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Ergonomic Living: How to Create a User-Friendly Home & Officer

by Gordon Inkeles

er*go*nom*ic (er-ga-'na-mik) adj: designed to allow people and the things people use to interact in the safest, most effective, and most comfortable manner You work indoors. You're not on your feet all day and...


Home Swell Home: Designing Your Dream Pad

by Cynthia Rowley & Ilene Rosenzweig

Sex and the City meets Martha Stewart in this savvy and eclectic interior-design manifesto for high-flying chicks with nesting fantasies from the authors of the bestselling Swell: A Girl's Guide to the Good...


Selecting and Renovating an Old House: A Complete Guide

by U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

Clearly written manual tells how to appraise an older home, develop plans for remodeling the kitchen, add a bath, replace floors, roof, windows, doors, interior walls, kitchen cabinets, more.


Wood-Frame House Construction

by Gerald E. Sherwood & Robert C. Stroh

Completely revised, updated edition of popular U.S. Government manual. Expert advice on site selection, design, excavation, materials, framing, roofing, plumbing, insulation — every step of construction process....


Vacation Homes and Log Cabins

by U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

Complete plans for 16 cabins, vacation homes, and other shelters.


How to Make Mission Style Lamps and Shades

by Popular Mechanics Co.

Popular 1911 manual offers complete designs and instructions for 18 lamps and shades: chandeliers, reading lamps, more. 64 illustrations.


Little Book of Log Cabins: How to Build and Furnish Them

by William S. Wicks

Handy how-to manual, with instructions and illustrations for building cabins in the Adirondack style, fireplaces, stairways, furniture, beamed ceilings, and more. 102 line drawings.


Tools and Their Uses

by U.S. Bureau of Naval Personnel

Teaches correct operation of all the basic hand and power tools, fasteners, and measuring devices you are likely to need. 329 illustrations.


Old-Time Farm and Garden Devices and How to Make Them

by Rolfe Cobleigh

Handy tips for building everything from a cheese press, hog house, and bicycle-powered washing machine to advice on the proper way to split wood, sharpen scissors, and paper a room. 200 black-and-white illustrations....


New Life for Old Houses: A Guide to Restoration and Repair

by George Stephen

Easy-to-understand introduction to good design and rehabilitation explains everything from selecting an architect and choosing appropriate materials to restoring interiors from ceiling to floor. 300 illustrations....


The House Servant's Directory: An African American Butler's 1827 Guide

by Robert Roberts

Classic survey of work, home life, and race relations in early America — written by an African-American — offers keen insight into the social milieu, hierarchy, and maintenance of the antebellum manor.


Small Brick Houses of the Twenties

by Ralph P. Stoddard

35 sets of floor plans, elevations, and specifications depict a wide variety of structures — from bungalows and cottages to single- and double-car garages and multiple-dwelling buildings.


Old-Time Gates and Fences and How to Build Them

by George A. Martin

First published over a century ago, this practical guide shows how to add traditional fences, gates, and bridges to your house, farm, or garden. More than 300 illustrations accompany straightforward instructions....


Principles & Practice of Ornamental or Complex Turning

by John Jacob Holtzapffel

First paperback edition of Great Victorian classic for special lathe, with coverage of frames and chucks, unbelievably complex projects, all with unmatched thoroughness and clarity. 600 illustrations.


Easy-to-Make Arts and Crafts Lamps and Shades

by John D. Adams

How to turn inexpensive materials into attractive, functional objects — from a dining room dome to an electric candle sconce.


Wrought Iron and Its Decorative Use

by Maxwell Ayrton & Arnold Silcock

Superb treasury presents an informative survey of wrought iron throughout England with illustrations of gates, railings, screens, and other elaborately rendered works. 239 black-and-white illustrations.


Turn-of-the-Century House Designs: With Floor Plans, Elevations and Interior Details of 24 Residences

by William T. Comstock

Designs and plans for constructing country homes with over 130 illustrations depicting interior and exterior designs, perspectives, and more.


A Victorian Housebuilder's Guide: Woodward's National Architect of 1869

by George E. Woodward & Edward G. Thompson

Plans and specifications for 20 distinctive Victorian structures, from a simple cottage to an ornate brick villa. Over 580 black-and-white illustrations.


More Craftsman Homes

by Gustav Stickley

Stickley pioneered a style of architecture that came to be known as Mission. Complete plans for 78 authentic Mission-style dwellings are reprinted here from an original 1912 publication with over 300 black-and-white...


Victorian Woodturnings and Woodwork

by Blumer & Kuhn Stair Co.

Reproduced from a rare original, this 1893 catalog provides nearly 800 detailed illustrations of stair railings, mantels, gables, moldings, and ornaments. Varied, unusual examples make it an inspiring, instructive...