Building

BUILDING GREEN: A Complete Guide to Alternative Building Methods Earth
Plaster * Straw Bale * Cordwood * Cob * Living Roofs (New edition)
Clarke Snell, Tim Callahan.  The best-selling and highly regarded reference to sustainable construction gets an update!  Features a completely revised introduction, extensive online resource tie-ins, and more.  Doesn't just tell you about "green" house-building techniques: it actually shows you, with 1,200+ step-by-step photos that follow the actual erection of an alternative building from site selection to final-touch interior details.  Incorporates four (4) different building methods: straw bale, cob, cordwood, and modified stick-frame.  Includes a thorough discussion of the fundamentals of building construction, alternative approaches, and designing a beautiful yet environmentally responsible home.  "The most comprehensive and reader-friendly green building book...It's great for both the green building novice and expert" - Builders Booksource.  8-1/2 x 10, 616p, all in color, 2006, 2009. OVERSIZE.
B5340 pb, w/flaps..........US $35.00 CAN $39.95

THE NATURAL BUILDING COMPANION: A Comprehensive Guide to Integrative Design & Construction (with Instructional DVD)
Jacob Deva Racusin, Ace McArleton.  “A state-of-the-art resource for natural builders.”  In this complete reference to natural building philosophy, design, and technique, the authors walk builders through planning and design to construction, offering step-by-step instructions on: siting; choosing materials; planning for heat and moisture; developing an integrative design; creating the foundation, wall system, roof, and floors; selecting and making plasters and paints; budgeting and project management, and; more.  Contains thorough coverage of straw bale, straw-clay, woodchip-clay, and cellulose wall systems - as well as earthen and stone wall systems.  This illustrated reference and instructional DVD provide a framework for professionals making the transition from conventional building, homeowners embarking on their own construction, or green builders who want comprehensive guidance on natural-building options. 8 x 10, 448p, color photos + illustrations, tables, figures, 2012.
OVERSIZE. N3394 pb + DVD..........US $59.95 CAN $82.95

MAKING BETTER BUILDINGS: A Comparative Guide to Sustainable Construction for Homeowners and Contractors
Chris Magwood.  Provides the unvarnished facts about the upsides and downsides of the most widely discussed sustainable construction 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, labour intensity, and ease of construction; energy efficiency, embodied energy, and environmental impacts; availability/accessibility, and; viable applications and future potential.  A valuable, current resource that allows an owner or builder to quickly and objectively compare the merits of each system for their particular project. 8 x 9-1/4, 464p, b&w photos + illustrations, figures, tables, 2014. OVERSIZE.
M7060 paperback..........US $36.95 CAN $39.95

THE ART OF NATURAL BUILDING: Design, Construction, Resources (2/e) – Completely Revised, Expanded and Updated
Joseph Kennedy, Michael Smith, Catherine Wanek, eds..  One of a few resources to introduce the entire field and scope of natural building.  Fully revised and updated.  Offers a complete, user-friendly introduction for everyone from do-it-yourselfers to architects and designers.  Features articles from 60 leaders in the field, covering: the case for building with natural materials; what you need to know to plan and design your own natural home; explanations of thirty (30) versatile materials and techniques, each with an up-to-date resource list of where to go for further details and training, and; how these techniques are being used to address housing crises around the world.  The Art of Natural Building is “the encyclopedia of natural building.” 8 x 9, 480p, 400+ photos, 2015. OVERSIZE.
A7718 paperback..........US $39.95 CAN $39.95

YOUR GREEN HOME: A Guide to Planning a Healthy, Environmentally Friendly new Home
Alex Wilson.  From the founder of BuildingGreen (North America's premier green building authority), the essential information for homebuyers wanting to design and build a new green home.  Covers everything - from home location and its relationship to the community, site design, construction systems, building design to optimize energy performance, renewable energy systems, indoor environmental quality, water efficiency to material selection.  A valuable resource conveying the scope and principles of green building. 6 x 9, 256p, b&w illustrations, tables, 2006.
Y5556 paperback ..........US $17.95 CAN $17.95

