DIY & Home Improvement Books
Published to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Farrow & Ball, this guide shows you how to use paint and paper to transform your home and the best ways of embracing the joys of home decoration.
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Highly practical, this book has tips and projects that are suitable for any home - whether big or small or situated in the city or the country.
Among the advice Joa Studholme and the team offer is help on deciding which colours work best in a north-facing room and how you can create accents with paint.
This big book from DK will help you always choose the right tool for the job. It comes with a foreword from Ron Swanson himself - woodworker and tool fan Nick Offerman.
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The information in this book will help you understand, look after and use tools effectively. It contains over 800 photographs and illustrations of tools and pays homage to centuries of craftsmanship and know-how. Looking at tools from every angle, it will help you understand the structure and manufacturing-up of so many different pieces of hardware.
From hammers and spades to chisels, this has step-by-step photography that will help you use tools like a pro.
This is a great gift book for anyone who wants to learn all the ins and outs of woodworking. It provides simple explanations for the techniques you'll need and suggestions for all the tools that are needed.
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The inspirational projects to make include a frame, a wine rack and a bookcase while there is also advice on preparing wood, making different kinds of joints, veneering, finishing techniques and working safely.
There are also photographs of the tools you need and suggestions of how to use them and take care of them.
Happy By Design is a hardback book that shows how you can improve your health and well-being by designing your living space in a simple and practical manner.
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From the happiest paint colour to the science behind getting a good night's sleep, this book is packed with affordable and easy design ideas - inspired by everyone from NASA scientists to colour gurus.
It contains fun and easy ideas for every room to make you feel happy and will help you put well-being at the heart of your home. It can even help you tidy your way to happiness!
This is a step-by-step photographic guide. Whether you want to build your own bed or put a bookshelf together, find out how to tackle your chosen woodwork task with confidence, using this step-by-step guide. Learn how to master the key woodwork techniques, from simple skills to intricate carving, following clear instructions and photographs. Find out how to use hand, power and machine tools and discover the strengths of over 100 different woods. Packed with inspirational and practical craft projects that are easy-to-follow, this is the only book to give you a complete illustrated woodworking course. It is perfect for enthusiasts who want to develop their skills and ideal for the beginner, intermediate and advanced woodworkers alike.
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This title features 25 practical projects from world renowned woodturning expert. It will appeal to novice and intermediate turners. It includes all the knowledge needed to get started, along with step-by-step instructions and detailed drawings. Build your woodturning skills and confidence with this variety of projects that take between a couple of hours and a couple of days to complete. All of the 25 projects can be undertaken using a limited amount of tools and equipment. Making use of the six basic tools - spindle roughing gouge, spindle gouge, parting tool, bowl gouge, skew chisel and scrapers - the book will introduce a couple of carving tools and a boring tool and explain why and how to use them. Each project will have a list of tools and materials required, drawings with dimensions and a panel on the wood used. Sections on safety and seasoning wood are also included. Projects include: napkin rings, rolling pin, pastry press, meat tenderizer, wall clock, and bud vase
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This is an 'everything but the kitchen sink' guide to building kitchen cabinets and making simple, but impressive kitchen upgrades from the experts at American Woodworker. It helps readers learn how to make cabinets from plywood, how to make many styles of cabinet door including popular cathedral doors, how to build and install drawers, which hardware to choose, how to make and edge laminate countertops and how to install the completed results. All the information is reader-tested, authoritative and current with contemporary workshop practices. It includes small projects such as simple kitchen upgrades, plus an appliance garage, a kitchen stool and a freestanding pantry, taken from 35 articles that have appeared in the magazine.
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Woodworking is a useful and enjoyable skill that anyone can learn. If you've ever wished you knew how to make things out of wood, this book is the perfect place to start. You'll be amazed at how simple it is to build fun and practical wooden items as you work through the easy lessons inside. Each of the woodworking projects in this book can be completed in just a few hours. Designed to teach basic woodworking skills, they require only ordinary lumber and simple hand and power tools that you may already own. Each new project builds on what you learned before, allowing you to become more self-confident as your skills increase.
