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Be Your Own House Contractor: Save 25% without Lifting a Hammer

by Carl Heldmann

While building a home is not a simple task, expert Carl Heldmann shows that it is not as complicated as one might believe. With his sound advice, readers can act as their own house contractor and save a quarter...


The Complete Idiot's Guide to Solar Power for Your Home, 3rd Edition

by Dan Ramsey & David Hughes

All the power you need is already there.

This third edition helps readers understand the basics of solar (photovoltaic) power and explore whether it makes sense for them, what their options are, and what's...


Homes for a Changing Climate: Adapting Our Homes and Communities to Cope with the Climate of the 21st Century

by Will Anderson

Homes for a Changing Climate celebrates the collected wisdom of traditional and contemporary responses to the challenges of climate and illustrates the many ways in which houses can be designed, built, and adapted...


Style, Stitch, Staple: Basic Upholstering Skills to Tackle Any Project

by Hannah Stanton

Revive your living room with these straightforward upholstery techniques!


Carter's Way: A No-Nonsense Method for Designing Your Own Super Stylish Home

by Chris Peterson, Carter Oosterhouse & Rachael Ray

Carter Oosterhouse knows how real people live and how intimidating home design can be. With his reassuring, “you can do it” attitude, he goes out of his way to show readers how to create realistic design...


Condominiums and Townhouses - What You Need to Know Before and After Buying

by Irfan Alli

Condominiums are going up in cities all over the world at a rapid pace. For many people it will be their first home. Many buy without knowing what they are getting themselves into. In this book you will:

1....


The Old-House Doctor: The Essential Guide to Repairing, Restoring, and Rejuvenating Your Old Home

by Christopher Evers & Harriet Hason

"A reliable guide to treating the ailing geriatric dwelling."--Publishers Weekly. Old houses are charming, but owning one can be a labor of love. Expert carpenter and house "doctor" Christopher Evers equates...


Wind Power for Dummies

by Ian Woofenden

The consumer guide to small-scale wind electricity production!

Maybe you're not T. Boone Pickens, but you can build your own home-sized wind-power empire right in your back yard. Wind Power For Dummies supplies...


Outdoor Shower

by Wayne Lennox

An outdoor shower is a practical, affordable cottage upgrade—much less expensive than adding a second bathroom, easier to keep clean, and a lot more fun too. Project designer Wayne Lennox provides the detailed...


Classic Outhouse

by Wayne Lennox

Biffy, kybo, privy. There are many words for “outhouse” but only one way to build the best: with Cottage Life’s Classic Outhouse. Award-winning cottage DIY expert Wayne Lennox provides comprehensive, step-by-step...


Smart Bunkie

by Wayne Lennox

Whether you want a bunkie as much-needed guest accommodation for friends and extended family, as a place for the kids to hide, or as an all-purpose extension of your cottage space, there are few buildings as...


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.


Timber Frame Construction: All About Post-and-Beam Building

by Jack A. Sobon & Roger Schroeder

Timber frame construction, or post-and-beam building, is beautiful and often less expensive than the alternatives. Whether you are building a home yourself or hiring a builder, here is everything you need to...


The Modular Home

by Andrew Gianino

Are you thinking about buying and building a modular home or addition? This comprehensive handbook covers everything you need to know, from choosing a dealer and working with a general contractor to selecting...


Early Mexican Houses: A Book of Photographs and Measured Drawings

by George W. Rustay, G. Richard Garrison & David Gebhard

Here is a wonderful collection of houses from the days of Mexico's viceroys, presented in this handsomely illustrated book. Every aficionado of architecture or home design will find the patios, window designs,...


House

by Tracy Kidder

Tracy Kidder takes readers to the heart of the American Dream: the building of a family's first house with all its day-to-day frustrations, crises, tensions, challenges, and triumphs.


The Zero-Carbon House

by Martin Godrey Cook

'Zero Carbon' is an abstract concept for most people, but we have lived energy-profligate lifestyles for too long on finite fossil-fuel resources. We now face potential environmental catastrophe from climate...


Home Plan Doctor: The Essential Companion for Anyone Buying a Home Design Plan

by Larry W. Garnett

Every new house begins with a dream—and a home plan. But it can be terrifying to commit a lifetime of savings to a two-dimensional drawing that's difficult to interpret and visualize. Will the space meet your...


Spanish Colonial or Adobe Architecture of California: 1800-1850

by Revel Edwards, Donald R. Hannaford & David Gebhard

In California, authentic Spanish colonial houses were built with local materials, using the traditions of both Spanish and New England settlers. This book gives architects, home builders and historians a chance...


Dry Run: Preventing the Next Urban Water Crisis

by Jerry Yudelson

In the Age of Scarcity now upon us, fresh water shortages are an increasingly serious global problem. With water restrictions emerging in many developed countries and water diversions for industrial, urban,...