List books in category Home & Garden / Outdoor & Recreational Areas

  • Building Bat Houses: Storey s Country Wisdom Bulletin A-178

    Building Bat Houses: Storey’s Country Wisdom Bulletin A-178
    Dale Evva Gelfand

    Since 1973, Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins have offered practical, hands-on instructions designed to help readers master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily. There are now more than 170 titles in this series, and their remarkable popularity reflects the common desire of country and city dwellers alike to cultivate personal independence in everyday life.

  • How to Build a Fence: Plan and Build Basic Fences and Gates. A Storey BASICS® Title

    How to Build a Fence: Plan and Build Basic Fences and Gates. A Storey BASICS® Title
    Jeff Beneke

    Whether you want to protect your garden, provide a safe enclosure for pets, or add privacy, this Storey BASICS® guide covers you everything you need to know to build the perfect fence. Offering clear step-by-step instructions, Jeff Beneke shows you how to construct a variety of fences from wood, vinyl, and chain link. With designs that are easily adaptable to all types of yards, you’ll soon be putting up a functional and beautiful fence that works with your landscape.

  • Electric Fencing: How to Choose, Build, and Maintain the Best Fence for Your Plants and Animals. A Storey BASICS® Title

    Electric Fencing: How to Choose, Build, and Maintain the Best Fence for Your Plants and Animals. A Storey BASICS® Title
    Ann Larkin Hansen

    Protect your livestock and gardens with electric fencing. In this Storey BASICS® guide, Ann Larkin Hansen describes the pros and cons of different varieties of electric fencing so that you can choose the fence that best suits your property and needs. You’ll also learn how electric fencing works and how to put it together yourself. Whether you’re looking for a standard design to reign in your flock or a portable version for rotational grazing, this accessible volume will help you find an efficient, cost-effective solution.

  • HomeMade: 101 Easy-to-Make Things for Your Garden, Home, or Farm

    HomeMade: 101 Easy-to-Make Things for Your Garden, Home, or Farm
    Ken Braren

    Discover the satisfaction of building your own lawn chairs, fences, bootjacks, cold frames, and compost bins. Ken Braren and Roger Griffith show you how to build a variety of easy-to-make items for your home and garden that are designed to save you money and make your life easier. Even if you have limited construction experience, the simple instructions and clear illustrations in this guide will have you confidently crafting your own potting bench and building a basement closet.

  • Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Contemporary Sheds: Complete plans for 12 Sheds, Including Garden Outbuilding, Storage Lean-to, Playhouse, Woodland Cott

    Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Contemporary Sheds: Complete plans for 12 Sheds, Including Garden Outbuilding, Storage Lean-to, Playhouse, Woodland Cott
    Philip Schmidt

    A modern guide to classic outdoor structures.Sheds and other landscape shelters have never been out of style, but they are now seeing a remarkable surge in popularity, and are being used in creative new ways. The common garden shed is now just as likely to serve as a workshop for an artist to pursue his or her hobby; or may be used as a writerÆs retreat; or may even be equipped with a satellite dish, high definition television, recliners, and used as a meeting spot for Sunday afternoon football parties. In many parts of the country, spacious sheds are being fully appointed with furnishings and used as detached rooms for everyday living or as backyard offices.This book offers readers fuel for their aspirations but also provides practical information for planning and building sheds of all types. Although the basics of stick-building are covered, the book focuses more on the most common consumer option: ordering and buying a kit shed, working from blueprint plans, and customizing the shed to individual needs.Features a planning and design section to help readers create unique shed projects General technique chapter provides an in-depth overview of each step in shed construction Includes easy-to-follow plans and directions for 12 sheds covering all design optionsBonus appendix includes a dozen advanced shed plans that can be special-orderedMore than three times as many complete plans than any other sheds book

  • Backyard Farming: Homesteading: The Complete Guide to Self-Sufficiency

    Backyard Farming: Homesteading: The Complete Guide to Self-Sufficiency
    Kim Pezza

    Your Backyard Farming Experience Begins Here!Join the Backyard Farming Movement and Turn Your Home into a Homestead!Backyard Farming: Homesteading is your all-in-one guide to successfully turning your rural property, suburban home, or urban dwelling into a productive food oasis. Covering every topic from finding and developing the perfect property, as well as which produce and livestock combinations are easiest to start with, Homesteading takes the anxiety and guesswork out of enjoying the backyard farming revolution.Whether you have 100 acres of open land or just a small backyard or apartment terrace, Homesteading is the comprehensive primer for anyone looking to grow their own food. Including detailed instructions and informative photographs that help ensure your backyard farm is everything you want it to be, Homesteading walks you step by step through the process of planning and implementing your sustainable lifestyle.With Homesteading, you will:• Learn what to look for when considering properties for backyard farming• Learn how to develop the property you already own into a homestead, regardless of size and space• Find out which varieties of produce and livestock are easiest for a beginner• Learn how to preserve your harvest• Discover a variety of delicious recipes using produce from your own farm…and many more tips to help you achieve success.More than ever, people everywhere are making a return to the farming lifestyle: Homestreading is your first big step to joining the growing movement of these homemakers looking to a healthier, happier way of life—and it starts right in your own backyard.Backyard Farming is a series of easy-to-use guides to help urban, suburban, and rural dwellers turn their homes into homesteads. Whether planning to grow food for the family or for sale at the local farmers market, Backyard Farming provides simple instruction and essential information in a convenient reference.

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

    Timber Frame Construction: All About Post-and-Beam Building
    Jack A. Sobon

    Discover the satisfaction of making your own durable, economical, and environmentally friendly timber frame structures. Covering all aspects of timber frame construction, this practical guide is filled with easy-to-understand instructions, clear illustrations, and helpful photographs. With expert advice on selecting appropriate timber, necessary tools, safety considerations, joinery techniques, assembly, and raising, Jack Sobon and Roger Schroeder encourage beginners by offering complete plans for a small toolshed. Turn your dream of a timber frame house into a reality.

  • Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Garden Walls & Fences: *Improve Backyard Environments *Enhance Privacy & Enjoyment *Define Space & Borders

    Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Garden Walls & Fences: *Improve Backyard Environments *Enhance Privacy & Enjoyment *Define Space & Borders
    Phil Schmidt

    Whether it is for aesthetics, security, or simple privacy, no project is more important to a landscape than its vertical boundary structures €”the fences, walls, screens, and retaining wall terraces. This book includes classic favorites, like picket fences and panel fences, but also includes interesting regional variations, like Virginia split rail fences and dry-fit stone garden walls. Also included here are the latest materials, such as new variations on PVC vinyl and polymer-coated, wrought-iron look-alikes. And special attention is given to decorative boundary walls for patios €”the latest trend in today €™s cutting-edge landscape architecture. Add in major hardscape retaining wall terraces, and even an invisible electronic dog-fence project, and you have the most complete and modern book on fences and garden walls available.

