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A consistent seller for nearly two decades, this practical handbook is an indispensible guide for all owner builders.
This edition has been completely revised and updated to take account of changes in building legislation, new building techniques, and contemporary architectural, design and decor trends. This is a practical, easy-to-read reference book that will enable the owner builder or home renovator to tackle a project in a logical manner and with confidence. Sound advice is given on making an offer to purchase land, how to calculate costs and raise the finances, the preparation and submission of building plans, and how to quantify the actual cost of building.
The bulk of the book covers all you need to know to build your own home, including building methods and materials, the construction schedule, tools and plant hire, siteworks and excavations, foundations, damp-proofing, wall structures, roofing, flooring, ceilings, plumbing, drainage and sanitation, electrics, plastering and screeding. Decorative finishes, fixtures and fittings, verandahs and porches, patios and paving, landscaping, and security are also included.
Tired of spending money on contractors? Does home repair seem beyond you? Matt Weber and the team at Extreme How-To share over 300 guides to help you save money while improving your home. Whether a first time home owner or an experienced amateur fixer, everyone can learn something from this comprehensive guide to home repair. Written by Matt Weber and his team of home repair experts from Extremehowto.com, this new 2020 paperback edition is guaranteed to help you become your own contractor.
'Household Secrets' is for anyone who takes pride in the objects and furniture in their home and wants to know how to look after them properly. We all have household items that are important to us - these need not be precious antiques or fashioned from rare and expensive materials. Frances Halahan, an expert conservator, shows you first how to identify what it is you actually have in your home, and second which products and cleaning techniques should be used to bring out their beauty and increase their longevity. 'Household secrets' draws on the unrivalled wealth of experience and knowledge of National Trust conservators and applies this to everyday objects in the home. In a handy, affordable pocket-sized format, with easy-to-follow step-by-step line drawings, this book provides an essential reference for everyone.
The classic illustrated guide to living a clutter-free life, from tidying expert and Netflix show host Marie Kondo. Marie Kondo's first book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying, transformed the homes and lives of millions of people around the world. Spark Joy is her in-depth tidying masterclass, a line-illustrated, room-by-room guide to decluttering and organising your home. It covers every room in the house - from the bedroom and kitchen to the bathroom and living room - as well as all the items that occupy their spaces. Charming line drawings explain how to organise your house and apply Marie Kondo's unique folding method to all your clothes, including shirts, trousers, jackets, skirts, socks and bras. The secret to Marie Kondo's unique and simple KonMari tidying method is to tidy by category and to focus on what you want to keep, not what you want to get rid of. Ask yourself if something 'sparks joy' and suddenly it becomes so much easier to understand if you really need it in your home and your life. Except tidying up is not just about transforming your home: when you surround yourself with things you love, you will find that your whole life begins to change.
Although today s kitchens are crammed full of useful appliances, few people seem to know how to operate them in even the most basic way, let alone make the most of them. Award-winning illustrator Alan Snow has set out to change matters, with this striking diagrammatic guide.
Designed to free us up from the shackles of recipe books, Snow s fascinating visual miscellany shows readers the ins, outs, hows and whys of all manner of cooking equipment, tools and techniques, from ovens, blenders and coffee machines, to more sophisticated chefs equipment and everything in between.
Arranged into four practical sections: Tools, Cooking, Drinks and Kitchens, each section is accompanied by an insightful commentary that offers clear explanations and instructions. As well as absorbing historical and scientific details the book is brimming with charming diagrams and sequences. Once you ve grown familiar with each appliance, you ll find good reason to put your newly acquired knowledge to the test, with recipes as you ve never seen them before.
The perfect gift for every keen cook, whether amateur, enthusiast or professional, this unique book is at once a visual celebration of the kitchen and a fascinating exploration of culinary science and technique.
