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  Architecture & Construction
cover Architecture Without Architects : A Short Introduction to Non-Pedigreed Architecture
cover Interior Construction & Detailing for Designers and Architects
Architecture : Form, Space, & Order
A comprehensive primer on the ways form and space are interrelated and organized in the shaping of our environment. Revisions include numerous new hand-rendered drawings; expanded sections on openings, scale, and design principles; examples of contemporary architectural design elements; a new glossary and index; and a larger (8.5x11") size. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
A Sampler of Alternative Homes : Approaching Sustainable Architecture
Enjoy a look at a fascinating variety of homes and the creative people who built them! Discover how passive solar design and environmentally low-impact materials can be used to create comfortable and economical homes. See the use of both traditional materials, such as adobe, and innovative materials, such as papercrate and sandbags.
Building Construction Illustrated, 3rd Edition
Comprehensive and up-to-date - the classic visual guide to the basics of building construction. For twenty-five years, Building Construction Illustrated has offered an outstanding introduction to the principles of building construction. Now this Third Edition has been expertly revised and updated to address the latest advances in materials, building technology, and code requirements.
Color Drawing: Design Drawing Skills and Techniques for Architects, Landscape Architects, and Interior Designers
A stunning new edition of the classic book on color drawing Encompassing drawing technique, color, theory, and presentation drawings, Michael Doyle's Color Drawing has been used by thousands as a primary source of practical guidance and creative inspiration on color drawing and color composition. Now this second edition has been completely reorganized, updated, and refined-making it easier to use than ever. The first section covers light, color, materials, and techniques for communicating design ideas, while a brand new second section presents color and design principles that can be applied to create sophisticated presentation drawings. Illustrated in color throughout, the book employs a detailed how-to approach that offers unique practical insights on design exploration, presentation, and integrated color composition.
Enterprise Architecture Planning : Developing a Blueprint for Data, Applications and Technology
Enterprise Architecture Planning (EAP) is a high-level blueprint for data, applications, and technology that is a cost-effective long-term solution. The authors give you a common-sense approach to EAP, supported by examples of architectures, procedures, checklists, and useful guidelines.
Fundamentals of Building Construction : Materials and Methods
This invaluable resource focuses on basic materials and the methods employed in building construction. Featuring more than 600 photos and 400 line drawings, Fundamentals of Building Construction emphasizes common construction systems such as: light wood frames, masonry bearing walls, steel frames, and reinforced concrete.
Fundamentals of Residential Construction
Fundamentals of Residential Construction offers a complete, comprehensive presentation of today's residential construction systems, from foundation to roof and from exterior finishes to interior details, including all mechanical and electrical systems. It features the same lucid, straightforward writing, clear drawings, and extensive photographic illustrations that have made its parent book, Fundamentals of Building Construction, a bestseller. Wood light frame construction, the system by which most houses in North America are built, is emphasized. Industrialized systems of construction and alternative residential construction systems are also covered.
Graphic Guide to Frame Construction : Details for Builders and Designers
Teaching through hundreds of meticulous drawings, Rob Thallon's guide covers foundations, roofs, building systems and materials, durability, energy efficiency, and more.
Graphic Guide to Interior Details : For Builders and Designers
This is the essential resource for designers, builders and others who select and install paneling, flooring, cabinetry, stairways and trim. Just as Thallon's Graphic Guide to Frame Construction is the standard for residential frame construction details, this carefully researched volume is the authoritative guide to interior construction details.
Modern Architecture Since 1900
Since its first publication in 1985, Modern Architecture Since 1900 has become established as a contemporary classic. Worldwide in scope, the book combines a clear historical outline with masterly analysis and interpretation. Throughout the book, the author's focus is on the individual architect, and on the qualities that give outstanding buildings their lasting value. The third edition incorporates much new knowledge and a fresh appreciation of regional identity and variety. c.650 illustrations, 300 in color.
Simplified Engineering for Architects and Builders
First published in 1938, this book has become a must-have reference for the design and construction industries. With its highly accessible approach, readers will gain an entry-level understanding of the process of designing structures. The essentials are presented with a focus on the simple design solutions used in the vast majority of buildings.

