Thinking od building, remodelling or refurbishment? Below we present some useful books that can help you make up your mind and give you some ideas, tips and tricks on various topics such as construction, painting and interior design.
IAN ROCK - HOME EXTENSION MANUAL: THE STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO PLANNING, MANAGING AND BUILDING A PROJECT
Thousands of homes are extended each year, but 'getting the builders in' can be a recipe for disaster unless you really know what you are doing. Whether you plan to employ a building contractor or tackle some of the works yourself, this comprehensive manual will show you how to stay firmly in control, resulting in a high-quality extension, completed on time and within budget. From foundations and drainage through to snagging and completion, this step-by-step, all-colour guide will cut out the stress and trauma of extending your home.
RAY TRICKER - BUILDING REGULATIONS IN BRIEF
Baffled by the Building Regs? Confused by codes of practice? Mystified by materials and puzzled by planning permission? Then look no further! This handy and affordable guide is a time-saver for both professionals and enthusiasts. The information is sensibly organised by building element rather than by regulation, so that you can quickly lay your hands on whatever you need to know from whichever document. The authors' practical and no-nonsense advice will enable you to comply with the regulations in the simplest and most cost-effective manner.
BRIAN PEGG AND W.D. STAGG - PLASTERING: AN ENCYCLOPAEDIA
It is a great guide for those looking to take their wet plastering skill set a bit further. It provides an introduction to the techniques of modern plastering and a comprehensive treatment of present–day fibrous plasterwork.Also included are full technical details of solid work, and thorough coverage of obsolete practices for the purpose of conservation work. It features working drawings in isometric projection to present a three dimensional picture of specific jobs.
SARAH SUSANKA - NOT SO BIG REMODELLING
"Not So Big Remodeling" introduces the Not So Big philosophy (quality vs. quantity; less can be more; putting pounds into character rather than into square footage) and suggests how it can serve as an approach to remodelling. You can remodel Not So Big, with small changes that have a big impact and you can remodel incrementally, as you have the time and money to do so. Even when you remodel your whole house at once, it's usually best to conceive of the remodel as a series of Not So Big changes. Taken together, these Not So Big changes can transform your house into a place that's right for the way you really live.
HOME DECORATING MANUAL: THE DIY MANUAL FOR PAINTING, WALLPAPERING AND TILING
This comprehensive, fully illustrated book, written by a team of specialists, shows you exactly how to tackle a variety of home decorating tasks. Whether you are painting, wallpapering or tiling, it guides you step-by-step through every stage in the process, from initial preparation to the finishing touches, helping to ensure attractive and long-lasting results.
TOMRIS TANGAZ - THE INTERIOR DESIGN COURSE
Principles, practice and techniques: here is the ultimate guide for the aspiring designer. Discover how design has evolved over the centuries, and learn how to think visually and create your own personal style. Whether you are decorating your own home or thinking of taking up interior design professionally, you will find this book an invaluable and inspirational source of reference.
All books are available at www.amazon.co.uk