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Brunelleschi's Dome
Ross King
0142000159
Jan 2003
Paperback
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Book Review
Filippo Brunelleschi's design for the dome of the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence remains one of the most towering achievements of Renaissance architecture. Completed in 1436, the dome remains a remarkable feat of design and engineering. Its span of more than 140 feet exceeds St Paul's in London and St Peter's in Rome, and even outdoes the Capitol in Washington, D.C., making it the largest dome ever constructed using bricks and mortar. The story of its creation and its brilliant but "hot-tempered" creator is told in Ross King's delightful Brunelleschi's Dome.

Both dome and architect offer King plenty of rich material. The story of the dome goes back to 1296, when work began on the cathedral, but it was only in 1420, when Brunelleschi won a competition over his bitter rival Lorenzo Ghiberti to design the...



The Pillars of the Earth
Ken Follett
0451166892
July 1990
Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Set in 12th-century England, the narrative concerns the building of a cathedral in the fictional town of Kingsbridge. The ambitions of three men merge, conflict and collide through 40 years of social and political upheaval as internal church politics affect the progress of the cathedral and the fortunes of the protagonists. "Follett has written a novel that entertains, instructs and satisfies on a grand scale," judged PW. Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal
A radical departure from Follett's novels of international suspense and intrigue, this chronicles the vicissitudes of a prior, his master builder, and their community as they struggle to build a cathedral and protect themselves during the tumultuous 12th century, when the empress Maud...


Building an Affordable House: Trade Secrets to High-Value, Low-Cost Construction
Fernando Pages Ruiz
1561585963
December 2004
Paperback
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Log Home Living
"An insider's view of the construction biz with a ton of anecdotes that will make you smarter and save money."

ToolBase News
"One of the most comprehensive and thorough guides of its kind."

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The Owner-Builder Book: How You Can Save More than 100,000 in the Construction of Your Custom Home
Mark A. Smith
0966142888
October 2002
Paperback
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Women's Day Home Remodeling
"... the Smiths' advice covers everything about building a home ... the book is an awesome resource guide"

The Pocket Change Investor
"It's incredibly detailed, with valuable lists, charts, ideas and questionnaires, yet is easy reading ... this is must reading."

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Creating a New Old House
Russell Versaci
1561586153
Nov 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
Anyone who yearns for an older home – but is daunted by the prospect of owning one — will love this book. Through hundreds of inspiring photographs and engaging text, the author describes what gives traditional homes their enduring appeal. Versaci identifies Eight Pillars of Traditional Design that create a solid foundation for combining authentic, traditional design with livability to create homes that feel old yet live new. Featuring a vast array of new, old-house styles — from colonials to farmhouses — from all over the country, the houses illustrate the creative work of architects, builders, and craftsmen who are forging the movement toward building new homes that capture an old-home sensibility.


The Not So Big House
Sarah Susanka
1561583766
Apr 2001
Paperback
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Book Review
When describing a favorite room in the house, do you find yourself using terms such as "expansive," "formal," and "spacious"--a marble foyer or a formal dining room perhaps? Or do the words "cozy," "intimate," and "warm" come to mind--a cheery little breakfast nook or a window seat complete with plenty of pillows and a breathtaking view? More than likely, you--like thousands of other homeowners--are drawn to the more personal spaces in your home, where comfort, beauty, and efficiency meet. In The Not So Big House, respected architect Sarah Susanka and coauthor Kira Obolensky address our affinity for the "smaller, more personal spaces" and propose "clear, workable guidelines for creating homes that serve both our spiritual needs and our material requirements." The heart of the not-so-big house--which is not "just a small...


Building a PC in Easy Steps (In Easy Steps Series)
Stuart Yarnold
0760771405
May 2005
Paperback
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Creative Concrete Ornaments for the Garden
Sherri Warner Hunter
1579905854
May 2005
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Hunter introduces the fundamentals of concrete within the context of craft, familiarizing novices with the tools, equipment, mixing methods, and safety precautions used with the most common general-purpose cement, Portland Type I. She moves from a brief history to discussions of aggregates such as pea gravel and marble chips to mixing and finishing, woodworking, and metalworking. Starting with the basic mix, readers will find recipes for 21 varieties, and an initial project: casting a simple bowl. Hunter moves on to flexible molds and various core materials used to produce landscape statuary and concrete columns. The basics of cement carving are covered, as are techniques for texturing the surfaces of outdoor chairs and garden sculpture. Each of 25 projects, advancing from beginning to intermediate and advanced, is...


Concrete Countertops: Designs, Forms, and Finishes for the New Kitchen and Bath
Fu Tung Cheng
1561584843
March 2002
Paperback
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From Library Journal
At first, the idea of using concrete for kitchen countertops has the same appeal as using cardboard boxes for cabinetry or dining on the floor. Naysayers are in for a surprise as architect Cheng elevates this pedestrian building material to a new level, using it to create beautiful and functional countertops. They are a far cry from rough sidewalks, having polished surfaces that can be colored or have interesting objects cast into them. Cheng shows the entire process: design considerations, mold-making, concrete selection, installation, and maintenance, all using straightforward instructions supplemented by excellent illustrations. Showing an innovative use of a common and inexpensive material, this title should be part of comprehensive public library home improvement collections. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business...


