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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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This comprehensive, fully illustrated book, written by a team of specialists, shows you exactly how to tackle a variety of home decorating tasks. Whether you are painting, wallpapering or tiling, it guides you step-by-step through every stage in the process, from initial preparation to the finishing touches, helping to ensure attractive and long-lasting results.
Design a rainwater harvesting system for any home in any climate.
Water is a crucial resource increasingly under stress. Yet rainfall, even in arid climates, can make up a sizable portion of any home, acreage, or farm’s water requirements if harvested and utilized with care. The key is appropriate planning and high-quality site- and climate-specific design.
Essential Rainwater Harvesting is a comprehensive manual for designing, building, and maintaining water harvesting systems for the warm and cold climates of the world. Presenting design considerations and approaches for the most common household rainwater supply scenarios – primary, supplemental, and off-grid supply – this step-by-step approach covers:
- Considerations for full-property water security
- Demand planning and conservation strategies
- Supply calculations and design implications for extreme rainfall and drought
- Materials selection and water quality
- System and site assessment
- Sizing and design of gutters, conveyance, tanks, and pumps
- Pre-filtration, filtration, and disinfection options
- System maintenance and upkeep
This practical resource provides DIYers, trades, and rainwater practitioners with the essential tools, methods, and technical know-how to design, build, and maintain rainwater harvesting systems anywhere.
A comprehensive, visual handbook for welding in the farm, home workshop, school workshop, blacksmith shop, or auto shop. Almost anyone can weld, cut, or shape metal. That's the starting point for this supremely practical book which helps the beginner to improve and the intermediate operator to broaden their technique. Its 10 sections describe all the major types of welds before progressing into trickier methods. With this comprehensive guide, you'll understand everything you need to know, from arc, TIG, MIG, and gas welding to plasma cutting, soldering, welding plastics, and more. Beyond welding metals and plastics, advice extends into the wider workshop with chapters on drills, cutting threads, and basic blacksmithing. Filled with helpful visuals and photography, detailed explanations, expert suggestions, and step-by-step directions, author and experienced welding instructor Andrew Pearce also lays out common pitfalls and mistakes, and how to avoid or correct them.
This is a practical guide to insulating and draughtproofing your home, as well as improving ventilation. It is a guide to the different kinds of insulation materials available, including loose-fill, blanket and slab insulation, and how to fit them correctly. How to draughtproof your home to eliminate cold air coming through doors, windows, floorboards and letter boxes. It includes techniques for ventilating your home, such as fitting ceiling, window and wall extractor fans, and adding airbricks for extra circulation of air. It shows how to recognize different types of damp, whether from condensation or from penetrating or rising damp, and how to find a remedy. Overcoming common problems such as damp, condensation, dry rot and wet rot. Energy efficiency is an important issue today, and no one wants to waste money by losing heat from their roofs, walls or windows. With this practical guide, you will find out the different ways of insulating doors, windows, floors, walls and roofs, as well as reducing heat loss by protecting your home against currents of air and preventing condensation by adequate ventilation.
In this book, the natural beauty and texture of sticks, wood, stones and pebbles are celebrated in inspirational and practical designs. 25 original projects include a wall-hanging cabinet made from driftwood; a beautiful twig candelabra; door-stops made from stone; and pebble-mosaic slabs for a garden path or patio. It offers exciting projects from today's leading craft artists. It is a comprehensive guide with everything you need to know about materials, equipment and techniques. It offers clear step-by-step instructions with over 300 specially commissioned photographs. It presents a contemporary approach to working with timeless, natural materials. The use of stone and wood for decorative and symbolic purposes is as ancient as the materials themselves: from basket-making to a Roman pebble mosaic; from African statuettes to the mysterious circle at Stonehenge, the use of the earth's simplest materials is still effective today. This is a unique collection of 25 practical ideas for decorating your home, created by a professional artisan. Every project is self-contained, and step-by-step photographs guide the reader through each stage. The introductory section covers some of the basic skills and equipment required, while exploring the different materials involved. For inspiration, there is a gallery of original pieces from contemporary artists. With its inventive designs, this is the first practical craft book to explore the beautiful potential of these natural materials.
This is a practical illustrated guide to tiling surfaces in the house, using ceramic, vinyl, cork and lino tiles. It includes expert advice for tiling walls, splashbacks, floors, borders and worktops. It offers detailed information on how to lay a wide range of tiles, including ceramic, quarry, vinyl, lino, cork and mosaic tiles. It includes techniques for preparing surfaces, cutting tiles, and applying grout and adhesive. It covers all the materials and equipment needed for tiling in the home. It includes clear step-by-step photographs, diagrams and charts for instant reference. You can learn effective ways to use tiles creatively for borders, or try hand-made tiles for a dramatic result. For decorating floors, worktops or walls, tiles are the ideal material. This book explains how to achieve the best result with ceramic, as well as vinyl, cork and mosaic tiles. Clear photographs help you every step of the way, from the equipment you need, preparation, cutting, applying adhesive and grouting. Once you have mastered the basics, advice is given on creative designs.
