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In the second edition of Building Your Home: An Insider's Guide, customer service expert Carol Smith shows you how to work with your builder to create the home of your dreams. This guide is a must-have for anyone planning to build a high-quality home. With this comprehensive, step-by-step book, you can avoid common mistakes in the home building process and choose a qualified builder, establish your budget and secure financing, select the location, benefits, and features of your new home, participate effectively in the design and building process, prepare for home owner orientation, closing, and moving in, create a home maintenance plan, communicate with your builder on warranty service.
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
Tells how two regular guys built the Home Depot stores into the mega-business they are today.
A bungalow is now understood to be a single story home but that definition is a modern one and when introduced to Britain in the late 1860s the bungalow concept implied much more. Its origins lay in India where the native dwelling of Bengal was appropriated by colonial officials. On its transfer to the Kent coast the bungalow became a new type of holiday home for the upper middle classes complete with veranda and servants quarters. Crucially, these first Western examples attracted artistic inhabitants setting the tone for the bungalow as a Bohemian escape well into the twentieth century. This book concentrates on British bungalow construction up to the Second World War, exploring the special appeal of this new housing type in the days before it became ubiquitous. From architect- planned developments to more make-shift models built from redundant railway carriages, the book reveals how early bungalows looked inside and out, drawing out the social history of the "weekender" lifestyle they were created to serve. It also looks at the use of the bungalow name which at the peak of its popularity was applied to hotels, cafes and beach huts as well as domestic products such as electric fires and hot water bottles.
Burmese design, heavily influenced by its proximity to China and India, is a many-layered thing, interwoven with spiritual, religious and political messages. Burmese Design & Architecture takes an in-depth look at the entire span of Burmese design, from arts and crafts to both religious and secular architecture. With over 500 full-color photographs and expert insights provided by leading archaeological authorities, this is a must-have for serious connoisseurs of architecture, design or Burma itself.
In this love story of land and family, Kayann Short explores her farm roots from her grandparents' North Dakota homesteads to her own Stonebridge Farm, an organic, community-supported farm on the Colorado Front Range where small-scale, local agriculture borrows lessons of the past to cultivate sustainable communities for the future."A Bushel's Worth is my favorite kind of nonfiction. Not only is it about many topics close to my heart-gardening, food, family-it is a beautifully told story, and a love story at that, centered around the love of a couple, their love for the land, and a community's love for a way of life. This book forever changed my perspective and awareness as I 'walk out' in my own garden."--Katrina Kittle, author, The Blessings of the Animals"A heartfelt meditation on farm, food, and family. A Bushel's Worth tells a love story of the land and a life spent caring for it."-Hannah Nordhaus, author, The Beekeeper's Lament: How One Man and Half a Billion Honeybees Help Feed America"Kayann Short shares a passionate and often lyrical account of how she and her husband John took their first brave steps toward revitalizing a small Colorado farm and with it their lives and the community they drew around them. This is a book about how agriculture continues to create culture when it is practiced with generosity, creativity and attention. It is an inspiring story, a gift for all of us, both on and off the farm, who are trying to learn how to slow down our frenzied lives so that we may give ourselves to what really matters."-Gregory Spaid, author, Grace: Photographs of Rural America"With a companionable mix of literary and earthy sensibilities, Kayann Short writes with graceful, ferocious attentiveness [and] finds reassurance for herself and her modern family in "the old wisdom of the fields."-John Calderazzo, author, Rising Fire: Volcanoes & Our Inner Lives"[A] beautifully written and sensually rich 'ecobiography' of farm life...A Bushel's Worth is a loving natural history - of a farm, a marriage, and a way of life that has changed interestingly and dramatically over just a few generations."-Jane Shellenberger, author, Organic Gardener's Companion: Growing Vegetables in the West"The book is a substantial meal...as much about growing community as it is about growing food, and it leaves the reader with a generous bushel of instruction and inspiration on both counts."-Susan Becker, Director, Boulder Public Library Oral History Program"A Bushel's Worth: An Ecobiography eloquently depicts humans and nature coexisting and mutually benefiting not only in theory, but in actuality...where people treat each other respectfully as they gently work on and with the land."-Shelly Eberly, National Outings Leader, Sierra Club
The modern appeal of "do-it-yourself" projects has a broader reach than ever. And who better to teach us how to DIY our lives than the über-crafty editors of BUST, the quirky, raw, and real magazine "for women who have something to get off their chests"? In The BUST DIY Guide to Life, magazine founders Debbie Stoller (of Stitch 'n Bitch fame) and Laurie Henzel have culled more than 250 of the best DIY and craft projects from its 15-year history. Organized by category--beauty and health, fashion, food and entertaining, career, finance, travel, and sex--and written in BUST's trademark brazen and witty style, this quintessential DIY encyclopedia from the quintessential DIY magazine is eclectic, empowering, hilarious, and downright practical, truly capturing the spirit of women today.
