House & Home
Make your home your haven. Learn how to save money and realize your dreams in building, designing, or renovating a house — whether its a log cabin, modular, timber frame, or compact design. Build a barn, a dock, a fence, a stone wall, or even an outdoor shower. And discover plain and simple ways to keep your home organized, clean, and well prepared, with just minutes of effort a day. These books will empower you to take on do-it-yourself projects that will enhance your life for years to come.View all titles in this category
Homesteaders, gardeners, small farmers, and outdoor living enthusiasts will love these 76 DIY projects for practical outdoor items designed to help you live more sustainably and independently. Expert woodworker Spike Carlsen offers clear, simple, fully illustrated instructions for everything from plant supports and a clothesline to a potting bench, a chicken coop, a hoop greenhouse, a cold frame, a beehive, a root cellar with storage bins, and an outdoor shower. Most of the projects are suitable for complete novices, and all use just basic tools and standard materials.
Do you have questions about woodworking? Spike Carlsen has the answers! Woodworking FAQ has everything you need to know, whether you're a beginner planning your first project or an experienced crafter putting in cabinets or making furniture. This book is like a master carpenter standing at your elbow to answer questions as they arise, including: How do I make base molding fit tightly on the inside corners? How do I prevent splintering on the end of a board when I rout it? How do I taper cut a table leg? Is there any way to take the wobble out of a chair without taking the whole thing apart? With its comprehensive information, friendly question-and-answer format, and convenient lay-flat binding, Woodworking FAQ will be the most important tool in your workshop.
PlyDesign presents 73 ideas for sleek, smart home furnishings that you can make from off-the-shelf sheet materials using only basic hand and power tools. With designs contributed by more than 50 creative builders across North America, the projects include tables, stools, workstations, benches, laptop stands, shelves, art panels, organizers, headboards, doghouses, dollhouses, and more. A photo of each finished project is accompanied by a list of needed tools and materials, cutting and assembly diagrams, and clear step-by-step instructions.
Dream big, build small! Whether it’s a first or second home—at the lake, in the woods, on a mountaintop, or at the ocean’s edge — a small-footprint house may be just what you want. Gerald Rowan presents 62 designs for cabins ranging from 100 to 1000 square feet, all of them appealing, affordable, comfortable, and energy-efficient. For every design, you’ll find inspirational floor plans and detailed, innovative suggestions on how to take advantage of every square inch. The plans are flexible, featuring modular elements that can be mixed and matched to suit your specific needs. And chapters on low-maintenance building materials, utilities and appliances, and alternative energy sources give you the background information you need to build and live efficiently in a small space.
With just a quarter acre of land, you can feed a family of four with fresh, organic food year-round. This comprehensive guide to self-sufficiency has all the information you need to grow and preserve vegetables, fruits, herbs, nuts, and grains; raise chickens for eggs and meat; raise cows, sheep, and goats for meat or milk; raise pigs and rabbits; and keep honey bees. Simple instructions make it easy to enjoy canned, frozen, dried, and pickled produce all winter; use your own grains to make bread, pasta, and beer; turn fresh milk into delicious homemade yogurt, butter, and cheese; make your own wine, cordials, and herbal teas; and much, much more. It truly is possible to eat entirely from your backyard.