From the author of the hit journals The 52 Lists Project and 52 Lists for Happiness, comes a home design book that helps you discover how to style your home for a deeper sense of comfort. Part self-help, part memoir, part d cor inspiration, fans of Moorea Seal will love this book for its warm voice and candid exploration of what it means to create a comfortable home. Organized room by room, each chapter delves into what each room represents in our lives, and how we can feel at home in our spaces and at home in ourselves. What you won't find? Strict design solutions. This isn't about a prescribed style. Instead, Make Yourself at Home will help you find which expression feels most authentic to you through color palates, interior design modes, conversation prompts, essays, approachable DIY projects and more. You don't have to have the perfect life or perfect home in order to infuse your space with your signature spark and feel relaxed in your space. Each chapter includes: - A personal essay from online curator and style maven Moorea Seal. - Exclusive looks into her home and office spaces with tips for inspired, mindful living. - Two on-trend, beginner-friendly DIY projects to personalize and decorate your home on a budget. - Intimate looks into the homes and inspiring lives of a diverse set of creative women, with their best tips and tricks for comfortable, imaginative decor.
A treehouse is a wonderful idea, but how in the name of creation do you actually build one? In this delightfully illustrated handbook, David Stiles, the unofficial world grandmaster of the treehouse, shows how. Not assuming anything about the treehouse builder, Stiles starts with the basics: how to nail, how to buy wood, what kind of screws and nails to use. Then it's on to an A-frame design so simple that it can be built in a weekend out of four sheets of plywood, followed by lean-tos, a tree hut, and a Tarzan-style jungle hideaway. There are also forts of every description, including a 21-foot-tall lookout tower modeled on one George Washington built to keep an eye on the redcoats. Stiles also adds a design for a snowball catapult, an igloo and even a Nerf-loaded cannon. Written for children, with an adult peeking over their shoulder, Stiles's TREEHOUSES, HUTS, & FORTS is a dreamer's handbook, offering practical results.
See how wood has shaped traditional architecture around the world from log building to frame construction. A panorama of more than 400 color images shows the different construction styles used in 14 European countries. View the Church of the Transfiguration in Russia, the Village Museum in Romania, and the Sanok Ethnographic Park in Poland. Learn the format of wood construction used. A bonus DIY chapter demonstrates carpentry techniques of the Old World and step-by-step directions for hewing, cutting the notches, and creating overlapping joints. A good resource for wood lovers, contractors, landscapers, architects, and designers.
This book contains all the necessary information on basic tools and materials that the do-it-yourself enthusiast will need. It begins with a section on tools and techniques, which covers the basic items needed for most do-it-yourself jobs as well as giving a guide to storing your tools. The chapter on equipment and materials covers plaster, concrete and mortar, roofing materials, adhesives and sealants, as well as fixings and fittings, flooring, painting and wallpapering materials. The final section of the book consists of projects involving basic carpentry skills. From simple projects, such as putting up shelves, to more complex tasks, such as replacing a section of skirting and boxing-in wall pipes, this section will help you to carry out a variety of woodworking tasks.
For most of human history, people have lived in durable, comfortable buildings made from natural materials such as soil, sand, rocks, and fiber. All over the globe, these ancient traditions persist; a quarter to a third of the world's population today lives in houses built partially or entirely of earth. Conventional Western building techniques using industrial materials may save time and create efficiencies, but these perceived savings come at considerable financial and environmental cost.
As well as boasting a unique and beautiful aesthetic, natural building techniques are accessible, affordable, and non-toxic. "Earthen Floors: A Modern Approach to an Ancient Practice" is the first comprehensive, fully illustrated manual covering the history, use, and maintenance of this attractive, practical flooring option. This detailed, fully illustrated guide explains every part of the process, including:
Because information on creating quality earthen floors was not previously widely available, there have been some negative experiences. Drawing on the combined knowledge of the most qualified earthen floor practitioners, as well their own substantial experience, the authors deliver the definitive resource for this exciting technique, perfect for everyone from the novice to veteran builder.
Sukita Reay Crimmel has installed over twenty thousand square feet of earthen flooring, and is one of the preeminent experts in the emerging field of earthen floors.
James Thomson is part of House Alive, one of the leading natural building training organizations in the country.
Minimalism and the Simple LifeAuthor and YouTuber, Zoey Arielle, opens up about her struggle with loving all the things in life we bring home. A hoarder in disguise, Arielle has mastered the tools needed to embrace simplicity and the minimalist philosophy. Minimalism guide. It's natural to love stuff! More than that, it's natural to love your stuff. That notebook from 8th grade, your Disney VHS, mismatched socks. They all have sentimental value...and they all take up space. Zoey Arielle Poulsen's The Joy of Minimalism is the friendly guide you've been searching for as you embark on a life of simplicity. Life can stress anyone out. So, by embracing minimalism, you'll be saying goodbye to stress and everything that you never needed anyway. Discover a greater focus and true freedom as you live your new life with a real sense of gratitude for everything and everyone around you. Enjoy the simple life. In The Joy of Minimalism Poulsen shows you how to simplify the act of letting go while sharing her personal journey into this calmer sense of life. Beyond offering specific tips on transitioning, she also invites you to journal your new awakening. Minimalism is more than a movement or fad, it's a sense of happiness and practice that will bring you closer to your true self. The Joy of Minimalism teaches you to live better with less. You'll learn how to: Rediscover the freedom of owning less Embrace life and all the non-material things the world has to offer Master your own personal style for organizing and decluttering Celebrate your new life with a free mind If you have read hoarding and decluttering books such as Decluttering at the Speed of Life, What Your Clutter is Trying to Tell You, or The Clutter Connection, you will love The Joy of Minimalism.
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