Host a dinner party * Make a bed * Set a table * Use the proper fork * Polish silver * Prepare high tea * Present a calling card * Make conversation * Fold a shirt ... all with the charm, ease and sophistication of a butler. In a clear, straightforward style, Charles MacPherson lays out the essentials of entertaining and household management in this beautifully illustrated style, etiquette and entertainment guide. For anyone who rents or owns--be it a small urban condo or a lavish country estate--The Butler Speaks includes everything you need to know to simplify, organize and care for your home. It also offers modern advice on personal style and etiquette--how to receive guests; present your business card; make polite dinner conversation-- and advice on entertaining at home--how to make a cheese plate; hold your cutlery; set a table--all with the flair, charm and unpretentious grace of the butler.
Button It Up: 80 Amazing Vintage Button Projects for Necklaces, Bracelets, Embellishments, Housewares and Moreby Susan Beal
Brilliant ideas of making jewelry out of buttons. Provides techniques of how to do it by yourself.
Financial services professional Craig Venezia guides readers through the process of buying a second home, sharing a wealth of practical, money-saving tips along the way. A sampling of topics includes budgeting for a second home, working with real estate agents, buying directly from the seller, finding alternative financing, and being a landlord. A number of forms and checklists are found in the appendix as well as on the accompanying CD-ROM. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Written for both beginners and experienced collectors, this guide provides descriptions of some of the more prized antiques and collectibles, and explains how to find them and how to resell them. The Binghams offer insiders' tips on cleaning and repair, auction strategies, how to set up displays and how to find the best markets for your wares.Buying & Selling Antiques and Collectibles is the indispensable guide for those who plan to start their own antiques business or who hope to make a little money from their hobby
A textbook for advanced woodworking students and also for anyone interested in the fundamentals of materials, tools, machines, and processes used in the building of cabinets and interiors, the production of furniture, and the other work of the finish carpenter, cabinetmaker, and millwright. The book can be used effectively in the upper levels of the senior high school, in vocational and technical schools, and in colleges.
The California Master Gardener Handbook is a resource manual useful for Master Gardeners throughout the state. It serves as a reference tool after the formal Master Gardening training program. It is particularly designed to provide participants with extensive knowledge on horticulture and other related UCCE disciplines.
This is the first month-by-month guide to gardening with native plants in a state that follows a unique, nontraditional seasonal rhythm. Beginning in October, when much of California leaves the dry season behind and prepares for its own green "spring," Helen Popper provides detailed, calendar-based information for both beginning and experienced native gardeners. Each month's chapter lists gardening tasks, including repeated tasks and those specific to each season. Popper offers planting and design ideas, and explains core gardening techniques such as pruning, mulching and propagating. She tells how to use native plants in traditional garden styles, including Japanese, herb, and formal gardens, and recommends places for viewing natives. An essential year-round companion, this beautifully written and illustrated book nurtures the twin delights of seeing wild plants in the garden and garden plants in the wild.
California renters will find up-to-date information on their legal rights and ways to pursue them in this guide by attorneys Portman and Brown. After an overview of general considerations, chapters address issues in: looking for and renting a place, sharing a home, rent, discrimination, right to privacy from landlords, repairs and maintenance, alterations and satellite dishes, injuries and crime on the premises, environmental hazards, breaking a lease and subleasing, security deposits and last month's rent, evictions, tenant organizing, renter's insurance, and condominium conversion. The appendix contains forms to use while renting, while fighting an eviction, or after losing a fight against an eviction. Advice includes conditions under which legal help is advised. All information is specific to California law. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Robert Riley has been a renowned figure in landscape studies for over fifty years, valued for his perceptive, learned, and highly entertaining articles, reviews, and essays. Much of Riley's work originally ran in Landscape, the pioneering magazine at which Riley succeeded the great geographer J. B. Jackson as editor. The Camaro in the Pasture is the first book to collect this compelling author's writing. With diverse topics ranging from science-fiction fantasies to problems of academic design research, the essays in this volume cover an entire half-century of Riley's observations on the American landscape. The essays--several of which are new or previously unpublished--interpret changing rationales for urban beautification, the evolution and transformation of the strip, the development of a global landscape of golf and resorts replacing an older search for exoticism, and the vernacular landscape as wallpaper rather than quilt. Ultimately, Riley envisions our future landscape as a rapidly fluctuating electronic net draped over the more slowly changing and familiar land- and building-based system. Throughout, Riley emphasizes the vernacular landscape of contemporary America--how we have shaped and use it, what it is becoming, and, above all, how we experience it.
