Transform your deck, yard, patio, or garden into perfect outdoor rooms for entertaining, dining, or simply relaxing in style. Maybe all it takes is an outside bar like the ones at posh hotels, or a comfy Adirondack sofa, practical barbecue, or fun porch swing. Go ahead: start building Even if you're a beginner who has never wielded a hammer, these projects are well within your abilities. Every one has been simplified with the novice in mind and uses only standard lumber and a few readily available materials. Many, such as a cheery birdhouse table, can take just a few hours to make. And, they're all wonderfully sturdy, ready to stand up to the elements. Enhance any al fresco space with a deck canopy, tiled coffee table, lattice screen, trellis and fountain, and more. You'll save on specialty store versions, and the handmade ones will fit perfectly with your lifestyle and surroundings Twenty-one projects in all.
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.
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.
Driven in large part by the popularity of the NHL's Winter Classic, outdoor hockey is enjoying an unprecedented revival. For a sport that began under the open sky, a backyard rink allows for a return to the origins of the game and can provide a memorable neighborhood gathering place and a place for players to train without the expense of indoor ice rental.
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.
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.
See how easy it is to build your own backyard oasis.
Outdoor carpentry projects using cedar, redwood, and pressure-treated pine are perfect for Do-It-Yourselfers of all skill levels, since the materials are easy to work with, and the results are rewarding. Enjoy outdoor furnishings you can create yourself. Items made with quality materials last much longer and cost less, in the long run, than off-the-shelf items. With classic swings for kids and adults, arbors for gardeners and even a table that folds, there's something in The Complete Guide to Outdoor Carpentry for everyone Over three dozen projects are included, ranging from seating, entertaining, recreational and storage, to overheads and arbors. New projects, unique to this edition, include: 5-board bench, picnic table, folding table, outdoor occasional table, deck-railing planter, window box, Arts-and-Crafts mahogany gate, sheltered swing, outdoor serving cart, arbor and garden bridge. All the projects within this book can be built in a weekend with ordinary power hand tools and materials available at any local home center or hardware store. Each project has complete construction plans and directions for foolproof results--so jump right in and make your backyard unique
Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Sheds has the perfect plan for anyone who is building his or her own tool shed, habitable shed, and many more.
The most popular plans from previous editions are preserved, from small garage-style sheds with overhead doors, to kit sheds, to contemporary utility sheds with a dramatic flair. This new edition delves into new styles that are drawing strong interest today, including tiny sheds, miniature tool sheds, and even small habitable sheds that are designed to function mostly as a quiet retreat for practicing a particular hobby or activity. As with all of the hardworking, practical sheds from earlier editions, the new varieties include full-color step by step photos, complete building plan drawings with cutting lists, and clear how-to instructions.
Shed-building, like any other building process, starts with good techniques. That's why the general skills section has been updated and improved. With this complete guide, you can build just about any shed you dream of. Plus, you'll find information on new tools and products that will make your project go faster and more smoothly. Rounded out with helpful information on important considerations like siting and zoning, Black & Decker Complete Guide to Sheds 3rd Edition truly is a complete guide to this very popular DIY activity.