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This is a new addition to the popular Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guide series, covering the essential techniques for using hand and power tools. It includes sections on safety and correct set-up. The author of The Complete Illustrated Guide to Shaping Wood, Lonnie Bird now brings us Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guide to Using Woodworking Tools. Here the reader is given a step-by-step guide that covers the essential techniques for using hand and power tools. Along with over 900 colour photographs and illustrations, sections are included on correct set-up, safe use of machines, and skilful use of hand tools.
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More than 200 timber species are described in this lavishly illustrated, compact edition of U.K. author Terry Porter's best-selling book. There are handsome colour photographs of each species, and reliable data on working properties, seasoning requirements and typical uses. A further 200 species are listed in brief, and there is a comprehensive index. Aimed squarely at the individual or small-scale user, whether professional or amateur, the book includes woods used in cabinetmaking, joinery, carpentry, turning and carving.
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California Modern showcases the work of distinguished architect Grant Kirkpatrick, who shares his passion for life in Southern California. He is a native son, and California's imprint is seen thoroughly in his work and the houses he designs, as well as his commitment to modern architecture. Through hundreds of evocative photographs, Grant reminds readers that a studied blend of craft, landscape and interior design can create a sense of place with a distinct physical and emotional presence. More than "houses," these homes are both personal sanctuaries for their residents as well as individual interpretations of the California Dream. His work has attracted a celebrity clientele including Matt Damon and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
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From the author who taught us that junk in not a four-letter word, and drawing on her years of experience as a passionate thrifter and collector, Carter highlights her favourite junking moments, revels in the thrill of the hunt and imparts many personal tips for finding treasures in flea markets, yard sales, estate sales, shops, on the web, or wherever you may find yourself. With her passion for self-expression and her personal approach to decor, Carter speaks to our desire to surround ourselves with belongings that bring beauty and meaning to our lives. Along the way, Carter interviews other designers and high-profile collectors such as Ralph Lauren, Bunny Williams, and Mike Wolfe from American Pickers revealing their favourite treasure hunts and showing us how they live with their collections. Inspiring and liberating, The Joy of Junk shows how we can integrate our passions and histories to live creatively and happily with the special and quirky objects that give our homes soul.
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This book shows the transformation of an existing apartment with problems into a new, open floor space that satisfies the needs of the owners. The book presents the transformation of this space through full colour and b & w images and drawings of the 'before and after'. A description of the project, beginning with an overview of the existing conditions and a wish list of changes, adds to the understanding of the work involved. Architects/designers, owners, builders (indeed, many members of the team involved in the construction) bring in their own experience to point out the challenges faced during the remodelling, including building code issues, structural upgrading, pipe-work changes, and the inability to fully satisfy the owners' spatial requirements. The text also explains how the improvements have increased the value of the property.
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Dale Mulfinger is widely acknowledged as the foremost expert on cabins in North America. His first book, The Cabin: Inspiration for the Classic American Getaway, has sold over 160,000 copies and has consistently been the leading book in the category since it was published in 2001. In this new collection of 37 cabins, Mulfinger rekindles his love for this treasured American icon with fresh insight and seasoned strategies for the logic, utility and beauty of cabin design. Cabins speak of modesty, shared spaces for the camaraderie of family and friends and an open, relaxed atmosphere. Many of the cabins showcased in Back to the Cabin capture this iconic spirit, where life is simple, the mudroom is entry enough for all and burning wood is for more than just charm. There are also some surprises along the way, with cabins that come packaged as kits, cabins built from recycled materials and other whimsical examples designed 'just for the fun of it.'
