structures that are designed to extend the gardening season. From ornate, Victorian style greenhouses to basic cold frames, you're sure to find a project that meets your needs and fits your space. In this new edition, you'll find several new plans to expand the range of options, including a geodesic-dome greenhouse, a custom greenhouse with a fieldstone foundation, more kit greenhouses, and even a super-efficient greenhouse built completely from upcycled building materials- the greenest greenhouse you'll find
BLACK+DECKER The Complete Guide to DIY Greenhouses gives an updated look at new materials and products, along with tips for siting and orienting, helps you make good design choices. Complete sections on heaters, ventilation and watering systems show you how to set up and operate your greenhouse for maximum benefit. Building a greenhouse, even a relatively complex "stick-built" style is a surprisingly easy DIY project and one that is sure to delight any gardener in your family.