Home & Garden

DIY & Home Improvement Books

  • FBHD
    Farrow & Ball
    • £12.99
    • RRP £30.00
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    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.

    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.
  • CCDM
    Albert Jackson
    • £11.99
    • RRP £30.00
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    Having sold over 3 million copies, Collins Complete DIY Manual is a comprehensive and authoritative book that will come in handy for DIY novices, enthusiasts and professionals.

    This latest edition provides up-to-date and in-depth information on tasks including decorating, repairs, electricity and plumbing. With illustrations and photographs to help you get each job performed safely and quickly, the book also covers recent changes to regulations and explains how you can work within them.

    There is even new material about how you can use energy-saving DIY methods and save money while making your next home improvements.
  • URBN
    Max Bainbridge
    • £5.99
    • RRP £16.99
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    Max Bainbridge's The Urban Woodsman is a hardback book that shows how you can work with wood to make bespoke cutlery including spoons, bowls and boards.

    Max will show you where to source local timber from (without having to pay much at all) and then explains the tools you'll need and the cutting techniques you should learn to make them. He also reveals the ways to achieve the perfect finish.

    Wood you believe it? This book is ideal for both novices and experienced carvers and will show you how to make some stunning contemporary homeware.
  • HDYW
    • £3.99
    • RRP £9.99
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    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.

    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.
  • SPLH
    Bridget Bodoano
    • £3.99
    • RRP £8.99
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    Change your life for the better with the time-saving tidying tips and cleaning cheats featured in A Spotless Home.

    With eye-catching illustrations throughout, this little book will become your cleaning bible. It will show you how to do everything from regular home maintenance to emergency fixes and how you can enjoy living in a decluttered home - saving money in the process.

    Full of quick cleaning tricks, the book will improve your living environment and also offers alternative cleaning solutions. Perfect for neat freaks and those who need a helping hand when it comes to doing chores!
  • HTMS
    Sally Hornsey
    • £2.99
    • RRP £14.99
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    Using traditional methods that incorporate both moisturising oils and butters, How to Make Your Own Soap presents readers with a wealth of soap recipes - in traditional bars, liquid or cream form.

    Including step-by-step instructions, stunning photographs and even packaging ideas for gifting your new creations to friends and family, the book teaches how to make soaps from scratch using natural products rather than purchasing commercial alternatives.