  • The New Low-Maintenance Garden: How to Have a Beautiful, Productive Garden and the Time to Enjoy It

    The New Low-Maintenance Garden: How to Have a Beautiful, Productive Garden and the Time to Enjoy It
    Valerie Easton

    Do you ever lament that you'd love to be able to garden more, but just don't have the time? The demanding pace of modern life leaves little space for the pleasures of gardening. On the other hand, gardening itself could be the culprit: elaborate, traditional perennial borders; water-hungry or disease-prone plants; needy lawns; and high-maintenance plants that require staking or clipping all suck up precious hours. Simply put, we need to start gardening in a whole new way. In this inspiring book, Val Easton shows exactly how to have a low-maintenance garden that doesn't sacrifice style. You won't have to give up your favorite plants or settle for expanses of ugly bark nuggets. You just have to unlearn some bad old habits and pick up some good new ones. So, how do you go about making a "new" low-maintenance garden? First, design your garden with maintenance in mind—good-looking hardscape will both save weeding time and showcase your favorite plants. Second, simplify your garden routines—learn the most efficient planting and maintenance techniques and don't get stressed if everything isn't letter-perfect. Third, learn how to work with nature rather than against it. And finally, embrace home-grown fruits, herbs, and vegetables; well planted containers; and thoughtfully chosen plants.The New Low-Maintenance Garden doesn't just tell you how to garden in a whole new way—it shows you, through profiles and beautiful photographs of real gardens that embody low-maintenance techniques. The pressures of life are not likely to ease up anytime soon, but the lessons of this timely book will help you banish guilt over undone garden chores and revel in your garden successes.

  • The Vegetable Gardener s Book of Building Projects: 39 Indispensable Projects to Increase the Bounty and Beauty of Your Garden

    The Vegetable Gardener’s Book of Building Projects: 39 Indispensable Projects to Increase the Bounty and Beauty of Your Garden
    Editors of Storey Publishing

    Build an efficient and productive garden! These 39 simple-to-make projects are designed to increase your harvest while simultaneously making your garden chores easier. Requiring no specialized equipment or previous woodworking experience, detailed step-by-step instructions guide you through the construction of cold frames, compost bins, raised beds, potting benches, trellises, and more. Most of the projects can be made in just a few hours, so you can spend more time enjoying your beautiful and thriving garden.

  • Knack Treehouses: A Step-by-Step Guide to Designing & Building a Safe & Sound Structure

    Knack Treehouses: A Step-by-Step Guide to Designing & Building a Safe & Sound Structure
    Lon Levin

    Part dreambook and part practical guide, Knack Treehouses takes the reader a big step closer to having a house in the treetops. Replete with 450 full-color photographs, it covers all there is to know about designing, building, and enjoying unique elevated dwellings—both for kids and for adults. It also includes extensive information on materials and building techniques, including tips on tree selection and evaluation. Specific plans are given for trunk treehouses, branch treehouses, and treehouses between two trees, with each plan including step-by-step instructions for safe construction.

  • Tree Houses You Can Actually Build: A Weekend Project Book

    Tree Houses You Can Actually Build: A Weekend Project Book
    David Stiles

    Tree houses capture the imagination of the child in all of us, and they have never been more popular than they are today. This inspirational yet thoroughly practical guide shows even the most inexperienced weekend carpenter how to design and build a lifetime of memories for the entire family. With more than 200,000 copies of their popular Weekend Project Books sold, David and Jeanie Stiles have become America's First Couple of do-it-yourself woodworking. In Tree Houses You Can Actually Build, they explain basic building procedures through clear, simple instructions and non-technical line drawings that illustrate every step of the project, from the earliest sketches to the final cedar shingle. The authors outline five basic designs that can be adapted to virtually any set of conditions, and throughout the book, they emphasize safety for both adults and children. In addition to line drawings, the book contains a section of full-color photographs highlighting a variety of tree house projects, plus helpful building tips based on interviews with their owners.

  • Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Sheds 3rd Edition

    Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Sheds 3rd Edition
    Editors of CPi

    This exciting new 3rd edition of the bestselling title, Black & Decker Complete Guide to Sheds has the perfect plan for anyone who is building his or her own backyard shed.The most popular plans from previous editions are preserved, from small garage-style sheds with overhead doors, to kit sheds, to contemporary utility sheds with a dramatic flair. This new edition delves into new styles that are drawing strong interest today, including tiny sheds, miniature tool sheds, and even small habitable sheds that are designed to function mostly as a quiet retreat for practicing a particular hobby or activity. As with all of the hardworking, practical sheds from earlier editions, the new varieties include full-color step by step photos, complete building plan drawings with cutting lists, and clear how-to instructions.Shed-building, like any other building process, starts with good techniques. That's why the general skills section has been updated and improved. With this complete guide, you can build just about any shed you dream of. Plus, you'll find information on new tools and products that will make your project go faster and more smoothly. Rounded out with helpful information on important considerations like siting and zoning, Black & Decker Complete Guide to Sheds 3rd Edition truly is a complete guide to this very popular DIY activity.

  • Easy-to-Build Birdhouses: Storey s Country Wisdom Bulletin A-212

    Easy-to-Build Birdhouses: Storey’s Country Wisdom Bulletin A-212
    Mary Twitchell

    Since 1973, Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins have offered practical, hands-on instructions designed to help readers master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily. There are now more than 170 titles in this series, and their remarkable popularity reflects the common desire of country and city dwellers alike to cultivate personal independence in everyday life.

  • The Complete Guide to Home Theaters: Tips and Advice On How to Turn Any Room Into a Sensational Home Theater

    The Complete Guide to Home Theaters: Tips and Advice On How to Turn Any Room Into a Sensational Home Theater
    Lisa Montgomery

    You’ve probably seen home theaters in the pages of home improvement and technology magazines like Electronic House. You may have even encountered one at the home of a friend or colleague. Perhaps you’ve stopped at a home electronics store and have seen a home theater there. Have you ever wondered what it takes to create these elegant, high-performing A/V masterpieces?Our Complete Guide to Home Theater Planning will walk you through the process, step by step. As you’ll learn, creating a home theater requires carefully planning to get right, some imagination and plenty of time and patience. It’s hard work, but the results can be phenomenal—something that pleases every member of your family and adds real value to your house. And here’s some really good news: Any room in your house can function admirably as a home theater, as long as you design the space correctly and select and install the A/V equipment carefully. This book discusses the pros and cons of the morphing existing rooms into home theaters, as well as building a space from the ground up. The appropriate types of equipment for each type of space are suggested, and classic mistakes to avoid are divulged. And if being on the cutting edge is important to you, there’s a complete chapter dedicated to a discussion about the new audio and video trends that are worth consideration. You can take your theater project a step further by adding features like dimmable lighting, specialty seating, fiber optic “star” ceilings and more. Although these amenities will add to your bottom line, they’re an effect way to put your own personal stamp on your theater, making it a space that’s uniquely yours. We’ll introduce you to some of these unique home theaters—both ones that have been designed and installed entirely by the homeowners themselves and ones that have been created by seasoned home systems professionals. You’ll gain loads of advice and gather great inspiration for tackling your own home theater project. Good luck and happy home theater building!

  • The Beginner s Guide to Starting a Garden: 326 Fast, Easy, Affordable Ways to Transform Your Yard One Project at a Time

    The Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Garden: 326 Fast, Easy, Affordable Ways to Transform Your Yard One Project at a Time
    Sally Roth

    “Learn how to spend fewer hours and less money on revamping the garden.” —The English Garden The prospect of revamping your yard can be daunting. Where do you start? How do all the areas come together in a beautiful, cohesive way? In The Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Garden, Sally Roth simplifies the process by showing you how to spend fewer hours (and a minimal amount of money) in the garden by tackling one small area at a time. You’ll find garden plans for ten unique areas—the entryway, the shady areas under trees, and more—that can be linked together over time to create a unified yard, and plants that are dependable, easy to find, and look good year after year. You’ll also learn the basics of good design, which plants offer the most bloom for your buck, and how to avoid the most common planting mistakes.