Good House Cheap House
Kira Obolensky
1561587524
Sept 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
The 27 homes in Good House Cheap House prove that good design doesn't have to cost a fortune. What goes into making a good, cheap house? As writer Kira Obolensky discovers, there are three main ingredients: adventuresome homeowners who are actively involved; cutting-edge architects and designers who can solve tough design challenges; and an array of innovative uses of materials. Industrial bridge washers make for gorgeous mantelpiece rosettes, old concrete subflooring is given new life with rich-hued stain, and glass sliding doors make for windows that are oversized and affordable.
From a Texas farmhouse to a loft in St. Paul, to a prefab cabin on the Wisconsin prairie, these houses, in which anyone would feel at home, display a wonderful mix of design smarts and budget savvy. "Good House Cheap House...


Home by Design: Inspiration for Transforming House into Home
Sarah Susanka
1561587915
February 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
In Home by Design, Sarah Susanka presents the 30 key design concepts that can be applied to any home – no matter what the style or size. Using 28 of the best designed homes from around the country, Susanka brings these concepts to life with 150 powerful and inspirational examples: from something as simple as placing a rug under a table to renovating a whole second floor. Home by Design shows homeowners a new way to look at their spaces and provides ideas for how to make each home reach its full potential.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

SPACE
THE PROCESS OF ENTERING, SHELTER AROUND ACTIVITY, SEQUENCES OF PLACES, CEILING HEIGHT VARIETY, INTERIOR VIEWS, INSIDE OUTSIDE, CHANGES IN LEVEL, PUBLIC TO PRIVATE, OPENABILITY, ENCLOSURE, DIFFERNTIATION OF PARTS, DEPTH AND THICKNESS

LIGHT
LIGHT TO...


Home by Design: Transforming Your House into Home
Sarah Susanka
1561586188
March 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Acclaimed architect Susanka, who spawned a virtual cottage industry of home books favoring quality over quantity (The Not So Big House; Not So Big Solutions for Your Home; etc.), now turns her eye to 30 key design principles that produce a home. Seeking to capture the "elusive quality of home," Susanka uses beautiful photographs and helpful floor plans to discuss how "the interrelationships between spaces, walls and ceilings, and windows... shape our experience." It isn't the external architecture that matters, she says, but the interior. All homes provide shelter and footage; the goal is to enhance the quality of living. To do that, Susanka employs important tricks of her trade, explaining the rationale behind everything from window positioning and reflective ceilings to achieving symmetry, keeping in mind the...


Kitchens (Design is in the Details Series)
Brad Mee
1402708025
August 2003
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Mee (Design Is in the Details) has compiled photographs of kitchens to give both amateur and professional designers a variety of styles and ideas for designing this central room of the home. Concentrating on the style of kitchen design, rather than functionality, he points out the details that will create a particular look. Ranging from cabinetry to lighting to tiling, the book is not a how-to but an idea book. For large interior design collections. Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Book Description
For décor that’s nurturing, select traditional butcher-block countertops, display cookware and utensils, and grow herbs on the windowsill. Highlight its sophisticated side by discreetly...


Building Your Own Greenhouse
Mark Freeman
0811727750
Jan 1997
Paperback
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Book Description
The fundamentals of assembling a greenhouse and custom designing it to the gardener's needs, from simple cold frames to large free-standing and attached-to-the-house structures.


Building Your Own Home for Dummies (Dummies Series)
Kevin Daum
0764557092
February 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Keep construction on track with helpful checklists

Turn your dream of a custom home into reality!

Thinking about building your own home? This easy-to-follow guide shows you how to plan and build a beautiful home on any budget. From acquiring land to finding the best architect to overseeing the construction, you get lots of savvy tips on managing your new investment wisely — and staying sane during the process!

Discover how to: Find the best homesite Navigate the plan approval process Obtain financing Hire the right contractor Cut design and construction costs Avoid common mistakes

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How to build a dream house - without breaking the bank Packed with useful information, tips, and...



Tree Houses You Can Actually Build
David R. Stiles
0395892732
May 1998
Paperback
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Book Description
Tree houses capture the imagination of the child in all of us, and they have never been more popular than they are today. This inspirational yet thoroughly practical guide shows even the most inexperienced weekend carpenter how to design and build a lifetime of memories for the entire family. With more than 200,000 copies of their popular Weekend Project Books sold, David and Jeanie Stiles have become America's First Couple of do-it-yourself woodworking. In Tree Houses You Can Actually Build, they explain basic building procedures through clear, simple instructions and non-technical line drawings that illustrate every step of the project, from the earliest sketches to the final cedar shingle. The authors outline five basic designs that can be adapted to virtually any set of conditions, and throughout the book, they...


Inside the Not So Big House
Sarah Susanka
1561586811
Sept 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
In her latest book, best-selling author of The Not So Big House Sarah Susanka teams up with architectural design writer Marc Vassallo to expand upon the message that has resonated with over a million homeowners and builders across the country: opting for personalized, well-crafted, thoughtfully designed spaces over superfluous square footage results in a home that comforts and nourishes those who live there.
In Inside The Not So Big House, Susanka and Vassallo focus their lens on the tangible and sometimes intangible details that bring an otherwise ordinary home to life. Incorporating such details as dropped ceilings, built-in shelves, pocket doors, window seats, and well-placed alcoves infuses a home with the character of its owners and conveys a uniqueness that's mising in many homes built or...


Practical Stress Analysis for Design Engineers: Design and Analysis of Aerospace Vehicle Structures
Jean-Claude Flabel
0964701405
January 1997
Hardcover
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