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Property, whether you are buying a house to live in or to let, represents an enormous financial commitment. This book, by bricks-and-mortar expert Michael Holmes, will show you how to maximise the value of your investment and will reveal the kind of home improvements that make economic sense. Authoritative and detailed text covers all major aspects of home improvement, including conservatories, loft and basement conversions, double-glazing, central heating, kitchens and bathrooms. With sound advice and clear, comprehensive charts and tables, it adds up to an indispensable handbook for any homeowner who is thinking of building on to, extending, altering or selling their property. No other book gives such sensible, practical or authoritative advice on improvements to your home that will really make a difference to the house itself and to its market value.
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After getting his start years ago on HGTV, Orlando Soria has made his way to the upper strata of the blogosphere with Hommemaker, his blog about home decor, art, style, and life. His distinctive voice-funny, confessional, and honest-has made him the Dan Savage of millennial homemaking. Now he brings together his most original, endearing, and irreverent advice in one gorgeous book that will help readers out of all kinds of tight spots-whether it's throwing a dinner party when you're broke, hanging art like a gallery owner, or preparing your home for an unwanted guest. In sections on interior style, design, "Homme Life," DIY, and general life lessons, Orlando offers advice on topics such as "How to Make Non-Garbagey Flower Arrangements" and "How to Deal with a Soul-Sucking Breakup." He helps readers problem solve, avoid rookie mistakes, and choose a wall color that won't make them puke. Photographer Zeke Ruelas's stunning images accompany Orlando's tips on designing for dudes, making your own coffee table, and decorating a kid's room. Whether you're short on cash or have money to burn, Orlando's unique and highly contagious take on life will inspire, comfort, and reassure you that anyone can Get It Together!
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Veneer can be incorporated in a variety of ways into furniture construction and other woodworking projects and encompasses a whole range of technical complexity. Everything about using veneer--from how it's made, why to use it, how to use it, and how to combine various techniques to create exciting new work--is explained and lavishly illustrated. The Craft of Veneering starts with a simple panel made from a single piece of veneer and progresses through more complex veneer assemblies like bookmatching, bent laminations, and veneering curved panels, edging, and crossbanding. At each step, all the information needed to complete the included sample projects using each of the difference methods is provided. Introduces the novice or professional woodworker to a range of veneering techniques from simple to complex that can be used to produce stunning patterns that would be impossible to achieve with solid wood. Outlines all the tools and techniques you'll need to work with veneer (including vacuum bagging and using clamps and cauls). Includes chapters on the fascinating arts of marquetry and parquetry. An illustrated appendix presents enlarged photos of 37 species of wood veneer.
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Absolutely no experience needed! Make your home smarter, safer, and more fun-and save money, too! Home automation is finally practical, useful, and easy! Now, you can control your home exactly the way you want to, without paying monthly fees. This book shows how to do it all yourself, with today's simpler, more reliable, less expensive technologies. Dennis C. Brewer first makes sure you're comfortable with wiring basics and safety, and then guides you through installing, setting up, and using today's best home automation software. Next, he walks you through several great DIY projects you can complete in just hours. Before you know it, you'll be controlling appliances, lighting, devices, home security, energy consumption, heating/cooling, and even your home entertainment center. Brewer covers phone interfaces, opportunities to expand, and even offerings from your phone and Internet service providers. When it comes to home automation, the future is here-and it works! * Pick the right products and services, without overspending * Control your home from anywhere, with Android, iPhone, iPad, or your computer * Go green, save energy, all year long * Make your home safer, more secure, and more comfortable * Overcome personal mobility challenges * Get more fun out of your TV and music system
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From the editors of domino magazine comes the essential guide to discovering your personal style at home. Since launching in 2005, domino has attracted a fiercely loyal following, which looks to the brand as the definitive source for decorating and style. The brand's first book, domino: The Book of Decorating, was an immediate bestseller upon its release and established itself as the quintessential guide to demystifying interior design. Domino: Your Guide to a Stylish Home builds on the first book with a more detailed and modern perspective on how to personalize, style, and create a home you love. Domino: Your Guide to a Stylish Home will help readers to: Identify your personal decorating style Find inspiration from hundreds of beautiful, inspiring photos of real homes Style the major and minor components of your home, from textiles to table settings to art Shop for quality pieces that will stand the test of time Learn from domino editors and tastemakers about how to style magazine-quality looks at home Your Guide to a Stylish Home will help readers achieve domino's number one goal: creating a space you love.