  • The Wood Fire Handbook: The complete guide to a perfect fire

    The Wood Fire Handbook: The complete guide to a perfect fire
    Vincent Thurkettle

    'Sound, well-seasoned advice [on] how to bring wood fires into our lives.' – BBC CountryfileFeatured in the Sunday Telegraph, The Wood Fire Handbook shows you that the soothing effect of dancing flames and glowing embers is a simple pleasure to have in our lives. Understanding everything that underpins the perfect wood fire makes it even more enjoyable. Vincent Thurkettle's handbook is the essential companion and manual.Contents include…Understand which trees make the best firewoodLearn how to split, season, and store woodLay the perfect fireMake an ingenious campfireChoose wood for its scent…and much much more!

  • Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Gazebos & Arbors: Ideas, Techniques and Complete Plans for 15 Great Landscape Projects

    Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Gazebos & Arbors: Ideas, Techniques and Complete Plans for 15 Great Landscape Projects
    Phil Schmidt

    The most complete book on gazebos and arbors you can buy.The Complete Guide to Gazebos & Arbors shows basic techniques for building sheltering structures in the landscape, and provides complete project plans and directions for more than 12 versatile, flexible architectural projects. An overhead arbor can turn a patio or deck into a cool oasis from which to enjoy a landscape, while a gazebo can serve as a full-fledged outdoor room with protective walls, ceilings, and even electrical service. Every reader will find this book to be an indispensable source of planning, design, and practical how-to information.

  • The Pallet Book: DIY Projects for the Home, Garden, and Homestead

    The Pallet Book: DIY Projects for the Home, Garden, and Homestead
    Chris Peterson

    Upcycle that unwanted wood! Join home improvement author Chris Peterson for a complete guide to deconstructing and repurposing pallets to serve a new purpose. From quick and easy builds like a bird house and a wall clock to more complex projects like a garden cold frame and a kitchen island, there's something for everyone—and every pallet. Some projects, like the raised bed, showcase the pallet. For others, like the side table, you'd be hard-pressed to guess the wood was free. Peterson also dishes out must-have pallet knowledge, including the basic tools for breakdown, finish options, and key information on pallet safety. Projects Include: Cold FrameWorkbenchChild’s SandboxCoat Rack and ShelfShoe ShelvesBookshelvesKitchen IslandBar StoolsDog HouseDeskAnd much more!

  • Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Porches & Patio Rooms: Sunrooms, Patio Enclosures, Breezeways & Screened Porches

    Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Porches & Patio Rooms: Sunrooms, Patio Enclosures, Breezeways & Screened Porches
    Phil Schmidt

    A modern twist on a nostalgic favorite Nothing says elegant, genteel living like a well built, well appointed porch or sunroom. The Complete Guide to Porches & Patio Rooms offers design advice and easy-to-follow, concise instructions for adding living spaces that bring the indoors and outdoors together in delightful ways. In addition to offering hundreds of inspirational ideas, the book provides thorough plans and photo directions for six versatile, flexible architectural projects. For the 500,000 homeowners now building sunrooms each year, this book explores the most popular functions and then offers step-by-step instructions to design and build those specific spaces. For example, an open porch can be used for social gatherings, as a sheltered outdoor cooking space, or simply be added simply to improve a home €™s curb appeal. A sunroom can serve as a full room addition to a home, complete with protective walls, ceilings, and electrical service; can serve as an indoor garden space for green living plants; or could be put into service as a music conservatory for an elegant grand piano. This book is an indispensable source of information on planning, designing, and building the addition of your dreams, from digging foundations to final decorating.

  • Backyard Building: Treehouses, Sheds, Arbors, Gates, and Other Garden Projects (Countryman Know How)

    Backyard Building: Treehouses, Sheds, Arbors, Gates, and Other Garden Projects (Countryman Know How)
    Jean Stiles

    Here is the very best of backyard building: Popular building authors Jeanie and David Stiles—whose treehouse once garnered a spread in Architectural Digest—have gathered dozens of original plans for treehouses, playhouses, and sheds, as well as a summer house, tea house, garden arbor, and functional workroom. Backyard Building will cover backyard accessories, the fundamentals of tools and materials, and useful tips based on real-life questions from the couple’s popular website. Its unique style, with hand-drawn illustrations to guide the reader through the building process in a user-friendly way, stands out from the crowd. The clear, detailed drawings are not only easy to follow but a pleasure to look at; they are supplemented by irresistible color photographs.

  • Black & Decker The Complete Guide: Maintain Your Pool & Spa: Repair & Upkeep Made Easy

    Black & Decker The Complete Guide: Maintain Your Pool & Spa: Repair & Upkeep Made Easy
    Rich Binsacca

    Better maintenance means more enjoyment of your pool or spa.Black & Decker The Complete Guide Maintain Your Pool & Spa will both inspire and educate readers on the practical points of owning and maintaining a home swimming pool, hot tub, or recreational whirlpool.For those considering a recreational water feature, an exciting gallery chapter and a planning/design chapter will show the latest trends and products, and unique new ways to integrate a pool or spa into the landscape. The book also includes an overview of each type of structure, including above-ground and in-ground swimming pools, stand-alone whirlpools, integrated pool/spa installations, and pool houses and accessories. For readers who already own a pool or spa, lengthy, detailed chapters on basic maintenance, water quality, seasonal upkeep, and routine repairs provide everything needed to keep water features in good operating condition. Even the mechanical systems – pumps, heaters, drains and skimmers – are covered in depth. With this book, no pool or spa owner will need to spend money on a professional pool-care service, and may never need to call a repairman.

  • Microshelters: 59 Creative Cabins, Tiny Houses, Tree Houses, and Other Small Structures

    Microshelters: 59 Creative Cabins, Tiny Houses, Tree Houses, and Other Small Structures
    Derek “Deek” Diedricksen

    If you dream of living in a tiny house, or creating a getaway in the backwoods or your backyard, you’ll love this gorgeous collection of creative and inspiring ideas for tiny houses, cabins, forts, studios, and other microshelters. Created by a wide array of builders and designers around the United States and beyond, these 59 unique and innovative structures show you the limits of what is possible. Each is displayed in full-color photographs accompanied by commentary by the author. In addition, Diedricksen includes six sets of building plans by leading designers to help you get started on a microshelter of your own. You’ll also find guidelines on building with recycled and salvaged materials, plus techniques for making your small space comfortable and easy to inhabit.

  • Winnebago Nation: The RV in American Culture

    Winnebago Nation: The RV in American Culture
    James B. Twitchell

    In Winnebago Nation, popular critic James B. Twitchell takes a light-hearted look at the culture and industry behind the yearning to spend the night in one's car. For the young the roadtrip is a coming-of-age ceremony; for those later in life it is the realization of a lifelong desire to be spontaneous, nomadic, and free. Informed by his own experiences on the road, Twitchell recounts the RV's origins and evolution over the twentieth century; its rise, fall, and rebirth as a cultural icon; its growing mechanical complexity as it evolved from an estate wagon to a converted bus to a mobile home; and its role in bolstering and challenging conceptions of American identity. Mechanical yet dreamy, independent yet needful, solitary yet clubby, adventurous yet homebound, life in a mobile home is a distillation of the American character and an important embodiment of American exceptionalism, (Richie Rich and Hobo Hank spend time in essentially the same rig at the same campground, albeit for different reasons and in different levels of comfort.) The frontier may be tapped out but we still yearn for the exploratory life. Twitchell concludes with his thoughts on the future of RV communities and the possibility of mobile cities becoming a real part of the American landscape.

