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When you are building your own fitted kitchen cabinets, you are not just saving money. You also improve upon the materials & construction used in factory-made cabinets, and get exactly the sizes you want. And with the techniques that the author demonstrates and explains in this book, you can incorporate custom details in your cabinets to make them even more distinctive, e.g: arched doors, custom cornice treatments, oversize pantry cabinets and solid wood end panels. - Designing custom cabinetry to suit your space and budget - - Building drawers and doors in a variety of different styles - - Tools - Understanding wood - Design - Face-frame construction - Doors - - Panels - Building drawers - Base cabinets - Wall cabinets -Other cabinets - - Finishing - Hardware - Accessories - Installation - Countertops - * Taunton's Build Like A Pro series: expert advice from start to finish. * Any serious do-it-yourselfer can make his/her own fitted kitchen armed with the know-how in this fully illustrated book.
Learn to think like a design pro to get the bathroom you've always wanted without making the types of mistakes that cost money or leave you less than thrilled with the result. Bathrooms, Updated Edition explains everything homeowners need to know about budgeting; hiring contractors; designing and working with space; selecting cabinetry and hardware; shopping for fixtures; choosing appropriate countertop, flooring, windows and other finishing materials; and how to bring all off these elements together cohesively with style. Completely updated with the latest trends, products and innovative ideas, this new edition offers a smart approach to bathroom design.
From wastestream to mainstream, a practical guide to composting toilet systems. Composting toilets are a key feature for local resilience, money saving, water conservation, resource recovery, septic system replacement, and an improved bathroom experience in rural and urban buildings. Essential Composting Toilets is a streamlined manual that takes a practical, how-to approach to composting toilet system selection, design, installation, and operation, while meeting universal health and safety objectives. Drawing from existing regulations and research, this book dispels myths and provides tools to assess various systems. It includes: Easily-understood drawings, plans, and photos Coverage of all main composting toilet systems Selection criteria including site considerations, urine separation pros/cons, renovations/new builds, ventilation, servicing, and composting details Design and installation details. Offering a professional approach accessible to DIYers, homeowners, designers, building consultants, water conservation advocates, and regulators, Essential Composting Toilets provides key information for redesigning toilet systems anywhere in the world.
A sweeping overview of traditional stone architecture that graces the landscapes of many nations. Over 350 vivid color photos show buildings ranging from simple stone homes and practical farm buildings to imposing town halls and vaulting cathedrals. The extensive text explains the history, styles, and techniques of the stone cutters' and masons' arts. Also included is a practical, instructional handbook; it teaches the crafts of masonry and stone cutting as they have been practiced across the centuries. This book will be a treasure for the builder, art historian, and everyone with a passion for stone structures.
Here is the ultimate portfolio featuring some of the most advanced interlocking concrete paver technology available today. Over 300 full color images showcase innovative paver shapes, textures, colors, and finishes, as well as a wide variety of classic pavers in a stunning collection of residential and commercial projects. Homeowners, landscape architects, and builders should not be without this important resource, which inspires with hundreds of ideas for patios, pool skirts, driveways, shopping centers, parking lots, boulevards, and much more.
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.
By combining proven and promising wind, solar, and other clean and renewable energy technologies, individuals, businesses, and communities can invest in equipment to produce electricity for themselves. This book explains how to reduce reliance on power companies, restore market forces, increase economic security, create jobs, improve efficiency, and reduce waste.For more than 100 years, electric energy has been a fundamental feature of human existence. It powers our tools, which helps us achieve our many individual and societal wants, needs, and goals. This comprehensive survey explores how electric power generation in the United States began, largely as a private endeavor, and quickly evolved into a race to capture and control its release to the people. The combination of wind, solar, and other renewable energy technologies, as proposed, enables people to restore their ability to independently generate electricity for home and business use.
Build a bunkbed in the morning and a water blaster in the afternoon, with PVC and Pipe Engineer, even advanced projects are easy with the right know-how! PVC and iron pipes used to be hidden deep inside the crawlspaces in your house, serving purely utilitarian needs. But not anymore! DIY with PVC and iron piping has caught on with homeowners and earned a place in every room of the house (and the backyard too)! The 18 projects in PVC and Pipe Engineer range from wine racks to bedframes, showerheads to bike trailers. Best of all, they can all be made with parts you'll find at your local hardware store. You'll be surprised at how easily even advanced projects go together once you learn the basics of cutting and joining iron pipe and PVC. Whether you're building a super-powered water blaster, a minimalist modern chandelier, or even a simple candle holder, the illustrated how-to steps in PVC and Pipe Engineer will show even first-time DIY-ers how to build projects they're proud of.
Concrete countertops are on the cutting edge of todays interior design and outdoor kitchen trends. Kitchen designers, contractors, architects, and homeowners alike can use this book to learn the detailed process of creating amazing concrete countertops. Here Ralston shows how to plan, execute, and complete a concrete countertop cast-in-place for ease and convenience. This book is a great inspiration for anyone interested in concrete countertop fabrication. Beautiful images of kitchens both indoors and out will inspire you, and step-by-step imagery will walk you through the process of creation.
Only scissors and glue needed to assemble this colorful scale model of an Indian village of the Southwest. Several dwellings plus two-sided free-standing figures of Indian villagers engaged in day-to-day activities, games and rituals. Ideal for play fun at home or as a classroom project offering hours of educational entertainment. 6 full-color plates. Introduction. Instructions.
The Renewable Energy Home Handbook is biased towards the practical, and covers the installation of all leading types of alternative domestic energy sources - from ground- and air-source heat pumps, PV solar electricity generation and solar water heating, to bio-mass domestic heating systems and wind turbines. Discussing the pros and cons of each technology, it also provides you with a clear overview of what's genuinely required and the benefits to be gained from each system. The author, Lindsay Porter, is best known for his books on motor vehicle technology, making car mechanics and body repairs easy to understand and carry out. But alternative energy and conservation have long been a passion for him and his wife, Shan, so this manual is very much a labour of love. Here, Lindsay applies his commitment to making difficult subjects easy for everyone to understand to the money-saving - planet-saving - systems we can apply to our homes.
Over 250 inspiring images and engaging text cover the techniques necessary to successful sculpt any hillside and enhance backyards with concrete. Contractors will feel empowered to unleash their inner artists. Designers will become inspired to create hillside expanses. Among the projects explored are beautiful, curved stairways, lit walls, raised patios, fire pits, and built-in seating that transform bland backyard slopes into view-commanding getaways. Further inspiration is provided by a gallery of spectacular completed projects. For the contractor, Ralston shares wisdom from years of business experience and training to help readers navigate the various challenges they face. The author explains design development, bid building, and suggests how to translate those into contracts. Also emphasized here are ways to make projects profitable by keeping them in line with the initial bid. Also reviewed are ways to keep clients happy by involving them throughout the project, and how to document your work as you go.
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