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A woodland craftsman's workshop should bring immense pleasure and the tools and devices that furnish it are unique to woodland work and have formed the heritage of woodland crafts that we have today. Following on from his successful book Woodland Craft, woodsman Ben Law explains what makes a good workshop, outlines the key tools needed, gives information on how to sharpen them and shows us how to make an array of fascinating devices from scratch. Projects include: peeling jig, pole lathe, woodsman's grip, cleaving brake 16 step-by-step woodland device projects Beautiful photography and illustrations A foundation book for every green woodworker to use as reference Coupled with interesting titbits of historical and practical information, this is an invaluable guide for every green woodworker.
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Many of Britain's four million Victorian and Edwardian houses were shoddily built and often require 'essential repairs'. Problems such as rising damp, timber decay, bowed roofs and subsidence are well-known, but at what point do these common problems become major defects? Forget 'makeovers': this easy-to-use manual shows where to look for danger signs, what's normal and what isn't, and how to fix common defects. Equipped with this book, you can talk the same language as builders and property professionals, and this new edition includes updated rules and regulations as well as guidance on the latest environmental issues.
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Ever since Gabrielle Stanley Blair became a parent, she's believed that a thoughtfully designed home is one of the greatest gifts we can give our families, and that the objects and decor we choose to surround ourselves with tell our family's story. In this, her first book, Blair offers a room-by-room guide to keeping things sane, organized, creative, and stylish. She provides advice on getting the most out of even the smallest spaces; simple fixes that make it easy for little ones to help out around the house; ingenious storage solutions for the never-ending stream of kid stuff; rainy-day DIY projects; and much, much more.
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This is a new addition to the popular Complete Illustrated Guide series, covering all there is to know about jigs and fixtures. It is an essential and popular element of woodworking. It includes over 800 photographs and 50 illustrations. This book, in the Complete Illustrated Guide format covers jigs and fixtures, a subject of perennial interest to woodworkers. Jigs, simply put, are devices, sometimes shop-made but now often available commercially to enable woodworkers to do something more than once. For example, some jigs are fences that ensure straight cuts or templates capable of guiding tools to create a certain shape time after time. Woodworkers love jigs and fixtures for the same reason they are drawn to woodworking: designing them is about figuring out how to do something. All woodworkers are secretly engineers and inventors, and jig design and construction is a way to indulge that need. Simple or elaborate, jigs are an essential part of woodworking. This book, authored by prominent woodworking author Sandor Nagyszalanczy, is organized according to function. This approach allows woodworkers to either build the jig exactly as shown or modify it to suit a wide variety of purposes.
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Build furniture the way your ancestors did! Do you enjoy the satisfaction of creating things entirely by hand? Immerse yourself in the world of traditional woodworking as period furniture expert Zachary Dillinger walks you through the hand-tool-only construction of six pieces of classic American furniture. From preparing stock by hand to period-correct joinery methods, you'll learn how our forefathers built furniture--and why they did things the way they did. Within these pages you'll find: * An overview of the historical development of major furniture styles from the 1960s through to the mid-19th century--and the European influences from which they evolved.* Instruction for period-correct woodworking techniques.* Six detailed furniture projects covering popular period styles.* Traditional approaches to finishing touches including insights into upholstering by renowned teacher Michael Mascelli and advice from Nancy Cogger of Londonderry Brasses for choosing period-accurate hardware.With Saw, Plane & Chisel shows you how period furniture was made, explains how furniture styles developed and in turn helps you build excellent, realistic heirloom pieces.
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