Celebrate The EverydayInfused with the youthful spirit of popular lifestyle blogger and event stylist Camille Styles, this lush how-to for entertaining features fresh, inspirational party ideas for every season. Camille Styles Entertaining is your guide--brimming with creative hors d'oeuvres and cocktail recipes, floral design tips, and inspiring table designs--to the simple details and creative shortcuts that make everyday moments feel special. Thoughout, Camille shares inspiration from her own gatherings with friends and family, from an at-home pizza grilling night to a colorful fiesta dinner party.Filled with dozens of delicious recipes, approachable DIY projects, and tried-and-true tips for staying stress-free, this beautiful book will inspire you to celebrate everyday moments in a fun, natural, and creative way. helps you celebrate major holidays, milestones, and even everyday moments in a fun, stylish, and creative way.Each gathering featured in this gorgeously designed and photographed entertaining guide draws inspiration from up-and-coming trends and Camille's own experiences. In addition to creative hors d'oeuvres and cocktail ideas, floral design tips and inspiring table designs, here are parties for: Fall Celebrations: Picnic at the Farm, Thanksgiving Dinner Winter Celebrations: At-Home Game Night, Holiday Cookie Swap Spring Celebrations: Springtime Brunch, Fiesta Dinner Party Summer Celebrations: Mediterranean Anniversary Dinner, Grilled Pizza PartyWith Camille Styles Entertaining, you can transform a "normal" day into a fun gathering, engage the senses with beauty, and create unforgettable memories with family and friends.
Most recipes involve three easy steps and make four servings. Flash Roasted Crispy Ranch Chicken--oh, so good! Polynesian Pork Chops--mmmm! Buffalo-Style Burgers--I think you are getting the picture: just reading this book will make you hungry. And, teens, when it is your turn to cook, you can't go wrong with the recipes and serving suggestions in this book.
Have you ever wanted to . . . Bottle your own soda? Press your own tofu? Smoke your own cheese? Boil your own bagels? Ferment your own miso? Can your own tomatoes? Roast your own coffee? Can It, Bottle It, Smoke It walks you through a slew of satisfying culinary projects to stock your larder and shower your friends with artisan foods and drinks, kitchen staples, and utterly addictive snacks. Karen Solomon--veteran food writer, kitchen explorer, and author of Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It--brings forth a new collection of 75-plus recipes for condiments (Plum Catsup), cereals (Cornflakes), crunchy snacks (Tortilla Chips), beverages (Soy Milk), and more. Whether you're a beginning or seasoned home cook, you'll be inspired to pump up the power of your pantry. With detailed instruction on essential techniques, time commitments for each project (from 20 minutes to 2 hours to a weekend), and labeling and wrapping tips, Can It, Bottle It, Smoke It will help you get creative in the kitchen. So leave the grocery aisle's mass-produced packaging and mystery ingredients behind and join the urban homesteading revolution as you whip up a bevy of jars, bottles, and bags full of outstanding hand-labeled eats.From the Hardcover edition.
Written in her approachable and authoritative voice, Candice Olson Bedrooms features 25 stunning room makeovers, with gorgeous room sketches and design boards that show you how each design took shape. More than 200 full-color before-and-after photos provide a wealth of visual inspiration, while Candice's tips and insights into what makes each space work will give you practical knowledge for planning your own bedroom redo. Candice's media outreach is extensive: her TV shows Divine Design and Candice Tells All, both of which air on HGTV in the U.S. and on W Network in Canada, are incredibly popular. Her first book, Candice Olson on Design, has sold over 210,00 copies; her second, Candice Olson Kitchens & Baths, sold over 72,000 copies in its first year. Most homeowners must work with the spaces they have, and redecorating a bedroom is typically far less expensive than redoing a kitchen or bathroom Candice's dreamy designs will inspire you to bring big style to your master suites and guest quarters alike through smart choices in color, texture, lighting, furnishings, accessories, and storage.