THE BACKYARD HOMESTEAD BOOK OF BUILDING PROJECTS
Spike Carlsen.  Contains 76 DIY projects for practical outdoor items designed to help readers live more sustainably and independently.  Expert woodworker Carlsen offers clear, simple, fully-illustrated instructions for everything from plant supports and a clothesline to a potting bench, chicken coop, hoop greenhouse, a cold frame, a beehive, a root cellar, and an outdoor shower.  Includes projects for all aspects of sustainable living and all skill levels, with a focus on functionality.  A “go-to” resource for homesteaders, gardeners, small farmers, and outdoor living enthusiasts. 8-1/2 x 11, 296p, 8-pg color insert, b&w photos & illustrations throughout, 2014.
B0850 paperback..........US $24.95 CAN $32.95

WORKSHOPS YOU CAN BUILD
David and Jeanie Stiles.  Everything you need to know to build your own workspace inside and outside your home.  This step-by-step guide walks you through the entire process from start-to-finish - design and planning to construction and design fundamentals.  Includes construction diagrams, floor plans, and architectural details.  Contains designs for carpenters and builders, writers, artists, furniture makers, boat builders, gardeners, and more.  An ideal reference for both the beginner and the experienced builder alike. 8-3/8 x 10-7/8, 224p, 30 color photos, 300+ b&w illustrations, 2005.
W0295 paperback ..........US $24.95 CAN $24.95

THE OWNER-BUILT LOG HOUSE: Living in Harmony with your Environment (Expanded 2/e)
B. Allan Mackie.  A decade ago, the author shared his experiences nearing completion of his log house, Ardea.  In this new edition, one of the world’s foremost builders of log houses continues his personal journey, completing Ardea and realizing he had yet to build the perfect log house.  This book provides a thorough, expert and practical guide to building a log house and demonstrates that, with the will to learn, the average person is more than capable of building a log house.  Chapters cover: the purpose of building a log house; the building tree; making a set of plans; how long it will take and how much it will cost ; choosing a site and tools; log walls; notches; roofs; windows, doors and stairs, and interior and finishing touches.  Includes a new chapter that covers the building and finishing of two additional log houses.  Over 30 photographs take the reader carefully through the process of building the author's main house at Shanty Lake as well as a new and smaller retirement home in which the author currently lives.  A profusely illustrated book is both a technical manual and a photo essay. 8-1/2 x 10, 248p, 150+ color photos, illustrations, diagrams throughout, 2011.
O7907 paperback..........US $29.95 CAN $29.95

THE WOODLAND HOUSE
Ben Law.  "Here is a house so ecologically sound, it breathes in time to the trees around it" - Kevin McCloud (forward.).  Provides a practical manual and the story of a man realizing his lifelong dream to build one of the most sustainable and beautiful homes in Britain - chestnut timber frames from his own woodland, local straw bale infill, plaster from his own clay, sun- and wind-powered electricity, solar hot water panels, and more.  Gives details of the evolving design process, identifying materials, costs, project management, and the actual building.  A book that proves it is possible that low-cost, low-impact, and high aesthetics can go hand-in-hand. 8-1/2 x 10, 208p, 98 color photos, 10 line drawings, tables, 2006.
W0317 hardcover ..........US $29.95 CAN $36.95
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CORDWOOD BUILDING: The State of the Art
Rob Roy.  “A one-of-a-kind reference that covers cordwood construction from soup to nuts.”  Over twenty-five (25) of the world’s best practitioners describe the history of the method, showing how to build a cordwood home using state of the art techniques, such as double walls, Lomax corners, paper-enhanced mortars, and ways of creating round, hexagonal, and other building shapes.  With a special focus on building code issues, the book outlines the “5-E” advantages of cordwood buildings: their Ease of construction; Economy; Esthetics; Energy-Efficiency, and; Ecological harmony.  A “must read” for anyone considering cordwood construction. 8 x 9, 255p, color + b&w photos, illustrations, 2003.
C4754 paperback ..........US $26.95 CAN $26.95
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THE COMPLETE CORDWOOD DVD
Rob and Jaki Roy.  Demonstrates all aspects of the technique of cordwood masonry, whereby walls are constructed from mortar and "log ends."  Packed with practical “how-to” information, innovative design ideas and inspiring, instructive interviews, this is the only video available on the subject.  A great companion to Roy's Cordwood Building (Item C4754).  An essential resource for those interested in a self-built, low-cost, ecologically sound, energy-efficient and beautiful home. 7-1/2 x 7-1/2, 205 minutes, 2007.
C570X DVD..........US $39.00 CAN $45.00

