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Reader's Digest
0895779390
Mar 1997
Hardcover
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Book Review
"Voluntary simplicity" has become a catch phrase for what seems to be a yearning for a simpler, more self-sufficient and economical way of living in the late 20th century. This book, first published in 1981 and recently updated, was probably many folks' first in-depth exposure to the idea of a simpler life, making things by hand, and enjoying a stronger sense of control over personal budgets, home projects, and lifestyles. Hundreds of projects are listed, illustrated in step-by-step diagrams and instructions: growing and preserving your own food, converting trees to lumber and building a home from it, traditional crafts and homesteading skills, and having fun with recreational activities like camping, fishing, and folk dancing without spending a lot of money. This book will have you dreaming and planning from the...


Everything and the Kitchen Sink: Remodel Your Kitchen without Losing Mind
Janice Anne Costa
0740750194
April 2005
Paperback
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Christy Hobart, LA Times. 5/25/05
"The cheerful attitude of these authors makes even the less cheerful aspects of kitchen remodeling a little easier to swallow."

Orlando Sentinel, Rebecca Swain Vadnie
"Costa and Manning have plenty of helpful hints for renovating."

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Concrete Countertops
Fu-Tung Cheng
1561584843
Mar 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...


Remodeling a Basement: Taunton's Build like a Pro: Expert Advice from Start to Finish
Roger German
1561586595
April 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Finishing a basement is one of the fastest and most cost-effective ways to increase living space in a home. This book helps readers visualize the vast possibilities that exist for this challenging space, and go about the remodeling process in an organized and efficient way. Roger German, a basement remodeling pro, covers every step, from the physically demanding "dirty work" to the rewarding finishing touches. He shows how to deal with a basement's special challenges, such as moisture problems and framing against concrete floors and walls, and gives instructions on pumping water up and out from basement baths and laundry rooms.


Dare to Repair
Julie Sussman
0060959843
Sept 2002
Bargain - Paperback
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Book Review
Whether you identify with riot grrrls or Rosie the Riveter, you'll love the tackle-it-yourself empowerment style of Dare to Repair. Covering simple tasks like unclogging bathroom sinks and switching directions on a ceiling fan along with more intimidating projects such as patching holes in drywall or creating a circuit map, this no-nonsense guide will walk you through those simple steps of maintaining, and perhaps even improving, your home. Forget about Martha and her hot-glue-gun projects--this is about drain snakes, electrical tape, and the kind of screwdrivers you can't order from a bartender.

Authors Julie Sussman and Stephanie Glakas-Tenet mix goofy "Your fridge is running? Better catch it!" jokes with a very matter-of-fact tone that assumes from the start you're woman enough for the job. Sections are arranged by...



Renovation: A Complete Guide
Michael W. Litchfield
1561585882
September 2005
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
These are hefty works from two veteran home remodeling/renovation writers. Renovation: A Complete Guide was first published in 1982 ( LJ 10/15/82), about the same time Litchfield started Fine Homebuilding magazine. The first edition was comprehensive, clearly written, and soon became a standard. The differences in this volume are matters of refinement rather than large-scale revamping. Some topics (roofing, the case histories, ceramic tiling, and security) have been noticeably expanded, but others (assessment and planning, tools, demolition, structural carpentry, plumbing and wiring, and finish work) have been only modestly revised. This remains one of the essential guides to renovation; any library lacking the earlier edition (or having a well-worn copy) will want it. Wing has written several how-to manuals,...


Green Remodeling: Changing the World One Room at a Time
David Johnston
0865714983
September 2004
Paperback
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Book Description

Whether because of changing lifestyles or simply because houses are becoming outdated, millions of North Americans are renovating their homes every year, spending more money annually on renovation than on new-home construction. But renovations can be fraught with unintended consequences like indoor air pollution. How do you remodel in a healthy, environmentally friendly way?

Green Remodeling is a comprehensive guide. It first points out the advantages of remodeling. Buildings are responsible for 40% of worldwide energy flow and material use; so how you remodel can make a difference. Upgrading furnaces, cabinets and toilets means less fossil fuel pollution, reduced resource depletion and fewer health risks. Green remodeling is more energy-efficient, more resource-conserving, healthier for occupants and...



The New Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair
Staff of Black & Decker
1589231813
September 2004
Hardcover
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Book Review
Got a problem with grout? Open The Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair (to page 98) and watch your tiling worries dissolve before the simple beauty of photography. Black & Decker has anticipated your every question and problem with interior, exterior, and home systems repairs, and detailed the solutions in just over 500 pages. In no other human endeavor is a visual guide so important as home repair (well, maybe brain surgery), so this is a crucial aid to the handyperson. Easy-to-find sections on floors, insulation, roofing, chimneys, water heaters, wall switches, air conditioning, and much more are well-designed, brilliantly illustrated, and carefully outlined with step-by-step instructions from masters. The photos in particular are extremely valuable, offering many different views (sometimes even exploded) of the operation...