Given the dead costs involved in moving house, more and more people are choosing to make alterations to their existing homes rather than seek pastures new. By choosing to work with an architect, many people are aware they will have access to effective quality design, expert advice and professional resources. But how do you start this process? When you're already worried about your budget, does it make sense to consider the expense of employing an architect on your home? Whether you're looking to simply rearrange your existing rooms or have ambitions towards a kitchen or loft conversion, Architect Your Home has every piece of information that you need to run a successful project. Designing Forwards illuminates the possibilities that design can offer and explores, step-by-step, the decision-making criteria that make great home design. Understanding the process of working with building trade is often half the battle - not to mention getting to grips with the full range of legal issues, planning permissions and building regulations involved. Getting The Builders In takes you systematically through all the stages involved, whatever scale of project you are considering. Finally, The Information provides a comprehensive illustrated directory of building and interior materials and products. Packed with photographs and case studies, plans and illustrations, this is a complete and practical guide to achieving your dream home.
Dostadning, or the art of death cleaning, is a Swedish phenomenon by which the elderly and their families set their affairs in order. Whether it's sorting the family heirlooms from the junk, downsizing to a smaller place, or using a failsafe system to stop you losing essentials, death cleaning gives us the chance to make the later years of our lives as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Whatever your age, Swedish death cleaning can be used to help you de-clutter your life, and take stock of what's important. Radical and joyous, eighty-something Margareta Magnusson's guide is an invigorating, touching and surprising process that can help you or someone you love immeasurably, and offers the chance to celebrate and reflect on all the tiny joys that make up a long life along the way. Dostadning was previously published in hardback as The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning.
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Through useful lessons, lively stories, and vivid examples, this book shows you how to employ Serhant's principles to increase profits and achieve success. Your measure of a good day will no longer depend on one deal or one client, wondering what comes next; the next deal is already happening. And Serhant's practical guidance will show you how to juggle multiple deals at once and close all of them EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.
Whatever your business or expertise, Sell It Like Serhant will make anyone a master at sales. Ready, set, GO!
There's no place like home!
And that's why we're back. "Dare to Repair, Replace & Renovate" is the sequel to "Dare to Repair," the national bestselling home repair book for women.
In our first book, we taught you how to fix a leaky faucet. In this book, we teach you how to replace it. In our first book, we showed you how to change the direction of ceiling fan blades. In this book, we show you how to install a new fan. We've gone from basic repairs to easy projects that can make your home more comfortable, more beautiful, and more valuable. We will show you how to:
And we provide easy, step-by-step instructions so you can get rid of the things in your home that are making you crazy:
Incorporating detailed illustrations with witty and encouraging instructions, "Dare to Repair, Replace & Renovate" will allow you to turn your project wish list into a can-do list.
Say good-bye to the stress of mess--for good! You can find the order, beauty, and peace you desire--and deserve--in your home. Organizing for Life reveals the secrets of keeping your house neat, clean, and organized without spending every minute of your life working on it. Finally a book that goes beyond the how-tos of cleaning and looks right at the heart of messiness so permanent change can take place. You'll learn why things are out of control so you can get them back in order and keep them that way. You'll uncover the mental and emotional roots of clutter--guilt, fear, rebellion, habit--so you can get rid of it. Even the best cleaning methods are useless if you can't keep up and soon slip back into old habits. Stop struggling. You can overcome that old, unsuccessful mind-set and discover a new way of thinking that makes messiness a thing of the past. Sandra Felton, The Organizer Lady(TM), is the founder of Messies Anonymous, a group established to help women organize their households. She is the bestselling author of several books, including Organizing Magic.
Not too far away from the flea markets, dusty attics, cluttered used record stores and Ebay is the world of the vinyl junkies. Brett Milano dives deep into the piles of old vinyl to uncover the subculture of record collecting. A vinyl junkie is not the person who has a few old 45s shoved in the cuboard from their days in high school. Vinyl Junkies are the people who will travel over 3,000 miles to hear a rare b-side by a German band that has only recorded two songs since 1962, vinyl junkies are the people who own every copy of every record produced by the favorite artist from every pressing and printing in existance, vinyl junkies are the people who may just love that black plastic more than anything else in their lives. Brett Milano traveled the U.S. seeking out the most die-hard and fanatical collectors to capture all that it means to be a vinyl junkie. Includes interviews with Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, Peter Buck from R.E.M and Robert Crumb, creator of Fritz the cat and many more underground comics.