    A creative and health-promoting hobby, soap making is a hot new trend amongst hobbyists that shows no signs of slowing.
  • ALKON
    • £19.79
    • RRP £25.00
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    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.
  • AKYDQ
    Mark Baker
    • £15.09
    • RRP £16.99
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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
  • AGENG
    Thomas Haapapuro
    • £10.39
    • RRP £12.99
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    Written specifically for the woodworker seeking new adventures in the world of wood. Awaken your modern design aesthetic with 21 striking contemporary designs for the home. The fusion of nature's elegant shapes and modern architecture's bold symmetry yields a dynamic and engaging collection of designs for scroll saw woodworking. Patterns, easy-to-understand instructions and step-by-step photography make crafting these projects attainable, no matter your skill level. Perfect for beginners looking to progress their scroll saw abilities with interesting and compelling projects; learn the ropes of scroll sawing with seven step-by-step photo-illustrated instructional projects. Advanced woodworkers can master joinery, 3D cutting and inlay with advanced projects such as Nesting Boxes, the Zigzag Business Card Holder and the Flower Abstraction Wall Mirror.
  • AMJBW
    • £22.39
    • RRP £23.99
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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.
  • ADTYD
    Terry Porter
    • £16.89
    • RRP £16.99
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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.
  • AULCC
    Francesc Zamora
    • £24.00
    • RRP £30.00
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    Architectural remodels that involve extensions and additions expand the usable size of a home and boost its value. An undersized home and the need for upgrading non-functional amenities are motivating factors aimed at transforming a home into a perfect fit for one's lifestyle, taste and budget. The combination of additional space and the implementation of interesting architectural details that use the new alongside the old often appears as a compelling alternative to the seamless home where lines between original structure and addition - or expansion - are impossible to discern.
  • BDGKQ
    Dale Mulfinger
    • £24.00
    • RRP £30.00
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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.'
  • BHJQO
    Julian Cassell
    • £24.00
    • RRP £30.00
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    New edition of the DIY manual you can't afford to be without - expert know-how with step-by-step show-how for success every time! Whether you need to do a quick fix or a large DIY project, find out how to tackle any DIY task with confidence following this revised and updated step-by-step guide. From fitting a shower cubicle to applying different painting techniques, the simple, clear, un-intimidating instructions ensure even hard jobs are made easy whatever your level of ability. Every step is presented sequentially and photographically, breaking down each stage of a DIY job, from choosing tools to performing tasks to simple fixes for common problems. A helpful overview keeps you on track by showing you the entire sequence of events from start to finish. Plus, new eco-friendly options will help you DIY the green way.
  • BIROK
    Michael Holmes
    • £24.00
    • RRP £30.00
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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.
  • BKGHF
    Christopher Schwarz
    • £22.39
    • RRP £27.99
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    Everything you need to use your handplanes! No woodworking tool is more satisfying, quick and precise to use than a handplane. Planes can process timber in its rough state, bring boards up to a glimmering smoothness, cut rabbets, dados, grooves and other joints, and trim wood with a precision that has yet to be matched by power tools. Yet many woodworkers--both beginners and professionals--are intimidated by handplanes. This book is here to set the record straight. Handplane Essentials contains everything you need to choose the right plane for your project (and for your budget), sharpen it and use it successfully. Compiled from more than 15 years of the author's writings on the subject of handplanes in magazines, trade journals and blogs, this book is an indispensable guide for woodworkers. This revised edition includes 14 new articles as well as new and updated tool reviews.
  • AHYVF
    Tom Fidgen
    • £20.79
    • RRP £25.99
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    Woodworker Tom Fidgen is very well known in the online woodworking community and his first book, Made by Hand, was critically acclaimed. In his second book, Fidgen presents more hand-tool woodworking projects for the home and workshop. The projects have a distinctive retro look, recycling designs from our not-so-distant past: His gentleman's valet is an elegant clothing stand with a profile that harks back to the days of high style and quality wares. Fidgen also discusses the benefits of working in an unplugged woodshop, considers the sources of design inspiration, offers advice on glues and finishes, and even explains how to make hand tools using only hand tools.
  • AIIEK
    Dennis C. Brewer
    • £18.89
    • RRP £23.99
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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
  • BBSUE
    Rupert Newman
    • £19.99
    • RRP £24.99
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    Oak-framed buildings are beautiful, durable and environmentally friendly. This is a practical book on the technique of timber-frame construction for carpenters, builders and aspiring self-builders, but it will also be a source of inspiration to anyone who appreciates beautiful buildings. Full-colour photographs show projects by the author and others both complete and under construction, and structural details are clearly explained both in photographs and in three-dimensional drawings. Substantial revisions bring the book fully up to date and in line with current building technology. A brief history of timber framing: Starting off; Designing frames; Structural qualities of oak; Making frames; Raising frames; The building envelope; and Finishing details.
  • AWDJI
    Editors of Domino
    • £20.00
    • RRP £25.00
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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.
  • BJBZW
    Roger Hunt
    • £20.00
    • RRP £25.00
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    Here, for the first time, is a completely authoritative guide on how to look after your old house - whether it's a timber framed medieval cottage, an eighteenth century urban terrace or an example of Victorian or Edwardian speculative development. Taking their lead from the conservation approach of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (who have approved and authorised this volume), the approach is one of respect, restraint and repair rather than 'restoration' which can so easily and permanently destroy the rich historical legacy of any old building. This book provides richly and deeply informed practical guidance, with sections including: * Breathability and Damp * Structural Movement * Roofs * Timber and Carpentry * Windows Doors and joinery. It will be essential reading for anyone with an old house in need of any kind of repair or maintenance. 'For any of us working on or living in old buildings, this brilliant and properly illustrated volume is the manual we've been waiting for. Thank you SPAB.' Kevin McCloud, Presenter of Grand Designs, Channel 4
  • ANGAZ
    Ian Rock
    • £20.19
    • RRP £25.00
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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.
  • BBUGF
    • £19.19
    • RRP £23.99
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    This is the latest in the popular Complete Illustrated Guides series, providing comprehensive instruction for sharpening tools. It covers a range of equipment from hand to power tools. It includes over 700 colour photographs for reference. As a toolmaker, Tom Lie-Nielsen brings a special perspective to the subject of sharpening. In this must-have reference, the author covers all types of sharpening equipment and methods of sharpening hand tools. Over 700 colour photographs and illustrations are included, along with information on sharpening power tool blades and bits.
  • BBUBL
    • £19.19
    • RRP £23.99
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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.