  • Keep Out!: Build Your Own Backyard Clubhouse: A Step-by-Step Guide

    Keep Out!: Build Your Own Backyard Clubhouse: A Step-by-Step Guide
    Lee Mothes

    Build your own unique backyard playhouse. In this inspiring guide, Lee Mothes shows you how easy it is to construct the hideout of your kids’ dreams. With simple step-by-step instructions and plenty of innovative ideas to engage kids throughout the building process, the whole family can get involved in the fun. You’ll love constructing a personalized clubhouse with your kids, and your kids will enjoy playing in it for years to come. Just don’t forget the secret password.

  • Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Sheds, 2nd Edition: Utility, Storage, Playhouse, Mini-Barn, Garden, Backyard Retreat, More

    Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Sheds, 2nd Edition: Utility, Storage, Playhouse, Mini-Barn, Garden, Backyard Retreat, More
    Editors of CPi

    This second edition of CPi's “Complete Guide to Contemporary Sheds” picks up where the original left off. All of the most popular shed plans are still here, plus we've added several new designs to further widen the scope of the styles and plans. Because sheds with overhead doors are very popular with homeowners who drive a riding lawn mower or own a snow thrower, we feature a third mini-garage type shed. All major construction steps are shown in clear, full-color photos, accompanied by materials lists and a full set of plan drawings. For those who simply want a nice-looking outbuilding that's easy to build, we've added new utility shed plans to the mix. Combined with more than a dozen full sets of shed plans and step-by-step photos, the up-front technique material shows you how to accomplish every aspect of shed-building, from design to adding roof coverings.

  • Building Stone Walls

    Building Stone Walls
    John Vivian

    Rustic and charming or stately and proud, a well-built stone wall can add personality and beauty to your property. John Vivian’s lively approach and step-by-step instructions encourage you to transform a pile of rocks into an enduring landscape feature with gates, retaining walls, or stiles to suit your needs. Whatever unique challenges come with your site — poor drainage, sloping ground, or low-quality rubble material — Vivian offers innovative designs and reproducible methods to help you build a beautiful, long-lasting wall.

  • Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Decks 6th edition: Featuring the latest tools, skills, designs, materials & codes

    Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Decks 6th edition: Featuring the latest tools, skills, designs, materials & codes
    Editors of Cool Springs Press

    Be inspired by new design and follow the latest codes as you custom build the deck of your dreams! Architecture, building codes, and design are not static; they change constantly. That's why there's a new edition of the bestselling Black & Decker: The Complete Guide to Decks, incorporating updates to national building codes, as well as new developments in building materials and design. Calling attention to composite deckboards and railings, as well as other PVC products made from recycled plastic, the new materials systems featured in this book are environmentally friendly, easy to work with, rot resistant, and very low maintenance. Whether you opt for manufactured deck products or wood, the success of your project depends upon a sturdy deck undercarriage. Accomplishing this isn't difficult, but building the framework requires that you have the latest information on building codes. In recent years, these codes have changed significantly, affecting everything from post diameter to allowable joist hangers to railing height and even the size of concrete footings. Black & Decker: The Complete Guide to Decks is the only DIY deck book that's fully updated to conform to the latest codes. Chapters covered in the book include: Deck Planning & Design Deck Materials & Tools Structural Support Decking Stairs Railings Accessories Finishing & Maintaining Your Deck Custom Deck Projects Gallery of Inspiring Decks Black & Decker: The Complete Guide to Decks offers complete step-by-step photos and instructions, so even homeowners with limited DIY experience are assured of a deck that meets their needs. So, don't wait any longer; build the deck of your dreams and start enjoying it!

  • Building Nest Boxes for Backyard Birds: Storey s Country Wisdom Bulletin A-206

    Building Nest Boxes for Backyard Birds: Storey’s Country Wisdom Bulletin A-206
    Christyna M. Laubach

    This concise guide offers easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for building eight different nestboxes. Each nestbox is designed to attract and house different kinds of backyard birds, including bluebirds, swallows, wrens, chickadees, nuthatches, Red-Bellied Woodpeckers, Northern Flickers, Wood Ducks, Hooded Mergansers, American Kestrals, Screech Owls, Northern Saw-Whet Owls, and Great Crested or Ash-Throated Flycatchers.

  • 150 Best Terrace and Balcony Ideas

    150 Best Terrace and Balcony Ideas
    Irene Alegre

    150 Best Terrace and Balcony Ideas is the ultimate resource for innovative terrace, roof garden, patio, and balcony design ideas for outdoor spaces of all shapes and sizes. Featured inside this lavish guidebook are 150 never-before-shared tips and techniques provided by internationally renowned architects and designers, along with full-color photographs and diagrams of sixty-five uniquely beautiful projects from around the world. The design ideas reveal how to create exterior spaces that are clean, modern, and comfortable, as well as how to use cutting-edge materials that are practical, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly. Best of all, the design ideas featured inside are easy to follow and can be tailored to the unique tastes and needs of individual homeowners.

  • Driveways, Paths and Patios

    Driveways, Paths and Patios
    Tony McCormack

    Driveways, paths and patios are an essential part of most properties and this comprehensive book provides a detailed explanation of exactly how they are designed, planned and constructed. Discusses the design of driveways, paths and patios with reference to their planned use, style, size, gradients and special features such as steps, ramps and terraces. Considers the range of materials available including block paving, flags, slabs, setts, cubes, cobbles, loose aggregates, plain & patterned concrete and tarmac. Analyses how to estimate costs and making the choice between the DIY approach and using a professional contractor. Examines the critical issue of drainage. Lays bare the mathematics associated with accurate setting-out and levelling. Describes the range of tools and equipment needed. Details the correct constructions of kerbs and edging and laying methods for flags, block paving and much more.

  • Hand-Built Outdoor Furniture: 20 Step-by-Step Projects Anyone Can Build

    Hand-Built Outdoor Furniture: 20 Step-by-Step Projects Anyone Can Build
    Katie Jackson

    Selected as a Gardens Illustrated Recommended ReadHand-Built Outdoor Furniture covers twenty step-by-step, fully illustrated projects with hundreds of clear and easy-to-follow photographs. Finished pieces include simple items include a trellis, a flower box, and a plant stand and more complicated projects include a chaise lounge, a sectional with built-in storage, and a slat bench. Katie Jackson's projects are simple, clean, and timeless and work well within a wide variety of styles. Hand-Built Outdoor Furniture is the perfect primer for people new to woodworking, DIYers, and homeowners looking for a simple and affordable to decorate their space.

  • Easy Jams, Chutneys and Preserves

    Easy Jams, Chutneys and Preserves
    John Harrison

    This book explains all you need to know to make your own delicious jams, jellies, marmalades, fruit butters, fruit cheeses, chutneys and pickles, including details of all the necessary equipment, how to choose the best fruit and vegetables to use, and how to make sure the jam sets properly to produce the best results.In these straitened times, more and more people are keen to save money by making jams, jellies and chutneys from the surplus of their own homegrown fruit and vegetables or from free fruit, such as blackberries, available in nearby hedgerows. Val and John Harrison show how easy it is to collect together the required ingredients and start making your own produce.

  • Martial Arts Home Training: The Complete Guide to the Construction and Use of Home Training Equipment

    Martial Arts Home Training: The Complete Guide to the Construction and Use of Home Training Equipment
    Mike Young

    In Martial Arts Home Training: The Complete Guide to the Construction and Use of Home Training Equipment, police and SWAT trainer Mike Young shows you how to make and use ingenious home training aids-from such inexpensive, easily obtainable resources as a grocery bag, an old towel, a worn-out tire, or various construction-site scraps-to enhance your martial arts practice.Included in this martial arts book are simple instructions for a wide array of equipment for the home martial arts studio, including the shadowboxing towel; footwork, balance, and leg developer; multipurpose tire; precision blocking stick; heavy-duty striking post; grocery bag; small hanging bag; and choking dummy.Martial Arts Home Training sets out Mike Young's patented "rock & roll" methods for getting the most out of your training equipment and your training time. With the twin maxims "correct practice makes perfect" and "KISS" (keep it simple, stupid) always in mind, Young provides a thorough grounding in the essentials of developing home training equipment and the fundamentals of maintaining the diligent yet playful attitude necessary to get the most from it.