A TIMBER FRAMER'S WORKSHOP: Joinery, Design & Construction of Traditional Timber Frames (Revised ed.)
Steve Chappell.  "The intent of this workbook is to outline the fundamental approach, coupled with concepts of structural design and joinery, that will allow beginners to develop a strategy that will make their first timber framing project a successful one."  Revisions feature updates on the engineering of pegged joinery, expanded tips and techniques, and over 150 new photographs and drawings.  Includes expanded chapters on: Structural Design Considerations; Bent Framing and Joinery Design; Tension Joinery; Roof Framing & Truss Design; Timber and Wood Technology; Tips and Techniques; Joinery Details; Timber Frame Plans; Builders Math & Engineering, and; more.  A valuable, reader-friendly how-to guide for the novice and anyone interested in the technical aspects of how to build a traditional timber frame. 8-1/2 x 11, 272p, 500+ photos & illustrations, 1998, 2011.
T900X paperback..........US $35.00 CAN $46.95

NOTCHES OF ALL KINDS: A Book of Timber Joinery
B. Allen Mackie.  A traditional log structure was held together by gravity.  Logs were carefully cut to length, and notched at the joining points to ensure a very tight fit, great stability, and weather-tightness. The notches were also beautiful and functional as the dovetails of a master cabinet-maker.  Here, Mackie shows a complete selection of notches for corner joinery, roof beams and trusses and lateral grooves (for seating a stacked log firmly along the length of another wall log; and timber framing techniques).  Clear instructions and profuse illustrations and drawings make this a completely detailed manual for the log builder. 8-1/2 x 11, 92p, b&w photos & illustrations, 1998.
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N0247 paperback ..........US $22.00 CAN $22.00

ROAD REPAIR HANDBOOK; The Complete Guide to Fixing Roads and Driveways
Roderick Johnston.  A complete reference to achieving better roads (community or private) and safer access.  Better understand how to plan and manage the time, money, and labor needed for road restoration and improvement.  Full of straight-forward advice, practical tips, and construction strategies.  Written in laymen's terms, but sophisticated enough for anyone associated with public or private road construction, repair, and maintenance. 6 x 9, 304p, 60 b&w photos & illustrations, 2002.
R7203 paperback..........US $29.95 CAN $38.95
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BUILDING INSIDE NATURE’S ENVELOPE: How New Construction and Landscape Preservation Can Work Together
Andy and Sally Wasowski.  A revolutionary new concept in construction that helps to preserve natural landscapes, whether building in pristine woodland or on an undeveloped suburban lot.  Introduces an exciting technique for salvaging the natural land upon which we build new homes, offices, or even shopping centers.  Outlines, with site profiles from across North America, how this "light step" approach is cost-effective, simple, and environmentally responsible.  A practical blueprint to "achieving harmony between our natural and our built environment."  7-1/2 x 10, 176p, 41 color & 46 b&w images, illustrations, 2000.
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B1762 paperback ..........US $27.50 CAN $44.00
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THE FENCE BIBLE
Jeff Beneke.  "Everything you need to know about the subject" - planning, materials, site challenges, construction, maintenance, and repair.  Covers every kind of fencing: wood, masonry, and metal, as well as shrubs, hedges, and trees.  Discusses the essentials of proper design and provides step-by-step illustrated instructions.  An in-depth, comprehensive "how-to' encyclopedia from a hands-on home improvement expert. 8-1/2 x 10-1/2, 320p, 400+ color photos + illustrations, 2005.
F5309 paperback ..........US $24.95 CAN $30.95

