• HOW TO BUILD A SHED

    Ever dreamed of having your very own garden retreat? Somewhere you could indulge your favorite pastime, sleep under the stars, or finally achieve your ambition of working from home? Off-the-shelf sheds aren't always the answer: The cheap ones are badly made, freezing cold, and fall apart within a few years, and the expensive ones are, well, really expensive. But what if you could build your very own shed from scratch? What if you had the plans, skills, and materials to create a retreat that was as stylish and well-made as a posh shed but for a fraction of the price?

    Item: 9265

    Author: Sally Coulthard

    Format: Hardcover

  • LIVING BARNS

    By preserving barns – whether by reusing original wooden pegs or by recalling the architectural forms in contemporary design – Living Barns shows how we can reclaim a part of our country’s heritage and, at the same time, share and honor the spirit that led our ancestors to build with care and pride these unique and splendid structures. Originally published in the 1970s, this classic book has been updated with color photographs, sure to be treasured by architects and preservationists for generations to come.

    Item: 10560

    Author: Ernest Burden

    Format: Hardcover

  • MAKING BETTER BUILDINGS

    From foundation to finish, a wealth of information is available on sustainable construction methods. Entire volumes have been published on individual green and natural building techniques! But with so many different ideas from which to choose, there is no single resource that allows an owner or builder to quickly and objectively compare the merits of each system for their particular project.

    Making Better Buildings cuts through the hype and provides the unvarnished facts about the upsides and downsides of the most widely discussed materials and technologies. Drawing on the real-world experiences of designer/builders, this comparative guide systematically and comprehensively examines each approach in terms of:

    • Cost, sourcing, labor intensity, and ease of construction
    • Energy efficiency, embodied energy and environmental impacts
    • Availability/accessibility
    • Viable applications and future potential

    Each chapter is rounded out by a chart that summarizes the material in a quick and accessible manner.

    Whether you are an owner preparing to build a green or natural home, or a conventional contractor determined to integrate sustainable alternatives into your existing construction practices, this up-to-the minute resource will help you make the best decisions for your project, while meeting your energy, efficiency, budgetary and site-specific needs.

    Item: 7048

    Author: Chris Magwood

    Format: Paperback

  • MICRO LIVING

    Detailed photography and a floor plan for each structure highlight inventive space-saving design features along with the nuts-and-bolts details of heating, cooling, electric, and plumbing systems. The real-life stories of residents impart the pleasures, as well as the challenges, of day-to-day living. With tips on what to consider before you build, along with framing plans for a prototype small cabin, Micro Living is the perfect starter handbook for both dreamers and doers.

    Item: 9269

    Author: Derel "Deek" Diedricksen

    Format: Paperback

  • MICROSHELTERS

    Created by a wide array of builders and designers around the United States and beyond, these 59 unique and innovative structures show you the limits of what is possible. Each is displayed in full-color photographs accompanied by commentary by author Derek “Deek”Diedricksen . In addition, Diedricksen includes six sets of building plans by leading designers to help you get started on a microshelter of your own. You’ll also find guidelines on building with recycled and salvaged materials, plus techniques for making your small space comfortable and easy to inhabit.

    Item: 7812

    Author: Derek "Deek" Diedricksen

    Format: Paperback

  • MUDGIRLS MANIFESTO: HANDBUILT HOMES, HANDCRAFTED LIVES

    On North America's West Coast, there's a group of rebel women who 10 years ago chose to break free from a rigged economic and social system. They didn't take to the streets to lobby banks and governments to change their ways – they didn't have time for that. They had babies to feed and house. They reckoned that if nobody else was going to change the rules to support basic human needs and respect the biosphere, then we were all free to make our own rules.

    They chose action. They decided to teach themselves how to build houses using the most abundant material on earth – mud. They'd learn by building, gathering skills and allies. They'd have fun, sharing whatever they learned with whoever wanted to come along for the ride. The Mudgirls revolution was born.

    Item: 8922

    Author: MOLLY MURPHY & CLARE KENNY

    Format: Paperback

  • PLAY STRUCTURES & BACKYARD FUN

    Thrill your kids and keep them physically active with the projects in Play Structures & Backyard Fun, offering start-to-finish DIY instructions for building the most popular play sets, games, and backyard structures.

    The only outdoor kids' project book that features complete step-by-step plans and color photos, this easy-to-use guide shows you exactly how to do the job. And a thorough section on building kids' projects safely will ensure you are doing it right. The customizable projects cover a range of DIY skill levels, from beginner to advanced intermediate.

    Just a few of the entertaining projects:

    • Sand boxes
    • Jungle gyms
    • Tree swing
    • Playhouses
    • Swing sets
    • Skateboard ramp

    Build some of these play structures and provide countless hours of outdoor entertainment for your kids.

    Item: 10367

    Format: Paperback

  • SHEDS THE DO-IT-YOURSELF GUIDE FOR BACKYARD BUILDERS 4TH EDITION

    The fourth edition of this classic guide is expanded and updated to include 23 sheds to suit all needs and tastes. It covers all of the issues, from design principles, obtaining permits and safety to basic construction skills, precise explanations of what to buy, how to cut it, where it goes, what to do if it goes wrong and more.

    Item: 10905

    Author: David Stiles

    Format: Paperback

  • SMALL HOMES: THE RIGHT SIZE

    This book features homes that are larger than “tiny,” but smaller than the national average. Small homes are less expensive, use less resources, are more efficient to heat and cool, and cheaper to maintain and repair. The homes here (some 65 of them) vary from unique and artistic to simple and low-cost. Some are plain, ordinary buildings that provide owners shelter at a reasonable cost, and some are inspiring examples of design, carpentry, craftsmanship, imagination, creativity, and homemaking.

    This book represents a logical step for Shelter Publications, after their two previous books on tiny homes. (By way of comparison, homes in their Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter, averaged 200 to 300 square feet.)

    Item: 8242

    Author: Lloyd Kahn

    Format: Paperback

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