  • Building a Deck - For Beginners

    Building a Deck – For Beginners
    John Nanto

    "Building A Deck, For Beginners" is for anyone wanting to build their own deck at home.Whether you want a large deck or a small deck you can find the job overwhelming if you haven't got the right instructions and advice to hand. This book gives you simple to follow guidance so that you can avoid the common mistakes people make when building a deck at home.You will discover practical advice, tips and techniques so that you can determine exactly what you need, set a budget and create an amazing looking deck at home, quickly and easily!

  • Landscaping for Privacy: Innovative Ways to Turn Your Outdoor Space into a Peaceful Retreat

    Landscaping for Privacy: Innovative Ways to Turn Your Outdoor Space into a Peaceful Retreat
    Marty Wingate

    The area around your home is your haven, your sanctuary, your refuge from the noise and irritation of traffic, eyesores, and nosy neighbors. Or at least it could be if there was some sort of barrier between your front yard and the sidewalk, or if you didn't have to stare at the back of the neighbors' garage when you want to relax on your patio. Landscaping for Privacy brims with creative ideas for minimizing or even eliminating the nuisances that intrude on your personal outdoor space. Scores of real-world examples show you how to keep the outside world at bay by strategically placing buffers (such as berms or groups of small trees), barriers (such as fences), and screens (arbors or hedges, for example) around your property. And the helpful plant lists tell you precisely which varieties to choose in order to enhance your sense of seclusion. If you've ever felt frustrated by the lack of privacy whenever you step outside your home, this inspiring book will steer you toward an achievable solution.

  • Hydroponics: Amazing DIY Hydroponic Gardening Guide for Beginners. Learn How to Easily Grow Fruits, Vegetables & Herbs

    Hydroponics: Amazing DIY Hydroponic Gardening Guide for Beginners. Learn How to Easily Grow Fruits, Vegetables & Herbs
    Albert Nelson

    Have you ever heard of Hydroponics? Have you perhaps heard about it but you're eager to know more? Is there even a chance you want to begin growing your own fruits, vegetables and plants through Hydroponics? Have you perhaps tried Hydroponics in the past but you just didn't have enough knowledge or education on how such a thing worked? If you answered "yes" to any of these, then this is the perfect, educational and informational book for you! If you want to know more about what Hydroponics is, how the different types of Hydroponics work and how you can begin to grow your very own fruits, vegetables and plants through this process, then this book can teach you!However, sometimes, you will find, that learning about a new topic or understanding how to take up a new hobby can seem overwhelming, confusing and be even downright frustrating! For some, Hydroponics is a completely new topic and for others, maybe you have even tried a Hydroponics process before and you didn't have the experience you'd hoped. Whatever your reasons for frustration or stress might be, not to worry! This book understands and is written with your worries in mind!This book will break down hydroponics into an easy to understand process as well as talk you through many step-by-step processes that will help you to understand Hydroponics as a whole. You will never have to worry about becoming overwhelmed, frustrated or confused. Furthermore, you always have the option to work at your own pace while going through this book and even go back and review if you need to! You can always take your time and learn at your own pace!This book includes:-Information on what Hydroponics is and how it works-Information on how Hydroponics is different from organic and regular growing-An entire chapter explaining the different types of Hydroponics-Several step-by-step processes of Hydroponics tutorials so you can create your own!-Tips and Tricks along the way to help you better understand and utilize Hydroponics!

  • The Electricity of Every Living Thing: A Woman’s Walk in the Wild to Find Her Way Home

    The Electricity of Every Living Thing: A Woman’s Walk in the Wild to Find Her Way Home
    Katherine May

    Perfect for fans of The Salt Path and The Outrun, this book is a life-affirming exploration of wild landscapes, what it means to be different and, above all, how we can all learn to make peace within our own unquiet minds.'A windswept tale, beautifully told' Raynor Winn – The Salt Path 'A manifesto for the value of difficult people. I loved it' Amy Liptrot – The OutrunIn August 2015, Katherine May set out to walk the 630-mile South West Coast Path. She wanted to understand why she had stopped coping with everyday life; why motherhood had been so overwhelming and isolating, and why the world felt full of inundation and expectations she can't meet. Setting her feet down on the rugged and difficult path by the sea, the answer begins to unfold. It's a chance encounter with a voice on the radio that sparks a realisation that she has Asperger's Syndrome. The Electricity of Every Living Thing tells the story of the year in which Katherine comes to terms with her diagnosis. It leads to a re-evaluation of her life so far – a kinder one, which finally allows her to be different rather than simply awkward, arrogant or unfeeling. The physical and psychological journeys become inextricably entwined, and as Katherine finds her way across the untameable coast, she also finds the way to herself.What readers are saying about The Electricity of Every Living Thing:'This book showed a realistic view of how autism feels to some people, and it's explained so well''The astonishing sensitivity and awareness in her writing, both about the beautiful landscapes and nature around on her walks, and in relation to her family, friends and self put paid to many outdated myths about what it is like to be autistic''Compelling and transformative'

  • Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Treehouses, 2nd edition: Design & Build Your Kids a Treehouse

    Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Treehouses, 2nd edition: Design & Build Your Kids a Treehouse
    Philip Schmidt

    Treehouses are more popular today than ever before. Our original treehouse book, The Complete Guide: Build Your Kids a Treehouse, was published in 2007. It exceeded all sales projections right out of the gate and continues to be a leading title in the treehouse category. Now, we've made it even better. The expanded edition features three all-new treehouses shown in complete step by step detail, along with full plans. Also includes an expanded inspiration section, offering a wider variety of unique and interesting treehouses that generate ideas and excitement. Exciting book for parents or grandparents to use with their children.

  • The Complete Guide to Building Backyard Ponds, Fountains, and Waterfalls for Homeowners: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply

    The Complete Guide to Building Backyard Ponds, Fountains, and Waterfalls for Homeowners: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply
    Melissa Samaroo