  Building Your Dream Home
Build It Right! : What to Look for in Your New Home
When you remodel or build a house, you have what can seem like a million options. Knobs, handles, or finger grooves in the kitchen cabinets? Self-rimming sink or drop-in? Top vent fireplace or direct vent? Often you're at the mercy of a contractor whose eye is on getting a bigger cut of the eventual cost, so you can end up with the most expensive--and not necessarily the best--choice. Myron Ferguson diagrams and describes the options efficiently and helpfully, and straightforwardly states when and why a certain choice is best. This simple, pragmatic guide will be worth its weight in gold to the first-time remodeler and builder.
How to Design and Build Your Own House
This book guides you systematically through the whole process of designing and building your own house. It offers practical assistance from the moment you begin thinking about the kind of house you want. It helps you focus your ideas and translate them into working plans. It shows you how to estimate costs. Then, step by step, it shows you how to construct the house -- explaining and illustrating every step systematically so that you can proceed confidently from beginning to end.

  Buying A Home
cover 100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask : With Answers from Top Brokers from Around the Country
From the most trusted name in real estate: the indispensable guide that helps first-time buyers land the home of their dreams. Now revised and updated for today's marketplace.
cover The 106 Common Mistakes Homebuyers Make (& How to Avoid Them)
Written especially for first-timers, this eye-opening guide turns you into an educated consumer, ensuring that the home or condo you buy is both a comfortable place to live and an investment that steadily appreciates in value. Compiled from the experiences of hundreds of homebuyers, real estate agents, home builders, and mortgage lenders, it alerts you to the 106 common mistakes in home buying, illustrates them in practice, and shows how to prevent them from happening to you.
The 201 Questions Every Homebuyer and Homeseller Must Ask!
Lank provides beginners as well as experienced consumers with inside tips from the "Dear Abbey of Real Estate" (USA Today). Presenting the most commonly asked questions with straightforward answers from two different perspectives--the buyer's and the seller's, this book makes the real estate transaction process simple from start to finish.
Home Buying for Dummies
Buying a home doesn't have to mean sinking your life savings into a money pit. If you've always dreamed of owning your own home, here is a book that tells you how to make your dream come true -- without getting a bum deal (and maybe saving a penny or two along the way).

  Home Improvements & Repair
cover 52 Easy Weekend Home Improvements : A Year's Worth of Money-Saving Projects
cover Black & Decker: The Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair
100 Surefire Improvements to Sell Your House Faster
Discover simple, cost-effective home improvements to help sell houses quickly. Features inside tips from a variety of experts. Projects are ranked according to price with examples comparing what it would cost you versus hiring a contractor. Time estimates are given for each project. A chapter on tax consequences and advantages is also included.
Better Homes & Gardens - New Complete Guide to Home Repair & Improvement
The collective wisdom of Better Homes and Gardens is packed into the largest and most extensive home improvement reference guide on the market. With 3,000 full-color illustrations, step-by-step instructions for common repairs and improvements, special sidebars, and expertly informed attention to detail, this is the only home reference guide every homeowner needs.
The Family Handyman Weekend Improvements : Over 30 Do-It-Yourself Projects for the Home
A comprehensive volume includes everything from basic fix-ups to full face-lifts, covering such budget-saving projects as wallpapering, flooring, ceiling fixtures, adding windows, and building a closet. 50,000 first printing.
Home Book: The Ultimate Guide to Repairs & Improvements
This is the biggest, most complete home improvement book on the market-608 pages packed with over 2,300 photos, 800 drawings, and an understandable, practical text that covers your home from top to bottom, inside and out. In 28 chapters, readers will find out about foundations and framing, plumbing and electrical work, heating and cooling, roofing, siding, cabinets and furniture, decks, yards, and more.
Home Comforts : The Art and Science of Keeping House
Virtually everyone enjoys a crisply ironed dress shirt, clean sheets on a well-made bed, and a savory home-cooked meal. Yet housekeeping today stands as a somewhat neglected, if not maligned, job. But as author Cheryl Mendelson points out in Home Comforts, keeping house well can be a rewarding position--it allows you to provide for the physical and emotional comfort of loved ones. It's also not an easy job--there's much to be learned about properly managing a home, and Mendelson has set out to provide a guide to doing just that.
Home Improvement 1-2-3 : Expert Advice from the Home Depot
Featuring more than two thousand full-color instructions, a comprehensive manual from the experts at Home Depot offers guidance on all aspects of home remodeling, decorating, and repair, outlining clear, step-by-step instructions for do-it-yourself projects. 200,000 first printing.

