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Building Today's Green Home: Practical, Cost-Effective and Eco-Responsible Homebuilding

by Art Smith

Make Your Green Home a Reality!

The modern dream home is practical, but doesn't sacrifice quality, and uses sustainable and easily maintained building materials. Building the right-sized green home involves...


Green Home Building: Money-Saving Strategies for an Affordable, Healthy, High-Performance Home

by Miki Cook & Doug Garrett

Build a truly green home for the same total net cost as the conventional alternative


Making Better Buildings: A Comparative Guide to Sustainable Construction for Homeowners and Contractors

by Jen Feigin & Chris Magwood

Sustainable building from the ground up – the pros and cons of the latest green and natural materials and technologies


Tiny House Living: Ideas For Building and Living Well In Less than 400 Square Feet

by Ryan Mitchell

Tiny House, Large Lifestyle!

Tiny homes are popping up across America, captivating people with their novel approach not only to housing, but to life. Once considered little more than a charming oddity, the tiny...


The Interior Design Handbook

by Joanna Wissinger

Whether you are moving into a new home or renovating and redecorating an existing one, The Interior Design Handbook is the perfect first step to creating an intimate and unique space that is a joy to live in...


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.


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....


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....


Sears House Designs of the Thirties

by Sears, Roebuck and Co.

68 Sears-designed homes display handsome exterior and interior views — with vestibules, breakfast alcoves, massive chimneys, unusual roof lines, and other attractive features. Over 200 black-and-white illustrations....


Sears Modern Homes, 1913

by Sears, Roebuck and Co.

Reproduced from a rare edition, this book features 112 designs for homes of "comfort and refinement," with external views, floor plans, and other details. 400 illustrations.


Victorian City and Country Houses: Plans and Details

by Geo E. Woodward

Detailed volume includes 100 front and side elevations, floor plans for five city houses, a country house with a French roof, a summer house, various cottages, more.


Passive Solar Architecture: Heating, Cooling, Ventilation, Daylighting and More Using Natural Flows

by David Bainbridge & Ken Haggard

New buildings can be designed to be solar oriented, naturally heated and cooled, naturally lit and ventilated, and made with renewable, sustainable materials-no matter the location or climate.

In this comprehensive...


The Greened House Effect: Renovating Your Home with a Deep Energy Retrofit

by Jeff Wilson

With greater public awareness of the need for energy independence, the issue of how we can make our existing homes more resource efficient is becoming ever more critical. Residential buildings make up a large...


The Natural Building Companion: A Comprehensive Guide to Integrative Design and Construction

by Jacob Deva Racusin & Ace McArleton

Natural buildings not only bring satisfaction to their makers and joy to their occupants, they also leave the gentlest footprint on the environment. In this complete reference to natural building philosophy,...


Masonry Heaters: Designing, Building, and Living with a Piece of the Sun

by Ken Matesz & Albie Barden

Masonry Heaters is a complete guide to designing and living with one of the oldest, and yet one of the newest, heating devices. A masonry heater’s design, placement in the home, and luxurious radiant heat...


The Passive Solar House: Using Solar Design to Cool and Heat Your Home, 2nd Edition

by James Kachadorian

Revised and Expanded Edition - Includes CD-ROM with Custom Design Software

For the past ten years The Passive Solar House has offered proven techniques for building homes that heat and cool themselves, using...


Serious Straw Bale: A Home Construction Guide for All Climates

by Paul Lacinski & Michel Bergeron

In 1994, when Chelsea Green published The Straw Bale House, the response from many people was a loud, "Huh?!"

Those days are gone. With more than 100,000 copies sold, and straw bale projects underway in most...


The Rammed Earth House

by David Easton & Cynthia Wright

The Rammed Earth House is an eye-opening example of how the most dramatic innovations in home design and construction frequently have their origins in the distant past. By rediscovering the most ancient of all...


Everything You Need to Know About Building the Custom Home: How to Be Your Own General Contractor

by John Folds

More and more people are foregoing and aggravations of hiring a general contractor and opting to oversee their own homebuilding projects.


Straw Bale Gardens: Best Straw Bale Gardening For Vegetable Gardening

by Diane Joel

Want to build the perfect DIY garden?

Diane Joel has created the ultimate straw bale gardening guide for those who are ready to take the next step in their gardening journey. This provides a range of gardening...