    In today s economy, homeowners are looking for a way to increase the value of their houses in a unique and cost-effective way. According to HGTV, the popular home and garden cable television station, water features are currently among the hottest landscaping trends in the United States. They offer a way to increase a home s resell value and provide a creative outlet for homeowners. Whether you are looking to create a lush outdoor paradise, complete with waterfalls and fish-filled ponds, or you simply want a conservative balcony fountain, this book can show you how to build your own backyard escape no matter your budget. According to the Atlanta-based National Pond Society, there are approximately 9 million pond hobbyists in the United States today. Water features provide a calm oasis for homeowners to visit after a hectic day. Many new in-ground swimming pools are designed around a waterfall or fountain, and homeowners are adding these features to older pools. If building a pool is beyond your budget, consider adding a small stand-alone fountain to partake in this trend. The Complete Guide to Building Backyard Ponds, Fountains, and Waterfalls for Homeowners provides step-by-step instructions and design plans for building a variety of water features. This book provides you with a brief history of how water features have been used in the architecture of past civilizations and how you can assess your design preferences based on these styles. The book will show you how to appraise the size, shape, and topography of your yard to decide which features will work best in your space. You will be questioned on how you intend to use your yard on a regular basis so you can pick a feature that works with your lifestyle. Once you have assessed your style and space, you will be given a variety of design plans for various basic and complex water features, complete with step-by-step instructions, dimensions, and supply lists. You will learn about pumps, filters, and supplying electricity to your water feature, including safety standards for working with electricity and water. You will learn which tasks you are capable of completing yourself and when you should call a licensed professional. Once you have installed your water feature, you will be given advice on adding those special touches to your landscaping project. Tips for adding rock structures, plants, and fish to your water features help complete the project. Finally, you will learn how to care and maintain your water feature to keep your backyard looking beautiful. We have spent hundreds of hours interviewing landscaping artists and homeowners just like you who can offer tips and tricks for completing your backyard makeover. Whether you are looking to increase the value of your home or just want to find your own little piece of paradise, this book can help you build a backyard oasis that you can enjoy for many years to come. Atlantic Publishing is a small, independent publishing company based in Ocala, Florida. Founded over twenty years ago in the company president s garage, Atlantic Publishing has grown to become a renowned resource for non-fiction books. Today, over 450 titles are in print covering subjects such as small business, healthy living, management, finance, careers, and real estate. Atlantic Publishing prides itself on producing award winning, high-quality manuals that give readers up-to-date, pertinent information, real-world examples, and case studies with expert advice. Every book has resources, contact information, and web sites of the products or companies discussed.

  • Build the Right Fencing for Horses: Storey s Country Wisdom Bulletin A-193

    Build the Right Fencing for Horses: Storey’s Country Wisdom Bulletin A-193
    Jackie Clay

    Since 1973, Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins have offered practical, hands-on instructions designed to help readers master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily. There are now more than 170 titles in this series, and their remarkable popularity reflects the common desire of country and city dwellers alike to cultivate personal independence in everyday life.

  • 365 Days Wild

    365 Days Wild
    Lucy McRobert

    365 inspirational suggestions for enjoying nature. These 'Random Acts of Wildness' will encourage you to fall in love with, learn about or even help wildlife and wild places near you. A Random Act of Wildness is any little thing that you can do as part of your day, to enjoy nature. It can take a few seconds – like smelling a wildflower on the way to work; or a few hours – like creating a whole area for wildlife in your garden. Some Random Acts of Wildness don’t take any time at all, but instead are little changes to your daily routine that will ultimately be better for wildlife, like buying a reusable coffee cup. The best Random Acts of Wildness immerse you (if only for a few seconds) in nature, setting your senses alight. Smelling freshly fallen rain, tasting the sweet explosion of a fresh blackberry as you pop it in your mouth, wriggling your toes in the icy waters of a stream, waking up to bird song. It’s not just about seeing, but experiencing the wild in every way possible. Let this beautifully photographed adventure guide inspire you and help you to discover your 'wildest' life.

  • Mary s Household Tips and Tricks: Your Guide to Happiness in the Home

    Mary’s Household Tips and Tricks: Your Guide to Happiness in the Home
    Mary Berry

    One of the Guardian's TOP TEN BOOKS to gift. 'It's practical AND beautiful . . . an ideal gift' Graham Norton, BBC Radio 2Britain's best-loved cook and national treasure Mary Berry lets readers in on her very own household secrets . . . A comprehensive, beautifully illustrated guide that shares her greatest tips on how to care for your home. 'This book is a collection of skills I've learned for running a home. Gleaned from years of practical experience, along with all the hints that friends and family have imparted to me, I hope it will be a helping hand' – Mary BerryInside you'll find . . . A KITCHEN KNOW-HOW for the heart of your home – Freezer tips – Organize your food – CLEANING & CONFIGURING YOUR HOME – Create cleaning products from store cupboard items – LAUNDRY & WARDROBE WISDOM – Banish moths from your home for good – Remove stains from every kind of fabric – get green fingered with GARDENING & FLOWERS – Bring greenery into your home even without a garden – Create beautiful flower arrangements – And finally master the art of HOSTING & ADDING THE EXTRA TOUCHES for sparkling parties at home.Easy to use, practical and gorgeously illustrated, Mary's Household Tips & Tricks covers everything from Mary's golden rules for baking to her favourite flowers for each season, from how to polish silver to whether tea should be poured before or after milk. With secrets for accomplishing the most challenging home-keeping tasks with ease, Mary's wonderfully simple book will help turn any house into a home.'The Queen of British baking has whipped up a recipe for home happiness' The Independent'A domestic goddess' The Daily Telegraph

  • Deck Ideas You Can Use: Creative Deck Designs for Every Home & Yard

    Deck Ideas You Can Use: Creative Deck Designs for Every Home & Yard
    Chris Peterson

    A comprehensive deck design tool that is packed with useful information and stunning, full-color photos. From choosing deck materials to complementing the architecture of your house, this book covers every aspect of the design process to help you create a custom deck that's perfect for your home and yard. Written and researched by noted DIY author and designer Chris Peterson, this is an all-new expansion of backlist favorite Portfolio of Deck Ideas. More than 250 all-new photos, plus all-new text and all-new attitude make this the most satisfying and useful deck ideas book you can find today, and at an attractive price point.

  • Build a Pond for Food & Fun: Storey s Country Wisdom Bulletin A-19

    Build a Pond for Food & Fun: Storey’s Country Wisdom Bulletin A-19
    D. J. Young

    Since 1973, Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins have offered practical, hands-on instructions designed to help readers master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily. There are now more than 170 titles in this series, and their remarkable popularity reflects the common desire of country and city dwellers alike to cultivate personal independence in everyday life.

  • Woodwork Projects for the Garden; A Collection of Designs and Instructions for the Making of Wooden Furniture and Accessories for the Garden

    Woodwork Projects for the Garden; A Collection of Designs and Instructions for the Making of Wooden Furniture and Accessories for the Garden
    Anon

    This book contains a lovely collection of woodwork projects for the making of garden furniture and accessories. Including such items as 'A Useful Peg Box', a 'Miniature Weathercock' and a 'Garden Table and Seats', this book provides you wit some beautiful furnishings for your garden. With designs of varying difficulties, this book should suit most levels of woodwork skill.

  • Black & Decker The Complete Outdoor Builder: From Arbors to Walkways: 150 DIY Projects

    Black & Decker The Complete Outdoor Builder: From Arbors to Walkways: 150 DIY Projects
    Editors of CPi

    Adding beautiful, functional patios and walkways to the yard has never been easier thanks to this book. Over 150 projects and hundreds of instructional photographs combine with informative tips, tricks, and inspiration for the most comprehensive patio and walkway book on the market. From low-cost, curb-appeal walkways to expansive, estate-quality decorative concrete patios complete with outdoor kitchens, this book presents each project with step-by-step instructions and full-color photographs as well as informative tips, tricks, and inspiration. Each project uses the most current materials, tools, common practices, codes, and construction techniques to help readers add value to their homes and allow them to enjoy their outdoor spaces to full potential. Whether an existing patio needs to be freshened up or an unused space in the yard is just waiting to be put to use, this book is a crucial resource for do-it-yourself homeowners.