Home Improvement 1-2-3
Home Depot
0696213273
Mar 2003
(Hardcover) - Revised Ed.
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Book Description
The first edition of Home Improvement 1-2-3 quickly became a workbench classic. The new edition—with 340 projects, 3,500 color photographs, and more than 100 illustrations, charts, and graphs—offers up-to-the-minute solutions for homeowners tackling home repair, maintenance, and improvement. Chapters cover painting, wallpaper, plumbing, electrical system, walls and ceilings, flooring, doors, windows, cabinets, shelves, countertops, insulation, weatherproofing, exterior maintenance, heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning. Clear, concise instructions accompanied by detailed how-to photographs ensure your success no matter what your skill level. Every project offers tips, shortcuts and advice on buying and using tools and materials, working safely, avoiding common mistakes, saving time and money, and...


What the Experts May Not Tell You About Building or Renovating Your Home
Amy Johnston
044669083X
March 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Creating a dream house shouldn’t be a nightmare, but you've all heard the horror stories. Hiring a contractor is an enormous investment and a high-risk endeavor involving decisions that will last a lifetime. This book is a practical survival guide for anyone trying to make it through the construction, expansion or renovation of their home while keeping their dreams, budget and sanity intact. With wit and expertise Johnston reveals the secret pitfalls that can trip up even the most careful homeowners, while equipping them with information and strategies they cannot find elsewhere. Chapters include detailed coverage of critical topics: design, selecting and supervising an architect or contractor, cost estimates, budgets, plans and specifications, contracts, dealing with town officials, as well as methods to keep...


Pottery Barn Kids
Clay Ide
0848730569
Nov 2005
Hardcover
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Creating Your Perfect Quilting Space: Sewing-Room Makeovers for Any Space and Any Budget
Lois L. Hallock
1564775690
November 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Say good-bye to that jumble of tools, muddle of magazines, and forest of fabric! Systemize your cluttered space with an expert’s ideas on planning a functional and beautiful home quilting studio—a place where creativity wins over chaos. · Create the quilt studio of your dreams with dozens of ideas for making your time more enjoyable and efficient · View before-and-after photos of real-life makeovers for small, medium, and large spaces—all on a range of budgets · Find fantastic storage solutions for fabric, scraps, patterns, books, tools, and more

About the Author
Home: Snohomish, Washington (near Seattle) Lois L. Hallock is a quilter and professional organizer, with a specialty in maximizing efficiency. This is her first book.


Complete Idiot's Guide to Solar Power for Your Home
Dan Ramsey
0028643933
Aug 2002
Paperback
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Fix It and Flip It: How to Make Money Rehabbing Real Estate for Profit
Gene Hamilton
0071421483
November 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Buying, improving, and reselling single-family homes for profit Countless investors and do-it-yourselfers are eager to profit from buying, improving, and reselling homes. In Fix It and Flip It, two of America's leading home improvement authorities provide expert advice on how to maximize profit and minimize turnaround time on any remodeling-and-resale project. Featuring unique, step-by-step project time lines for three types of investment properties, this comprehensive "fixer-upper" guide covers everything from the day-to-day workload to tips on tax issues, financing, and more. Katie and Gene Hamilton present guidelines for choosing an investment property, leveraging investment dollars, and finding investment money. Readers will find clear explanations of the rehabbing-for-profitprocess and learn how to...


Home Maintenance for Dummies.
Morris Carey
0764552155
Jan 2000
Paperback
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Book Description
Having a house can be a hassle. But thanks to timesaving, trouble-preventing strategies from these nationally recognized experts, now anyone can keep his or her palace in regal repair and have plenty of time left over for the fox hunts. This friendly book covers everything from plumbing to painting, with handy calendars to ensure nothing falls through the cracks -- including the cracks!

From the Publisher
In Home Maintenance For Dummies, readers will find out how to prevent costly repairs and safety hazards with handy calendars and checklists that will ensure nothing falls through the cracks -- including the cracks! Home Maintenance For Dummies covers everything from plumbing to painting with special tips on preparing for freezing winter conditions and sizzling...


Kitchens for the Rest of Us: From the Kitchen You Have to the Kitchen You Love
Peter Lemos
1561587591
November 2005
Hardcover
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Review
"Peter Lemos shows us how creativity and design smarts can transform our kitchens. A 'must' for your decorating bookshelf."
--Chris Madden, designer, author, and home design expert

Book Description
Real kitchens for real people.
Most of us think "break the bank" when we hear "kitchen remodel." But as Peter Lemos, former editor of Home magazine proves in Kitchens for the Rest of Us, it is possible to make over a ho-hum kitchen into the cooking center of your dreams. In this inspiring and practical guide, Lemos walks readers through 20 challenging kitchen remodels all modest in size and budget. Using a template of 5 basic steps, from taking stock to finding your style, to working with pros, to defining your space, to making it happen, Lemos shows how homeowners made...


Affair with a House: Creating a Comfortable Country Home
Bunny Williams
1584794704
January 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
For 28 years the world-renowned interior designer Bunny Williams has been involved in a passionate love affair with an18th-century New England manor house that she found in sad repair. From the moment she walked up the driveway and her palms began to perspire, Williams knew she wanted the affair to last forever. In her sumptuous new book, An Affair with a House, the venerable decorator describes in detail how she and her husband, antiques dealer John Rosselli, rescued, nurtured, renovated, and decorated the well-worn house, giving it new life as they restored each room, resurrected the abandoned gardens, and filled this weekend home with family and friends. Through photographs, anecdotes, how-tos, and recipes, Williams provides a rare inside look at a top decorator's retreat and explains how she approached the joys,...

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