FENCES FOR PASTURES & GARDENS
Gail Damerow.  A practical, easy-to-use guide to selecting, planning, and building fences that work, such as: electric, wire, rail, high-tension, temporary, woven, snow, gates and trellises.  Filled with sound advice, illustrated directions, and instruction, including pros and cons of various fence systems.  A valuable reference that "makes fence-building a task that anyone can tackle with confidence." 8-1/2 x 11, 160p, illustrations, 1992.
F753X paperback ..........US $16.95 CAN $21.95

400 YEARS OF LOG FENCES (2/e)
Eugene Fytche.  Reviews the place of log fences in restraining livestock and demarking property lines in North America since early settlement 400 years ago and how their variety has developed over time.  Describes six (6) categories of fences, including fourteen (14) different designs still in use in Canada, with emphasis on those found in Eastern Ontario (gravity and supported fences).  Part 3 of the book provides some “guidance” in how to construct log fences.  A book for those with an interest in this figure of rural life. 8-1/2 x 11, 82p, b&w photos + illustrations, 2008, 2010.
Y2002 spiral-bound..........US $15.00 CAN $15.00

FENCES, GATES & BRIDGES (2/e)
George Martin.  A definitive timeless classic to the best methods of building an incredible variety of these devices, including the zigzag, barbed-wire, and sod & stone fences.  Includes the making and setting of posts, as well as the construction and installation of swinging, sliding, pulley gates, and more. 4-1/2 x 7-1/4, 192p, 300 b&w illustrations, 1900, reprint 2008.
F8890 paperback ..........US $14.95 CAN $18.95

COUNTRY AND COTTAGE WATER SYSTEMS: A Complete Out-of-the-City Guide to On-Site Water & Sewage Systems, including Pumps. Plumbing, Water Purification & Alternative Toilets
Max Burns.  Takes the mystery out of rural water systems and their components.  Whether planning a new system or updating, expanding or fixing an existing one, the ideas, the know-how and the solutions are all here.  Includes tips for do-it-yourselfers, and guidance for those hiring a professional, on a variety of topics, including: methods for testing water; making water safe to drink; choosing the right pump; dealing with environmental issues and legal concerns; planning a system's connections; types of wells and how to dig a new one or revitalize an old one; understanding and installing waste systems; troubleshooting septic systems; how to reduce a septic system's footprint; how to build an outhouse; getting rid of gray water, and; more.  Packed with solid, easy-to-understand advice and clear, detailed illustrations.  From getting water in to getting waste out, an indispensable guide will save those who live or spend their leisure time in rural areas time, money and headaches. 9-1/4 x 11-1/4, 184p, 2-color & 4-color illustrations throughout, 2010. OVERSIZE.
C2277 hardcover..........US $39.95 CAN $39.95

LANDSCAPING EARTH PONDS: The Complete Guide
Tim Matson.  Drawing on over 25 years of experience, the guru of earth ponds explains how to site, design, shape, and plant these fixtures of rural landscapes - and make them fit your property and your life.  Full of general strategies, practical techniques, and specific examples of various approaches to pond aesthetics.  Includes plant lists and sources.  An indispensable resource. 8 x 10, 304p, 100 color photos, illustrations, 2006.
L2029 paperback ..........US $30.00 CAN $39.95

THE EARTH PONDS SOURCEBOOK: The Pond Owner's Manual & Resource Guide (2/e)
Tim Matson.  From the guru of earth pond building, an up-to-date reference featuring new tips, techniques, and hundreds of resources.  Covers the latest in new materials and suppliers, pond technology, building and maintenance, and more.  Learn how to evaluate the products on the market, where to buy supplies, and more.  A valuable resource guide and complement to Earth Ponds (E1557). 10 x 8, 176p, 20 b&w photos & 20 b&w illustrations, 1997, 2004.
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E6125 paperback ..........US $21.95 CAN $29.95

EARTH PONDS A TO Z: An Illustrated Encyclopedia
Tim Matson. From the pond guru, a new A-Z guide provides pond owners and builders with an at-a-glance reference to answer any question.  From Acid Rain to Zooplankton, Matson defines and explains over 200 terms associated with pond building and maintenance, both familiar and obscure.   Includes descriptions and definitions of all significant pond elements. 7 x 8,160p, 60 b&w photos + illustrations, 2003. 
E4947 paperback ..........US $18.95 CAN $25.95