  • Black & Decker The Complete Guide to DIY Greenhouses, Updated 2nd Edition: Build Your Own Greenhouses, Hoophouses, Cold Frames & Greenhouse Accessories

    Black & Decker The Complete Guide to DIY Greenhouses, Updated 2nd Edition: Build Your Own Greenhouses, Hoophouses, Cold Frames & Greenhouse Accessories
    Philip Schmidt

    BLACK+DECKER The Complete Guide to DIY Greenhouses contains building plans, information, and tips to help you build and run your own greenhouse from the ground up. Laser-focused on building greenhouses for the home gardener, it's the most complete title on DIY greenhouses you'll find anywhere. Featuring full-color step-by-step photos and comprehensive how-to instructions, the book features full plans for structures that are designed to extend the gardening season. From ornate, Victorian style greenhouses to basic cold frames, you're sure to find a project that meets your needs and fits your space. In this new edition, you'll find several new plans to expand the range of options, including a geodesic-dome greenhouse, a custom greenhouse with a fieldstone foundation, more kit greenhouses, and even a super-efficient greenhouse built completely from upcycled building materials- the greenest greenhouse you'll find!BLACK+DECKER The Complete Guide to DIY Greenhouses gives an updated look at new materials and products, along with tips for siting and orienting, helps you make good design choices. Complete sections on heaters, ventilation and watering systems show you how to set up and operate your greenhouse for maximum benefit. Building a greenhouse, even a relatively complex "stick-built" style is a surprisingly easy DIY project and one that is sure to delight any gardener in your family.

  • HomeSkills: Landscaping: How to Use Plants, Structures & Surfaces to Transform Your Yard

    HomeSkills: Landscaping: How to Use Plants, Structures & Surfaces to Transform Your Yard
    Editors of Cool Springs Press

    DIVAs part of our comprehensive HomeSkills DIY series, HomeSkills: Landscaping will make your lawn space the envy of your neighborhood./divDIV/divDIVTake a quick glance outside your window. What do you see? If it €™s a sprawling panorama of flawless landscaping design, if it looks uncannily like a postcard, then you €™re all set! But if, like most of us, your yard is just a bit lacking, then this is your how-to guide to finally achieving the outdoor space you €™ve always wanted. HomeSkills: Landscaping offers a complete look at every aspect of landscaping, from early design to project execution. First, you €™ll gain an overview of the many options at your disposal, exclusively featuring popular DIY products that are readily available and affordable. You €™ll learn which design effect will best fit your particular home landscape, be it a flagstone patio, a vinyl fence or a healthy row of perfectly situated arbor vitae. And no matter which direction you take, this hardworking book will seamlessly bring you there by covering all the essential landscaping skills, from proper excavation and boulder transportation to planting shrubs and sand-setting interlocking pavers. Patios, walkways, overhead arbors, windbreaks, fences and gates . . . you €™ll learn the best techniques for creating all of the beautiful planted and built elements that define any successful home landscape. Best of all, your new space will be cherished by family and friends alike €”and the neighbors will quickly forget their jealousy when they €™re enjoying it alongside you./divDIV/divDIVCheck out our five other HomeSkills guides on carpentry, deck building, plumbing, tiling, and wiring./div

  • How to Build Your Own Greenhouse: Designs and Plans to Meet Your Growing Needs

    How to Build Your Own Greenhouse: Designs and Plans to Meet Your Growing Needs
    Roger Marshall

    Unlock new growing opportunities and increase your property value with an outdoor conservatory. In this illustrated guide, Roger Marshall shows you how to build our own greenhouse using simple, easy-to-follow techniques. Covering everything from selecting a site to glazing glass, Marshall includes tips on laying a foundation, construction materials, ventilation, and much more. Whether your goal is to stretch the growing season or create a lush space for a year-round hot tub, you can build the greenhouse of your dreams.

  • HomeSkills: Building Decks: All the Information You Need to Design & Build Your Own Deck

    HomeSkills: Building Decks: All the Information You Need to Design & Build Your Own Deck
    Editors of Cool Springs Press

    DIVAs part of our comprehensive HomeSkills DIY series, HomeSkills: Building Decks takes the fear out of adding the perfect outdoor element to your house./divDIV/divDIVThere €™s a reason that deck building is the most popular do-it-yourself home improvement undertaking today: not only are decks an attractive, customizable component of classic American construction, they also allow for entertainment and relaxation in a way that indoor spaces simply can €™t. So if your house is already in top working order, and your lawn is looking mighty green this year, chances are there €™s only one thing missing €”a deck. Fortunately, with all the innovative new products and materials coming onto the market, decks are easier to self-design and build than ever before. As it turns out, you €™re only one how-to book away from creating the deck of your dreams. In HomeSkills: Building Decks, the expert editors of Cool Springs Press join forces to cover every aspect of deck building, providing streamlined project descriptions with crystal-clear photos that leave no room for guesswork. You €™ll learn how to plan and design, then select materials, dig postholes, hang joists, and install the decking itself. We even cover stairs, railings, overheads, and extra accessories like screens and arbors. With 300 illustrations and 10 supplementary diagrams, one thorough book prevents two things from collapsing: you and your shiny new deck. And that €™s good for all of us./divDIV/divDIVCheck out our five other HomeSkills guides on carpentry, landscaping, plumbing, tiling, and wiring./div

  • Black & Decker The Complete Outdoor Builder - Updated Edition: From Arbors to Walkways 150 DIY Projects

    Black & Decker The Complete Outdoor Builder – Updated Edition: From Arbors to Walkways 150 DIY Projects
    Editors of Cool Springs Press

    Find more than 150 projects for building custom decks, patios, fences, sheds, and more! From building a new deck to creating a garden pathway, the great outdoors is the most popular place for homeowners to showcase their creativity and skill. With more than 150 outdoor building projects shown with step-by-step photography, Complete Outdoor Builder has a project for anyone, guaranteed to improve your yard. This updated and redesigned book is now available with a handsome hardcover, and it's sure to find a permanent place on the shelf of anyone who wants to create and maintain a beautiful outdoor living space. Some of the projects covered in Complete Outdoor Builder include: – Multilevel deck – Trellis gate – Composite railings – Stone moon window – Sheds – Walkway – Playhouse – Treehouse – Landscape steps – Arbor – . . . and much more! The Complete Outdoor Builder includes a wide range of projects and appeals to all skill levels. Building decks and patios are among the most popular categories for outdoor construction, and you'll find all the techniques and skills–as well as complete lists of tools and materials required–to design and build your own. Complete Outdoor Builder also offers plans and revamped photography for more than a dozen designs that you can replicate or use as inspiration for a custom project. Designed, built, and photographed by professionals, the fun projects in this book also have the stamp of approval from Black & Decker(r), the most trusted name in DIY tools and equipment. Roll up your sleeves; it's time to build something great.

  • Black & Decker Complete Guide to Patios - 3rd Edition: A DIY Guide to Building Patios, Walkways & Outdoor Steps

    Black & Decker Complete Guide to Patios – 3rd Edition: A DIY Guide to Building Patios, Walkways & Outdoor Steps
    Editors of Cool Springs Press

    DIVBlack & Decker The Complete Guide to Patios gets a fresh update with the latest products, even more projects, and all-new photos./divDIV/divDIVWith all of the DIY-friendly products for backyard building available today, the only reason not to build your own patio or walkway is that you don €™t know how. That €™s about to change. In Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Patios (3rd Edition), the expert editors of Cool Springs Press arm you with thorough, comprehensive information for virtually any patio or walkway undertaking you can think of. An extensive materials and design section helps you wrap your head around all the upfront planning, and the over 30 step-by-step patio, walkway, and landscape projects within are illustrated with detailed, brand-new photographs to guide your progress along the way. Whether you prefer more traditional materials €”interlocking blocks and pavers, poured concrete, flagstone, loose gravel and mulch €”or you want to be on the cutting edge of the industry with new artificial pavers, geogrid synthetics, and pervious concrete, we €™ve diligently updated this guide to include it all. Finished with a new ending chapter that shows you how to fully customize your DIY patio or walkway, the inspiration inside Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Patios perfectly aligns with all the needs of today €™s do-it-yourself homeowner./div

  • Easy-to-Build Bird Feeders: Storey s Country Wisdom Bulletin A-209

    Easy-to-Build Bird Feeders: Storey’s Country Wisdom Bulletin A-209
    Mary Twitchell

    Since 1973, Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins have offered practical, hands-on instructions designed to help readers master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily. There are now more than 170 titles in this series, and their remarkable popularity reflects the common desire of country and city dwellers alike to cultivate personal independence in everyday life.