A practical guide to improving your life--and your impact on the world--in thirty simple days by radically reducing waste without losing your lifestyle. Overwhelmed by clutter, anxious about your environmental footprint, and looking to make a change? You don't have to be a rocket scientist to reconfigure your consumption--still, it doesn't hurt that Anita Vandyke is. A qualified engineer and the eco-luxe lifestyle champion behind the popular zero-waste Instagram @Rocket-Science, Anita Vandyke has made the change to a zero-waste life, and through hands-on advice and charming illustrations, she shows us that with ease and style, we can too. By incorporating thirty simple rules one day at a time, A Zero Waste Life is a manageable guide to forming a more conscientious, intentional life in just one month. Offered inside is guidance for tackling waste and making ethical choices when it comes to shopping, eating, travel, beauty, and more. With her signature elegance and encouraging voice, Vandyke proves that we can stop depending on plastics, tidy our homes, and clear the way for a cleaner future--and that when we stop wasting, we start living.
With tips from leading experts in every field, The Little Book of Life Skills is the ultimate guide to solving the trickiest tasks in your day, making life easier with more time to do things that bring you joy. We all have areas of our lives that make us feel disorganised, unprepared or stressed out. From creating a calmer morning routine to setting yourself up for a good night's sleep, and everything in between, there are easy and proven ways to do things better. Whether you need advice on how to end an argument, iron a shirt or keep your inbox under control, Erin has spoken to experts including Arianna Huffington, Gretchen Rubin, Rachael Ray and Dr Oz, and condensed their wisdom into easy to follow steps for all of life's simple and not-so-simple tasks, such as: - Working from home effectively - Keeping a houseplant alive - Unplugging from your phone - Walking into a room with confidence, and many more The Little Book of Life Skills offers simple strategies for streamlining your life. It's the perfect guide for anybody who wants to get their life in order, be more efficient throughout the day and finally learn the best way to fold that tricky fitted sheet! *Featured on Deliciously Ella: The Podcast - 10 Ways to De-Stress Your Life* 'If you've ever struggled with making a great cheeseboard, exiting a party gracefully or keeping a houseplant alive (um, guilty!), this is the book for you!' - Rachel Ray
Wallpaper & Wallcoverings is packed full of creative design ideas for walls in every room of the home, with tips and techniques for contemporary applications of everything from paper and paint to fabric and light-projected images. Beginning with the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century imports of toile de Jouy, damask and chintz from the Far East, the book examines the evolution and major influences of wallpaper and wallcoverings in the West. William Morris's organic hand-blocked prints, the geometric patterns of the 1950s and the hippie-trippy flowers of the 1960s and 1970s, among others, are used to show the impact of historical styles on modern wallcoverings. With a brilliant combination of lively and informative text and beautiful, inspiring photographs, Wallpaper & Wallcoverings illustrates the versatility
Marie Kondo will help you declutter your life with her new major Netflix series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.
Transform your home into a permanently clear and clutter-free space with the incredible KonMari Method. Japan's expert declutterer and professional cleaner Marie Kondo will help you tidy your rooms once and for all with her inspirational step-by-step method.
The key to successful tidying is to tackle your home in the correct order, to keep only the things you really love and to do it all at once – and quickly. After that for the rest of your life you only need to choose what to keep and what to discard.
The KonMari Method will not just transform your space. Once you have your house in order you will find that your whole life will change. You can feel more confident, you can become more successful, and you can have the energy and motivation to create the life you want. You will also have the courage to move on from the negative aspects of your life: you can recognise and finish a bad relationship; you can stop feeling anxious; you can finally lose weight.
Marie Kondo's method is based on a 'once-cleaned, never-messy-again' approach. If you think that such a thing is impossible then you should definitely read this compelling book.
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