EARTH PONDS: The Country Pond Maker’s Guide to Building, Maintenance, and Restoration (3/e)
Tim Matson.  "There is nothing like a pond."  What else can simultaneously increase your aesthetic pleasure, offer recreational opportunities, help the environment, and increase the value of your property?  With 75,000 copies sold, Earth Ponds is the standard resource for building and maintaining these important and attractive landscape features.  Includes everything you need to know about your pond, from site planning to soil sampling to drainage and wildlife management.  “…The bible of pond-making.” 8 x 10, 152p, b&w photos + illustrations, 2012.
E147X paperback..........US $21.95 CAN $23.00
E9019 DVD video.........US $29.95 CAN $39.95
E5719 book + DVD . ....US $44.95 CAN $53.95

ULTIMATE GUIDE: Barns, Sheds & Outbuildings (3/e)
The Editors of Creative Homeowner.  Contains the information needed to plan, build, and finish a utility building.  Presents a variety of buildings, from the simplest garden shed, a backyard artist's studio to a huge gambrel dairy barn.  Part One begins with design and planning information, followed by chapters on the basics: building foundations, framing walls and roofs closing in the framing, and window installation; basic wiring and plumbing needs, and; options for interior and exterior finish work.  Part Two presents design concepts with photographs and detail views of various buildings that readers can build.  A valuable resource for the do-it-yourselfer. 8-1/2 x 10-7/8, 288p, 975 color photos & illustrations, 2010.
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U4830 paperback..........US $19.95 CAN $26.95

SMALL BARN PLANS FOR OWNER-BUILDERS
Craig Wallin.  A complete reference for managing your own barn building project - in just four easy steps: designing your own barn; estimating the cost; managing your project like a pro, and; learning how to successfully work with subcontractors and suppliers.  Contains twelve (12) barn designs, including six (6) basic designs readily suitable for backyard barns, horse barns, and workshops.  Each comes with professional construction plans.  A straightforward, valuable resource. 8-1/2 x 11, 160p, b&w drawings, plans, 2002.
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S9378 paperback ..........US $19.95 CAN $26.95

RENOVATING BARNS, SHEDS & OUTBUILDINGS
Nick Engler.  One of the best “how-to” writers shows how to renovate and restore, rather than replace.  Covers every aspect of renovation in clear, explicit instructions and illustrations.  Includes techniques for restoring frame, post-and-beam, and masonry structures.  Filled with Engler’s hands-on experience at renovating barns, carriage houses, sheds, log cabins, and even covered bridges. 8-1/2 x 12, 256p, b&w photos + illustrations, 2001.
R2164 paperback ..........US $24.95 CAN $31.95

BUILDING SMALL BARNS, SHEDS & SHELTERS
Monte Burch.  Provides easy-to-follow construction methods for low-cost, but attractive outbuildings.  Includes information on: tools and materials; foundations and floors; framing, sheathing and roofing; windows; doors; wiring and plumbing, and; finishing details.  Contains plans and how-to-build instructions for barns, woodsheds, garages, fencing, and animal housing. 8-1/2 x 11, 237p, b&w photos and illustrations, 1983.
B2457 paperback ..........US $18.95 CAN $25.95
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BARNS, SHEDS & OUTBUILDINGS
Byron Halstead, ed..  Abounds in simple ideas that rural householders and farmers find useful today.  Barns, poultry houses, corn cribs, granaries, root cellars and even birdhouses are included in this compendium from days gone by. 5-1/2 x 8-1/2, 240p, 257 illustrations, 1881, reprint 1994.
B9125 paperback ..........US $14.00 CAN $18.95

HOW TO BUILD SMALL BARNS & OUTBUILDINGS
Monte Burch.  This award-winning book takes readers step-by-step through the fundamentals, from planning and laying out a site to framing, roofing, wiring, plumbing, and more.  Includes twenty (20) projects from barns to sheds and garages. 8-1/2 x 11, 288p, photos, illustrations, 1992.
H7734 paperback ..........US $18.95 CAN $24.95