  Interior Design & Outdoor Landscaping
cover Interior Construction & Detailing for Designers and Architects
cover Taylor's Master Guide to Landscaping
At Home with the Past: How the Love of Old Things Creates Beautiful Interiors
How can you bring the beauty and grace of the past into your own home? The rich, idiosyncratic aura of bygone days evokes a sense of roots--whether grand or modest, playful or serious--that offers comfort, ease, and, above all, warmth. It is this ambiance of character and charm that Steve Gross and Sue Daley have captured so stunningly in At Home with the Past.
Creating a Healthy Household : The Ultimate Guide for Healthier, Safer, Less-Toxic Living
Everything you put inside your house should be as healthy as the structure itself. Creating a Healthy Household offers practical suggestions for improving virtually every aspect of your homes indoor living environment. With chapters devoted to cleaning products, personal-care, clothing, linens, interior decorating, life-styles, housekeeping, air and water quality, and reducing electromagnetic radiation, no other book matches its thoroughness. It's an essential reference for anyone interested in their family's health and well-being.
The New City Home: Smart Design for Metro Living
There is a little untapped voyeur in all of us as we sneak glances at drawn-curtain windows and pore over decorating magazines. That tendency is magnified through Clagett's honest appraisal of 25 different urban homes, divided into three categories: lofts, apartments, and town homes. Each is presented as a design challenge--from accommodating a wheelchair to enlightening dark rooms--usually solved by an architect.
The New Decorating Book (Better Homes and Gardens(R))
Guides readers through the process of putting it all together, whether decorating an entire home, redoing a room, or looking for a solution to a specific decorating problem. * Divided into two useful sections: Part One devotes a chapter to each major room in the house, Part Two is organized by design topics. * 500+ photos of whole houses, rooms, and special details. * Dozens of illustrations on tackling specific projects, room makeovers show seasonal changes and decorative updates, decorating workshops offer small projects and fun quizzes.
The Shabby Chic Home
Most people are familiar with the hallmarks of Rachel Ashwell's shabby chic style: fabrics in pastel florals and stripes, chintz sofa covers, antique-store and yard-sale finds turned into home furnishings and accessories. At the heart of this breezy style is a very practical idea: don't buy new--use what you have or can find at thrift stores and secondhand shops and enjoy the old-fashioned charm that only aged pieces acquire. The same idea goes for houses. The Shabby Chic Home shows how an older home can take on a shabby chic appeal by being brought up to date without sacrificing any of its charm.

  Magazines

  Real Estate (For Agents)
cover 151 Tips for Realtors - By a Realtor
cover The Real Estate Agent's Business Planning Guide
Agents Guide to Real Estate : Power Your Career to Financial Success & Personal Happiness
Real estate markets all over the country are undergoing major changes. Top producer David Rathgeber shares what he has learned the hard way. Get the practical and proven details on critical topics including: Should you quit while you're still ahead,  How to get the jump on buyer-brokerage; Mistakes you make in every listing presentation; How to eliminate the listing presentation altogether;  Insights into contract negotiation - tactics to strategy; The most crucial issue facing real estate agents today; Current and future challenges and opportunities; How to make your business grow, effortlessly;And much, much more.
Closing the Deal: Negotiation Strategies for Real Estate Sales Success
This customized test prep guide is geared to the tests given in Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virgin Islands, Washington FREE CD-ROM for critical practice on computer-based versions of these tests, the most popular in most states Four complete exams based on the official tests Refresher courses that review the most tested concepts, including a reassuring review of real estate math Glossary of commonly tested real-estate terms.
How to Master the Art of Listing and Selling Real Estate
Tom Hopkins' career is the quintessential American success story, from a $42-a-month failure to millionaire, through the real estate sales techniques he developed and perfected. He has taught these techniques to more than one billion real estate pro on four continents, and now shares them with readers, revealing how to succeed in virtually any market.
Real Estate Rainmaker : Successful Strategies for Real Estate Marketing
The first book to focus on the entire process of lead management, not just front-end advertising and marketing Comprehensive and revolutionary, the three-step Real Estate Rainmaker system illustrates tested and proven techniques every sales person can use immediately. It also illustrates how readers can avoid the biggest mistake most salespeople make when they advertise properties alone--without the wider appeal of a direct response offer. Real Estate Rainmaker details twelve easy techniques to increase advertising results for no additional cost with proven direct response and lead generation techniques.

  Real Estate Exam Preparation
cover Real Estate Exam Guide : Designed for Asi Sales and Broker Exams
cover Your Guide to Passing the Amp Real Estate Exam
Asi Real Estate Sales Exam : Get Your Real Estate License
This customized test prep guide is geared to the tests given in Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virgin Islands, Washington FREE CD-ROM for critical practice on computer-based versions of these tests, the most popular in most states Four complete exams based on the official tests Refresher courses that review the most tested concepts, including a reassuring review of real estate math Glossary of commonly tested real-estate terms.