  • A Landowner s Guide to Managing Your Woods: How to Maintain a Small Acreage for Long-Term Health, Biodiversity, and High-Quality Timber Production

    A Landowner’s Guide to Managing Your Woods: How to Maintain a Small Acreage for Long-Term Health, Biodiversity, and High-Quality Timber Production
    Anne Larkin Hansen

    Whether you have a few acres of trees in the suburbs or a small commercial forest, you can encourage a healthy and sustainable ecosystem through proper woodland management. This introductory guide shows you how to identify the type, health, and quality of your trees and suggests strategies for keeping your woodland thriving.

  • Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Outdoor Carpentry, Updated 2nd Edition: Complete Plans for Beautiful Backyard Building Projects

    Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Outdoor Carpentry, Updated 2nd Edition: Complete Plans for Beautiful Backyard Building Projects
    Editors of Cool Springs Press

    See how easy it is to build your own backyard oasis. Outdoor carpentry projects using cedar, redwood, and pressure-treated pine are perfect for Do-It-Yourselfers of all skill levels, since the materials are easy to work with, and the results are rewarding. Enjoy outdoor furnishings you can create yourself. Items made with quality materials last much longer and cost less, in the long run, than off-the-shelf items. With classic swings for kids and adults, arbors for gardeners and even a table that folds, there's something in The Complete Guide to Outdoor Carpentry for everyone! Over three dozen projects are included, ranging from seating, entertaining, recreational and storage, to overheads and arbors. New projects, unique to this edition, include: 5-board bench, picnic table, folding table, outdoor occasional table, deck-railing planter, window box, Arts-and-Crafts mahogany gate, sheltered swing, outdoor serving cart, arbor and garden bridge. All the projects within this book can be built in a weekend with ordinary power hand tools and materials available at any local home center or hardware store. Each project has complete construction plans and directions for foolproof results–so jump right in and make your backyard unique!

  • A Little Book of Woodworking Joints - Including Dovetailing, Mortise-and-Tenon and Mitred Joints

    A Little Book of Woodworking Joints – Including Dovetailing, Mortise-and-Tenon and Mitred Joints
    Anon

    Contained within this antique book is a simple and concise guide to some of the most useful and simple joining methods used in woodworking. A great guide for beginners, this text includes a wealth of detailed diagrams and easy-to-follow instructions, making it perfect for those with little previous experience. A handy reference guide for all levels of skill, this text is sure to be of value to those with an interest in woodworking and makes a great addition to woodworking and handcrafting literature. The chapters of this book include: 'The Simplest Job', 'Simple Dovetailing', 'Lap and Secret Dovetailing', 'Various Hammers and Their Uses', 'Mortise-and-Tenon Joints', 'Further Mortise-and-Tenon Joints', 'Dowelling', and 'Mitred Joints'. We are proud to republish this text now complete with a new introduction on woodworking.

  • Black & Decker 24 Weekend Projects for Pets: Dog Houses, Cat Trees, Rabbit Hutches & More

    Black & Decker 24 Weekend Projects for Pets: Dog Houses, Cat Trees, Rabbit Hutches & More
    David Griffin

    Critter condos & pleasure palaces for petsMost pet owners keep at least two different types of animals-dogs and cats are the most common pairings-and a surprisingly large number keep even more animals. Domestic birds; pet rabbits, mice and other rodents; ferrets, snakes, turtles-some people may even raise a goat or potbellied pig or two. On top of this, most lovers of domestic pets are also are enthusiastic supporters of wildlife. feeding birds and squirrels all winter long, or creating shelters for butterflies, toads, and even bats.This book provides nearly two dozen ingenious and fun do-it-yourself projects for anyone who loves animals of all types-from lowly bugs to aristocratic purebred show pets. This is a perfect book for parents or grandparents introducing children to the wonders of raising pets and observing wildlife.

  • The Perfect Piggy: A Guide to Teacup Pigs, Micro Pigs and other Pet Pigs

    The Perfect Piggy: A Guide to Teacup Pigs, Micro Pigs and other Pet Pigs
    Joanne Rowe

    Are you fascinated by these cute little pets?Would you like to learn more about these miniature pigs?Ever wondered how big a Teacup Pig actually grows?If the answer to above question is 'yes', then you'll love 'The Perfect Piggy' Micro Pig help book.The Perfect Piggy book gives you a set of explicit, practical, step by step guidelines that will help you with buying, owning, and training your dream pet. It's a complete guide to Micro pigs and their care.Seven things this book does for you:1. Saves you money – micro pigs are expensive, but are you aware that there are cheap alternatives that are a fraction of the cost. In some cases you can even get a pet pig for FREE. This book explains where to find these cheaper and free alternatives.2. Demonstrates how to train a pig – learn why some pet pigs are well behaved and others trash their owner’s homes? Follow the simple rules outlined in this book to ensure your pig is a model pet and a pleasure to keep.3. Stops you being scammed – This book takes you though the characteristics of what a Micro pig is, and what it isn't. Following these simple rules will help prevent you becoming victim of the Micro Pig scammers and bad breeders.4. Shows you how to buy the best quality stock – With the help of this book you’ll learn how to spot the difference between good quality pigs, and the bad ones.5. Takes you the through the correct way to introduce your pig to other pets, like dogs. This book covers the safe way to introduce your pig to small children and other family members. This book also covers what you should do if things go wrong.6. The book covers the legal guidelines when moving your pigs in USA and UK. Zoning regulations, CPH numbers, USDA laws and BPEX movements are all covered in this book. The book also offers general advice for those living in other countries.7. Highlights the importance of correct diet. A good diet ensures your pet will live a long and healthy life, minimising the chances of obesity. This book explains in depth the things you should and shouldn't feed a pet pig.With full colour pictures of piglets and adults, you'll find out what a Micro Pigs actually looks like, and how big they really grow.You'll also be shown how to setup the perfect pig proof fencing at your home, how to trim your pet's hoofs, and how to build the perfect piggy home for your prized pet.All these sections are accompanied with high resolution photographs, diagrams, and there are clear explantations of everything throughout the book. This book will show you the best way to buy and take care of any pet pig.Pigs are fantastic creatures when they are treated correctly, but they can be a nightmare to keep if you get their care wrong. Make sure you get off to the best possible start with the help of this book.The author of this guide is Miss J Rowe an expert in Micro Pig care and the owner of LancashireMicroPigs.co.uk – one of the UK’s leading websites on miniature pigs.

  • Horsekeeping on a Small Acreage: Designing and Managing Your Equine Facilities

    Horsekeeping on a Small Acreage: Designing and Managing Your Equine Facilities
    Cherry Hill

    Keeping your own horses requires dedication, hard work, and a sincere interest in the well-being of your animals. This practical guide shows you how to design efficient facilities and establish effective maintenance routines so that your horses can stay happy, healthy, and safe on even the smallest plots of land. Offering expert advice on barn designs, fencing options, and pasture management, Cherry Hill stresses the importance of understanding horse behavior and environmentally responsible land stewardship as integral aspects of a pleasurable and rewarding horsekeeping experience.