SHEDS: The Do-It-Yourself Guide for Backyard Builders (3/e, revised)
David and Jeanie Stiles.  Packed with detailed illustrations, plans and commonsense advice, this new edition of the classic do-it-yourself guide is like having a professional carpenter beside you, making the project easy to control and successful.  Helps the backyard builder think through all the issues involved in designing and building a shed: intended use, size, cost, placement, degree of construction difficulty, and much more. 8 x 10-3/4, 208p, 16p-color photo insert, b&w illustrations, index, 2006.
S2247 paperback ..........US $19.95 CAN $19.95

HOW TO BUILD YOUR DREAM CABIN IN THE WOODS: The Ultimate Guide to Building and Maintaining A Backcountry Getaway
J. Wayne Fears.  Based on his own experience, Fears explains how to make a dream cabin a reality and at a price that won't break the bank.  Covers - in words, photos, diagrams, and blueprints - all the important points, from buying the land, to planning your structure, to actually doing it - either on your own, or with some help.  A book that every cabin owner - or potential owner - will keep as a reference for years to come. 6 x 9, 240p, b&w photos + illustrations, 2004.
H3292 paperback ..........US $14.95 CAN $18.95

RUSTIC CARPENTRY: Woodworking with Natural Timber
Paul Hasluck, ed., forward by Ralph Kylloe.  Learn to use the distinctive beauty of unfinished, rustic timber to create original furniture for your home, yard, barn, or garden.  Features clear and concise instructions, utilizing the unique texture and shape of tree branches, trunks, and shrubs.  Projects include chairs, tables, gates, aviaries, footbridges, verandahs, toolsheds, and more.  Contains practical advice on: collecting and drying sticks; what kind of wood works best; how to varnish both indoor and outdoor pieces; using battens and mortises to secure furniture; and successfully employing a range of other techniques.  A great resource for woodworkers, furniture makers, and carpenters of all skill levels. 5-1/2 x 8-1/4, 160p, 200 b&w illustrations, originally published 1907, reprint 2007.
R1211 paperback..........US $9.95 CAN $12.95

RUSTIC CONSTRUCTION: Making Furniture, Fixtures & Outdoor Structures Using Bark, Branches & Slab Lumber
W. Ben Hunt.  Offers clear and precise instructions for making attractive “lodge look” renditions of furniture, lamps, shelves, and other interior fixtures using slab lumber and objects found in nature.  Outdoor projects include birdhouses, fences, gates, arbors, road signs, wayside stands – even bridges.  Updated, enlarged edition of the original.  “...This book is a must for anyone who is interested in building with natural materials.  It is a great resource – whether you are a beginning builder or an accomplished craftsman” – Lang Hornthal, owner/craftsman, Appalachian Designs. 6 x 9, 86p, line drawings, figures, 1939, 1995.
R5477 paperback..........US $9.00 CAN $11.95

RUSTIC RETREATS: A Build-It-Yourself Guide
David and Jeanie Stiles.  A do-it-yourself guide to building over twenty (20)  low-cost, outdoor structures, including garden retreats, sauna huts, a water gazebo, fold-up tree house, and primitive native shelters.  Illustrated step-by-step instructions.  Includes sections on building techniques, tools, safety, joints and joining methods, as well as directions for building all types of windows, skylights, doors, roofs, and more. 8-1/2 x 11, 154p, b&w illustrations + diagrams, tables, 1998.
R0358 paperback ..........US $19.95 CAN $26.95

COMPACT CABINS: Simple Living in 1000 Square Feet or Less
Gerald Rowan.  Dream big, build small!  Whether it's a first or second home - at the lake, in the woods, or on a mountaintop - a small-footprint house may be just what you want.  Presents 62 designs for cabins ranging from 100 to 1000 square feet, all of them affordable, comfortable, and energy-efficient.  Includes floor plans for each.  Plans are flexible; many feature modular elements that can be mixed and matched to accommodate a particular owner's needs or hobbies.  Includes chapters on low-maintenance building materials, utilities and appliances, and alternative energy sources.  "All the background information you need... - shows readers how to achieve their cabin dreams on a small footprint." 8 x 9-1/4, 216p, two-color illustrations throughout, 2010.
C4628 paperback..........US $19.95 CAN $26.95