  Real Estate Investment
cover 5 Magic Paths to Making a Fortune in Real Estate
The five paths to riches real estate expert Jim Lumley describes are common approaches to property investment - fixer-uppers, lease/option, wholesale, buy-and-hold, and single- and multifamily rentals. But the real magic in this book is Lumley's uncanny ability to teach absolutely anyone - even lifelong renters - everything they need to know about the basics of real estate investment and how to make a killing using the five strategies
cover The Unofficial Guide to Real Estate Investing
After beating back a slump a decade ago, real estate has rebounded in a big way for the Millenium, offering a hot investment vehicle that even novices can ride to riches. The Unofficial Guide to Real Estate Investing clearly shows that the secret in getting rich lies not in get-rich-quick schemes but rather in investing in a commodity that has been around since the beginning of time -- terra firma, property.
Investing in Real Estate (Third Edition)
Experienced and successful real estate investors Andrew McLean and Gary Eldred explain in an easy-to-read guide packed with examples how you can make money investing in houses and small apartment buildings. Even with today's lower rates of inflation, residential real estate remains your surest and safest way to build wealth.
Real Estate Development: Principles and Process
Learn how the real estate development process works with the new edition of this best-selling book. Widely used by developers, planners, architects, investors, and other players on the development team, this book provides the most practical and thorough introduction to real estate development available.
Real Estate Finance and Investments (11th Ed)
This text continues to be the leader in its field with the most comprehensive coverage available and more challenging end-of-chapter problems than its competitors. This book is the "cornerstone" of real estate finance texts, and will continue to be by maintaining its strengths while keeping up with industry trends. For the Real Estate Finance/Investments course. Real Estate Finance is generally an elective for finance majors at both the undergraduate and MBA level. However, students are required to have taken an introductory finance class.
Rental Houses for the Successful Small Investor
A guidebook for the small investor who wants to invest in single-family rental houses. Chapters guide the reader through setting meaningful and realistic goals, locating money for down payments, selecting good properties to buy, getting a loan without doing "creative financing" gyrations, managing tenants with a minimum of time, writing leases and getting good landlord insurance, and eventually doing a tax deferred exchange. Written clearly with the beginner in mind, but including the information an experienced investor needs to learn.

  Rental Properties/Landlording
Landlording : A Handy Manual for Scrupulous Landlords and Landladies Who Do It Themselves
This bible of the landlording business has provided information about the proper way to conduct business and has shepherded landlords through inevitable day-to-day woes for 25 years. This latest edition is thoroughly updated with an expanded section on using the Internet, covering everything from shopping for supplies to setting market rents and advertising cheaply. More than 50 forms are included.
Rental Houses for the Successful Small Investor
A guidebook for the small investor who wants to invest in single-family rental houses. Chapters guide the reader through setting meaningful and realistic goals, locating money for down payments, selecting good properties to buy, getting a loan without doing "creative financing" gyrations, managing tenants with a minimum of time, writing leases and getting good landlord insurance, and eventually doing a tax deferred exchange. Written clearly with the beginner in mind, but including the information an experienced investor needs to learn.

  Selling Your Home
cover 100 Surefire Improvements to Sell Your House Faster
Discover simple, cost-effective home improvements to help sell houses quickly. Features inside tips from a variety of experts. Projects are ranked according to price with examples comparing what it would cost you versus hiring a contractor. Time estimates are given for each project. A chapter on tax consequences and advantages is also included.
cover The 201 Questions Every Homebuyer and Homeseller Must Ask!
Lank provides beginners as well as experienced consumers with inside tips from the "Dear Abbey of Real Estate" (USA Today). Presenting the most commonly asked questions with straightforward answers from two different perspectives--the buyer's and the seller's, this book makes the real estate transaction process simple from start to finish.
2,001 Winning Ads for Real Estate
The most complete volume of real estate classified ads ever written! Cover to cover, this is easy-to-use reference is jam-packed with 2,001 winning ads for just about any listing you'll ever have. From condos to mansions and everything in between. What's more, each chapter is broken down by location, size, terms, style and special features. Includes a complete listing of dozens of useful "ad tips' and a list of hundreds of words and phrases to help you describe even the most difficult properties in just the right way. The new 3rd edition has been fully updated to meet HUD's Part 109-Fair Housing Advertising Guidelines.
How to Sell Your Own Home: The Practical Homeowner's Guide to Selling by Owner
This new and updated second edition teaches you how to join the ranks of smart property owners who are easily selling their own property and greatly improving their personal financial position. Written by the publisher of a very successful for-sale-by-owner real estate magazine, this book shares the expert knowledge gained from helping tens of thousands of homeowners sell their own homes & land. This unique book is based on practical, real-life experience that translates into results.

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