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231.

MAKING BETTER BUILDINGS

Chris Magwood
Paperback

Price: $39.95

From foundation to finish, a wealth of information is available on sustainable construction methods. Entire volumes have been published on individual green and natural building techniques! But with so…

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From foundation to finish, a wealth of information is available on sustainable construction methods. Entire volumes have been published on individual green and natural building techniques! But with so many different ideas from which to choose, there is no single resource that allows an owner or builder to quickly and objectively compare the merits of each system for their particular project.

Making Better Buildings cuts through the hype and provides the unvarnished facts about the upsides and downsides of the most widely discussed materials and technologies. Drawing on the real-world experiences of designer/builders, this comparative guide systematically and comprehensively examines each approach in terms of:

  • Cost, sourcing, labor intensity, and ease of construction
  • Energy efficiency, embodied energy and environmental impacts
  • Availability/accessibility
  • Viable applications and future potential
Each chapter is rounded out by a chart that summarizes the material in a quick and accessible manner.

Whether you are an owner preparing to build a green or natural home, or a conventional contractor determined to integrate sustainable alternatives into your existing construction practices, this up-to-the minute resource will help you make the best decisions for your project, while meeting your energy, efficiency, budgetary and site-specific needs.

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THE EVERYTHING SOAPMAKING BOOK

Alicia Grosso
Paperback

Price: $16.95

Create beautiful, natural soaps without leaving home!

Ever wonder what's really in your store-bought soap? Once you start making your own soap, you'll never have to wonder again! The Every…

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Create beautiful, natural soaps without leaving home!

Ever wonder what's really in your store-bought soap? Once you start making your own soap, you'll never have to wonder again! The Everything Soapmaking Book, 3rd Edition is a comprehensive guide to making all kinds of soap, whether you want to decorate your home or pamper your skin or your family's skin. Homemade soap is not only an easy project for any level of craft lover, but it's beautiful, too!

Completely revised and updated with information on natural and organic ingredients, this easy-to-use guide shows you how to:

  • Choose the right soapmaking equipment
  • Blend colors and aromatic scents
  • Create all kinds of soap, from bath soap to facial cleanser
  • Make soaps for holidays and special occasions
You'll also learn how to beautifully package your soaps and sell them at farmers markets, local retail outlets and online craft sites. With these simple-to-follow recipes, stunning photographs, and expert tips and advice, you'll be a soapmaking expert in no time!

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MOTHER EARTH NEWS & GRIT SIMPLE LIVING RESOURCE SET


Paperback

Price: $30.00

Is there a more rewarding feeling than sitting down for dinner with your family, knowing more than half of your meal came from your own backyard? With the invaluable information contained in the MOTHE…

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Is there a more rewarding feeling than sitting down for dinner with your family, knowing more than half of your meal came from your own backyard? With the invaluable information contained in the MOTHER EARTH NEWS and GRIT Simple Living Resource Set, you can start working toward filling your pantry, refrigerator and dining room table with the fruit of your own labors. You'll also save money on bills, learn to live off the land, discover how to raise chickens, rabbits and bees, and so much more.

The best articles that have been featured in MOTHER EARTH NEWS and GRIT have been compiled into 100-page guides, ranging in topic from building beehives to enjoying fresh food all year. This six-guide set is full of tips, advice, instructions and recipes that will help you live a more self-sufficient life. Undertake eight easy projects for energy savings. Read up on pressure canning basics and safely preserve food (and save money at the grocery store and farmers market). Discover how to make your own compost for increased garden productivity. And keep animals right in your backyard for fresh eggs, meat and honey.

The set includes:
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Guide to Organic Gardening
Written for both beginners and seasoned gardeners, this 100-page guide is filled with articles that will make your garden healthy and bountiful for growing vegetables, fruits and herbs.

MOTHER EARTH NEWS Guide to Fresh Food All Year
This guide is filled with articles on instructions for preserving food, whether it's canning, freezing or dehydrating. Plus, you can read about backyard chickens, the best ways to store fresh vegetables, how to make cheap garden beds and so much more.

MOTHER EARTH NEWS Guide to Self-Reliance and Country Skills
Being able to successfully run a self-sufficient homestead, no matter whether you live on 1 acre or 10, provides you with benefits such as money saved on bills, healthy and nutritious food, homemade remedies, and so much more.

GRIT Guide to Backyard Rabbits
With more than 41 keys to rabbit-raising success, this information-rich guide from GRIT has 20 great articles about raising rabbits, either for pets, show or meat.

GRIT Guide to Backyard Chickens
Filled with all things chickens, this special guide covers everything you need to know about raising and keeping chickens, whether you live on a 100-acre farm or in a city suburb.

GRIT Guide to Backyard Bees and Honey
This colorful guide is filled with some of the best articles on keeping bees, building your own beehives, cooking with honey, and identifying different types of bees.

234.

PREFABULOUS + ALMOST OFF THE GRID

Sheri Koones
Hardcover

Price: $22.95

Prefabrication offers a simple path to the green home of your dreams, and in her latest book, Prefabulous author Sheri Koones highlights the many ways of using prefabrication to create almost-off-the-…

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Prefabrication offers a simple path to the green home of your dreams, and in her latest book, Prefabulous author Sheri Koones highlights the many ways of using prefabrication to create almost-off-the-grid homes: houses that are not only environmentally friendly but often operate at nearly zero annual energy cost.

Taking energy from the grid when necessary and returning any excess energy produced, almost-off-the-grid homes function on a fraction of the energy required by most houses, and additionally are more comfortable, healthier, quieter inside, and far cheaper to operate. As energy costs continue to rise, the almost-off-the-grid house proves its worth.

Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid profiles more than 30 of the most energy-efficient homes in the United States, and this hardworking guide reveals how homeowners can achieve similar results with floor plans, the latest, most efficient technologies, and multiple images of the exterior and interior of each home.

235.

SOAP MAKER'S WORKSHOP

Dr. R. & K. McDaniel
Paperback

Price: $24.99

Preserving the timeless craft of making soap, Robert and Katherine McDaniel provide instruction and guidance for everyone from beginners interested in this rewarding pastime to experts. Using natural…

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Preserving the timeless craft of making soap, Robert and Katherine McDaniel provide instruction and guidance for everyone from beginners interested in this rewarding pastime to experts. Using natural ingredients, readers will experience the gratification of processing handmade liquid soaps, cold- and hot-process soaps, melt-and-pour soaps, and re-batched soaps. They'll work with fragrances, skin treatments, colors and shapes, and discover the benefits of aromatherapy associated with many essential oils. The McDaniels, artisans who produce Dr. Bob's Herbal Soap, also introduce readers to African Black Soap, known for its healing properties for extreme dryness, blemishes, wrinkles, stretch marks and scars.

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HANDMADE FOR THE GARDEN

Susan Guagliumi
Paperback

Price: $27.50

The DIY craze has moved beyond the craft room and into the garden! Relying on easy-to-find, inexpensive and repurposed materials, Handmade for the Garden is a treasure trove of original projects that …

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The DIY craze has moved beyond the craft room and into the garden! Relying on easy-to-find, inexpensive and repurposed materials, Handmade for the Garden is a treasure trove of original projects that not only make planting and growing efficient and successful but also add a personal touch to the gardenscape. Among the myriad projects in this hardworking book are mini hothouses; painted, stamped and stenciled terra-cotta planters; hypertufa and cement pots and decorations; rustic and formal fencing and trellises; plant markers and stakes; and sieves and baskets. With Handmade for the Garden to inspire them, gardeners of all skill levels will be empowered to experiment with form and function to discover creative, artful ways to personalize and beautify their gardens with handmade objects.

237.

DIY FURNITURE 2

Christopher Stuart
Paperback

Price: $24.95

Featuring 30 new designs by leading designer-makers from around the world, DIY Furniture 2 builds on the international success of the previous title, showing you step-by-step how to make unique design…

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Featuring 30 new designs by leading designer-makers from around the world, DIY Furniture 2 builds on the international success of the previous title, showing you step-by-step how to make unique designer furniture.

Including both conceptual objects and modern designs, the book showcases innovative processes using readily available materials commonly found at the local hardware store. Each project features diagrams with short, easy-to-follow instructions on how to build the piece.

The projects range from novice to experienced, allowing the reader to start where they are comfortable and work toward more difficult projects as they gain knowledge, familiarity with tools, and confidence.

The designs in this book will have you thinking about common materials in a whole new way!

238.

GUIDE TO CONCRETE


Paperback

Price: $18.99

This all-new visual guide to the most popular home concrete and masonry projects is endorsed by Quikrete, the largest manufacturer of concrete products in North America. Readers can save hundreds or e…

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This all-new visual guide to the most popular home concrete and masonry projects is endorsed by Quikrete, the largest manufacturer of concrete products in North America. Readers can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars with this book, because concrete materials are one of the least expensive and longest lasting of all building materials.

The Quikrete Guide to Concrete includes the most common home repairs, but goes a step further by offering some of the most exciting new techniques for building concrete countertops and form-cast landscaping features, as well as techniques for coloring and texturing concrete for designer finishes.

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THE BACKYARD HOMESTEAD BOOK OF BUILDING PROJECTS

Spike Carlsen
Paperback

Price: $24.95

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 …

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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 building materials.

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SHELTER II

Lloyd Kahn & Bob Easton
Paperback

Price: $19.95

Shelter II was published in 1978, five years after the book Shelter. It was a sequel in a sense, but a more sober and practical book (in black and white, not color) for any owner-builder interested in…

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Shelter II was published in 1978, five years after the book Shelter. It was a sequel in a sense, but a more sober and practical book (in black and white, not color) for any owner-builder interested in building a simple stud-frame house. The heart of the book consists of an introduction to the principles of house design, followed by a condensed 24-page instruction manual for the novice builder for building a stud-frame home: foundation, floor, wall and roof framing; roofing, windows, doors, interior finish, as well as plumbing and electrical work.

Featured is a section of complete, to-scale drawings by Bob Easton of seven different homes, accompanied by floor plans. These unique drawings allow the first-time builder to visualize each structure as a whole by showing every member of the house frame.

Indigenous builders are studied with an eye to the still-usable skills of the past. There are many photos of North American houses and barns: still-standing reminders of an era of practical building.

Rehabilitation projects then underway in major cities are also covered. There's a critical analysis of domes - they were found to be neither practical nor durable, and there's a detailed critique of America's program in those years to establish colonies in space.

Shelter II tells a story: Practical builders (past and present, in country and city) have always built with time-tested techniques and materials readily at hand: lumber, earth, stone, concrete, brick, thatch or abandoned city buildings. Design is governed by weather, purpose and economy. Building technique is determined by tradition, experience and practice. Then, as now, initiative and hand labor by owners can beat the high cost of building and reduce or eliminate lifetime mortgage obligations.

Out of print for some 20 years, Shelter II is an integral part of the Shelter Publications suite of books on handbuilt homebuilding, and we're happy to make it available once again.

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