Concrete crafts : making modern accessories for the home and garden
Mechanicsburg, PA : Stackpole Books, 2010.
Concrete is an inexpensive and easy-to-work-with material that can be used to create dozens of useful and stylish accessories for the home or garden. With full-color, step-by-step photos, this one-of-a-kind guide demonstrates how to make functional concrete projects that have a distinctive flair. It includes instructions on mixing prepackaged concrete as well as standard and lightweight formulas. It also includes details on making molds, pouring, curing, creating texture, adding aggregates, staining, and finishing
The vegetable gardener's book of building projects : raised beds, cold frames, compost bins, planters, plant supports, trellises, harvesting and storage aids
from the editors of Storey Publishing ; projects designed and built by Kevin Ayer ; text edited by Cindy A. Littlefield ; photography by John Gruen.
North Adams, Mass. : Storey Pub., c2010.
Guided by a rediscovered spirit of self-sufficiency, a renewed sense of thrift, and a deepened commitment to the natural environment, legions of people are finding satisfaction in vegetable gardening. As gardeners spend more time in their yards, they look for ways to make their gardens more productive, their garden chores easier, and their outdoor spaces more enjoyable.Now, with just a little time and a handful of tools, gardeners can create handsome, handcrafted items for their gardens at a fraction of the cost of buying retail. The Vegetable Gardeners Book of Building Projects presents 39 ideas for simple projects from cold frames to compost bins, from planters to picnic tables, and from trellises to tool storage. Each project was hand-selected by Storey's editors to be functional, attractive, and easy to complete. Each includes step-by-step instructions, detailed illustrations, complete materials and lumber lists, no-nonsense tips, and a four-color photograph of the finished product in its natural setting. Projects are as practical as they are simple; many are ideal for the beginning woodworker, and most can be completed in a matter of hours.Whether a gardener needs a support for his beans and peas or looks forward to relaxing in a lawn chair or garden swing when the work is done, these plans are the perfect starting point.
Glass tile is the hottest trend in today's design tricks bag. Glass tile plays with light, adds liquid sheen and brings any room to life. Glass tiles also add a surprising depth to even the tightest of spaces, creating a sense of openness, as little else can. Over 290 beautiful color photos celebrate the variety of color, shape, and texture emerging in response to a clamor of demand and show the many colors from which to choose, including metallic, red, pink, blue, green, good-earth, and cool neutral tones. A wide variety of tile patterns, finishes, textures, sizes, and shapes are available. See the latest tiles from leading design and manufacturing firms, including Orsoni Smalti Venezianna, Sicis, Adagio Art Glass, Ann Sacks, Dolce Glass Tile, Mixed-Up-Mosaics, and Ultraglas Tile, to name just a few. This book is a fantastic reference for architects, designers and homeowners.
Conway (host and executive producer) and Buttala (executive producer and director) of the popular television series Cultivating Life provide 125 projects for turning backyards into environments one would actually choose to spend time in. Plans include outdoor kitchens, tables, bird feeders, bamboo trellises, porch swings, and more. Projects also suggest innovative ways to cultivate decorative plants, vegetables, grains and seeds, and herbs. Numerous photographs are included. Annotation #169;2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Creative Homeowner, c2009.
For any do-it-yourselfer, nothing is more rewarding than completing a project thatâs not only functional, but also makes a welcome addition to the home. Among these projects, outdoor furniture has always been a DIY favorite. Easy-to-Build Backyard Projects offers places to pot and display plants, furniture for cooking and entertaining, storage and utility pieces, some things the kids can call their own, and chairs from which to admire handiwork in comfort. Every project is made with the simplest of materials: 2x4s and other standard lumber. Only basic power tools are required for construction, with no complicated joinery involved. This book provides all the ingredients that make it easy to get startedâand quickly completeâbeautiful and handy items for the backyard.
The second in a series of John Deere books published by Quayside, "John Deere 52 Backyard Landscaping Projects" is the perfect companion and follow-up to "John Deere Landscaping and Lawn Care," Once homeowners have a handle on what they need to do to their yard and when the need to do it in order to keep their lawn and landscape green and healthy, they will want to learn how to improve upon it. "John Deere 52 Backyard Landscaping Projects" provides simple projects that are relevant to todays homeowners. While most books cover, design, building, planting with an extensive gardening section devoted to plant care, types, etc. this book is unique in that it offers simple weekend landscaping projects and it carried the John Deere stamp of approval. Easy to follow step-by-step instructions All projects can be completed in a weekends time