CABINS: A Guide to Building Your Own Nature Retreat
David and Jeanie Stiles.  All you need to build your own cabin.  Describes each step in the process, from buying land to developing plans for a structure.  Includes classic construction methods.  Discusses windows, doors, foundations, insulation, roofing, installing utilities, water and sanitary systems and heating.  Packed with illustrations, plans and common-sense advice. 8-1/2 x 11, 240p, 16p color photos, 100+ b&w illustrations, 2001.
C3735 paperback ..........US $19.95 CAN $19.95

LOW-COST POLE BUILDING CONSTRUCTION: The Complete How-To Book
Ralph Wolfe.  290,000 copies in print.  "This definitive how-to book will save you money, labor, and time in building a small home, barn, cottage, or other structure."  A "build-it-yourself" book, illustrated with plans, drawings, and photos.  Construction techniques are carefully explained and well-presented.  The definitive book on the subject. 8-1/2 x 11, 192p, photos, drawings, illustrations, 1980.
L1701 paperback ..........US $16.95 CAN $24.95
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THE CLASSIC HEWN-LOG HOUSE: A Step-by-Step Guide to Building & Restoring
Charles McRaven.  From America's considered foremost authority, "… the definitive guide for restoring, preserving, and building hewn-log structures."  Readers first learn about the history and background of hewn-log houses.  McRaven then describes the details of hewn-log construction, covering it all - from foundation to chimney, with plumbing and chinking in between.  Full of practical advice and clear, "how-to" line illustrations accompany the text throughout.  The classic volume on the sturdiest of pioneer building techniques. 8-1/2 x 10-7/8, 192p, 16p color section, photos & illustrations, 2005.
C5902 paperback ..........US $19.95 CAN $25.95

LITTLE BOOK OF LOG CABINS: How to Build and Furnish Them
William Wicks.  This handy, "how-to" manual is also a charming repository of make-it-yourself log furnishings and practical shelters that will inspire back-to-nature advocates.  Building instructions are accompanied by clear, accurate line drawings of simple log structures, lean-tos, fancy Adirondack cabins, fireplaces, stairways, furniture, beamed ceilings, and more.  A perfect guide for anyone who loves the outdoors. 8-3/4 x 6-1/2, 96p, 102 line drawings, 1904, reprint 2005.
L2594 paperback ..........US $6.95 CAN $8.95

LOG HOME CARE AND MAINTENANCE: Everything You Need to Know to Buy, Maintain and Enjoy Your Log Home
Jim Davis.  For longtime and new log home owners alike, a U.S. reference intended to help save time and money, and avoid frustration.  Starts with the basics, explaining why logs make good homes, demystifying the science of wood, and talking about the properties of the various types of wood and how they respond to changes in temperature and humidity.  Features: complete instructions for dealing with the main enemies of a log home (sun, moisture, insects, and neglect); complete remedial instructions for existing structural problems, and; charts, recommendations on maintenance and sealant product types, and checklists for prospective buyers of previously-owned log homes.  A valuable guide. 7 x 10, 184p, b&w photos, tables, 2004.
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L3381 paperback ..........US $19.95 CAN $25.95

BUILDING WITH LOGS (revised ed.)
B. Allan Mackie.  This revised classic shows how to select logs, plan a site, finance, and build a handsome log structure from the foundation to the ridge cap.  Considered the best book written on making a Canadian-style log home. 11-1/2 x 9-1/2, 136p, color and b&w photos, 1997.
B1023 paperback ..........US $24.95 CAN $24.95

COMPLETE GUIDE TO BUILDING LOG HOMES 
Monte Burch.  A “soup-to-nuts” guide to building a log home, whether it’s a simple vacation cabin or a multigabled manor.  From buying land and drawing floor plans to choosing log styles and joinery, it covers every phase of construction – all the way to interior finishing.  Includes many design options, including some unusual styles and alternative methods.  Full of photographs and drawings, and complete with “how-to” instructions.  A comprehensive resource.  8-1/4 x 10-1/4, 416p, 840+ b&w photos & drawings, 1984, 1990. OVERSIZE.
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C4869 paperback..........US $19.95 CAN $26.95