When you can't move, you improve, and no one can help homeowners improve elegantly better than Candice Olson. Featuring two dozen gorgeous before-and-after room makeovers, Candice shows how to create grown-up living rooms and dining rooms that are both beautiful and practical enough for daily use. Even dark and tired basements become warm and inviting spaces for entertaining when Candice works her magic on them. The designs are inspirational but attainable, and Candice's explanations of how each room took shape give readers lots of concrete tips and advice, regardless of budget. Each makeover includes Candice's crystal-clear room sketches and materials boards so that homeowners can easily implement the same high-style elegance in their own spaces.
Everybody wants their home's main living space to meet the needs of the whole family--and look great doing it. HGTV star Candice Olson is an expert in showing clients how a room can have many functions while still looking pulled-together and polished, and this book showcases a collection of her family room redos that is sure to inspire. Chock full of tips and ideas, Candice Olson Family Spaces features hundreds of full-color, before-and-after photos of Candice's stunning family room makeovers. Plus, you'll get access to her artful room sketches and design boards and insight into how each design took shape, giving you unprecedented guidance for planning your own family room renovation. Explains how good design accommodates all members of the family and their daily activities. Designs offer functionality, durability, and comfort without sacrificing style. As a busy mother of two, Candice brings valuable insight to what a family really needs from the spaces they share. Redecorating--or even just dreaming about decorating--can transform one's outlook on life, and Candice Olson Family Spaces is the catalyst to get readers off the couch and down to the upholstery store.
Popular TV star Candice Olson shares her favorite design challenges. Candice Olson Favorite Design Challenges focuses on the tricky situations that Candice expertly handles for her clients--the same challenges that many homeowners face. From working around architectural limitations like sloped ceilings or a lack of wall space, merging styles to ensure that a room's decor pleases all of a home's occupants, to accommodating the changes that come about when a family grows or shrinks, this book highlights those ingenious solutions that make Candice's designs both beautiful and functional.Featuring 25-30 of Candice's stunning room makeovers--described in her approachable and authoritative voice--Candice Olson Favorite Design Challenges provides gorgeous sketches and design boards that show you how each design took shape, while more than 200 full-color before-and-after photos offer a wealth of visual inspiration.Includes Candice's tips and insight into what makes each space workCandice shares how she overcame the predominant challenge in each caseProvides invaluable guidance on planning your own room redosRedecorating--or even just dreaming about decorating--can transform one's outlook on life, and Candice Olson Favorite Design Challenges is just what you need to dream, plan, and execute up a redo in your own home.
The ultimate materials for fun, whimsical crafting are right in your grocery store! From party decorations to children's toys, from wearable art to cute gifts, you need look no further than your supermarket shelves for the materials to make these unique (and kid-friendly) food crafts. For special celebrations, rainy-day activities, and much more, treat yourself to the sweetest projects. Colorful candy canes are fashioned into heart-shaped necklaces, melted peppermints are molded into a festive bowl, cookies and ice cream cones are transformed into a fanciful castle, marshmallows are snipped into a polar bear, and gumdrops become everything from adorable frogs to bumblebees and ducks. Candy Aisle Crafts is packed with simple ideas for charming crafts that both kids and parents will love.
Astounded by the lack of books dedicated to the wondrous variety of his favorite plant, author Jason King set out on a four-year mission to document the world's finest cannabis. Traveling around North America, Hawaii, and Europe, he captured over 1,500 strains on film (benevolently sampling a good number as well). Here in THE CANNABIBLE, images of the best 200 varieties are included alongside engaging and informative descriptions of their aromas, flavors, effects, and origins. Study this holy writ and figure out whether Purple Haze, Magic Kush, and the "P" is da kine or da shwag; learn which strains will give you the munchies or the wobbles; discover how appropriately named are Doc Kevorkian, Black Widow, and Cat Piss; and find out which strains are good for productivity, creativity, or just sitting on the couch, staring into space. With over 400 mind-blowing, full-color photographs of the world's most beautiful nugs, this book will have you on the floor, bowing to the mighty bud-dha.* A chapter contributed by one of the world's most studious pot smokers, Rob Clarke, provides an in-depth explanation of the history of marijuana breeding.* A unique reference guide, the first of its kind.From the Trade Paperback edition.