TIMBER FRAMING FOR THE REST OF US: A Guide to Contemporary Post and Beam Construction
Rob Roy.  A manual for all without traditional skills who want to build timber framing.  Describes the methods (common fastening techniques) used by today’s professionals.  Everything an owner-builder needs to know, including: crucial design and structural considerations, procuring timbers; foundation, roofs, and in-filing considerations, and; the common fasteners.  Includes a detailed case study of a project from start to finish.  A practical guide enabling “the rest of us” to build like the professionals. 7-1/2 x 9, 176p, 120 b&w photos & illustrations, 2004.
T5084 paperback ..........US $22.95 CAN $27.95

THE TIMBER-FRAME HOME: Design-Construction-Finishing (2/e)
Tedd Benson.  A “one-of-a-kind” reference to timber-frame house design, from one of America’s foremost builders.  Tells how to create a new house in the tradition of old-world craftsmen.  Discusses everything from joints, framing and windows, to wiring, plumbing, and more.  Brings the latest advances in timber framing to life with full-color photographs and rendered drawings - "all the information you need to join the timber-frame revival." 9 x 11-1/2, 240p, 130 drawings, 145 color photos, 1997.
T1291 hardcover ..........US $34.95 CAN $46.95

TIMBER FRAME CONSTRUCTION: All About Post and Beam Building
Jack Sobon, Roger Schroeder.  A practical "how-to" resource for both beginners and experienced carpenters who want to try this method.  It offers: the basics of timber framing; how to design for strength and beauty, and; how to combine modern tools and time-tested methods.  Includes a starter project - how to build a 12 x 16 garden toolshed.  Features dozens of illustrations and photographs that make it all easy to understand ("easy to follow and well illustrated).  A good reference that both the beginner and the more experienced builder will appreciate. 8-1/2 x 11, 208p, b&w illustrations & photos, 1984.
T3658 paperback ..........US $19.95 CAN $26.95

BUILD A CLASSIC TIMBER-FRAMED HOUSE
Jack Sobon.  From one of the best-known and distinctive figures in the timber-framing revival, this book shows the first-time framer how to build a classic/traditional  "hall-and-parlor" home.  The basic house design is easily adapted to meet different needs.  With step-by-step instructions, Sobon clearly explains the process from start-to-finish, including: finding the ideal building site; creating the master plan; selecting the best tree species; hewing and milling timbers; assembling the frame; installing wall sheathing, windows, and doors; designing and finishing the interior; expanding on the plan, and; more.  Full of practical advice and instruction.  A valuable reference from one of the best in the business. 8-1/2 x 11, 208p, photos & line illustrations, 1993.
B8412 paperback ..........US $21.95 CAN $28.95

TREEHOUSES & PLAYHOUSES YOU CAN BUILD
David and Jeanie Stiles.  Shows older children and adults how to build creative treehouses and playhouses, with or without actual trees.  Thirty (30) unique projects include a Hobbit Treehouse, a Pirate Playhouse, a tree perch, a zip line, a drawbridge, a stealth fighter, an alligator slide, and more.  Includes step-by-step instructions, material lists, safety tips, and info on building accessories.  A book that "shows the average 'do-it-yourself family how to easily and affordably bring such structures to life using their own hands in their own backyards." 8-1/2 x 11, 144p, 30 color photos, plans, 2006.
T7800 paperback ..........US $19.95 CAN $25.95

TREE HOUSES YOU CAN ACTUALLY BUILD: A Weekend Project Book
David and Jeanie Stiles.  A practical “how-to,” do-it-yourself guide to designing and building a tree house.  Explains basic building procedures through clear, simple instructions and non-technical line drawings that illustrate every step.  Outlines five (5) basic designs adaptable to virtually any set of conditions.  Includes: shingled tree house; pine log tree house; sunburst tree house, and; more.  A great resource packed full of ideas and tips for the whole family. 8-1/2 x 10-3/4, 128p, color photos, line drawings, 1998.
T2732 paperback ..........US $18.00 CAN $23.95

 


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