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The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royal...
by Denise Kiernan

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English

Pages

401

Publication Date

September 26, 2017

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From the author of the <i>New York Times</i> bestseller <i>The Girls of Atomic City</i> comes the fascinating true story behind the magnificent Gilded Age mansion Biltmore—the largest, grandest residence ever built in the United States.<BR><BR>Orphaned at a young age, Edith Stuyvesant Dresser claimed lineage from one of New York’s best known families. She grew up in Newport and Paris, and her engagement and marriage to George Vanderbilt was one of the most watched events of Gilded Age society. But none of this prepared her to be mistress of Biltmore House.<BR> <BR>Before their marriage, the wealthy and bookish Vanderbilt had dedicated his life to creating a spectacular European-style estate on 125,000 acres of North Carolina wilderness. He summoned the famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted to tame the grounds, collaborated with celebrated architect Richard Morris Hunt to build a 175,000-square-foot chateau, filled it with priceless art and antiques, and erected a charming village beyond the gates. Newlywed Edith was now mistress of an estate nearly three times the size of Washington, DC and benefactress of the village and surrounding rural area. When fortunes shifted and changing times threatened her family, her home, and her community, it was up to Edith to save Biltmore—and secure the future of the region and her husband’s legacy.<BR> <BR>The story of Biltmore spans World Wars, the Jazz Age, the Depression, and generations of the famous Vanderbilt family, and features a captivating cast of real-life characters including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe, Teddy Roosevelt, John Singer Sargent, James Whistler, Henry James, and Edith Wharton. <i>The Last Castle </i>is the unique American story of how the largest house in America flourished, faltered, and ultimately endured to this day.
The Design of Everyday Things: Revised and Expanded Edition
by Donald A. Norman

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English

Pages

370

Publication Date

November 05, 2013

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<b>The ultimate guide to human-centered design </b><br />Even the smartest among us can feel inept as we fail to figure out which light switch or oven burner to turn on, or whether to push, pull, or slide a door. <br />The fault, argues this ingenious -- even liberating -- book, lies not in ourselves, but in product design that ignores the needs of users and the principles of cognitive psychology. The problems range from ambiguous and hidden controls to arbitrary relationships between controls and functions, coupled with a lack of feedback or other assistance and unreasonable demands on memorization.<i><br /></i><i>The Design of Everyday Things</i> shows that good, usable design is possible. The rules are simple: make things visible, exploit natural relationships that couple function and control, and make intelligent use of constraints. The goal: guide the user effortlessly to the right action on the right control at the right time.<br /><br /><i>The Design of Everyday Things</i> is a powerful primer on how -- and why -- some products satisfy customers while others only frustrate them.<br />
Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraor...
by Ingrid Fetell Lee

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English

Pages

346

Publication Date

September 04, 2018

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<b>Next Big Idea Club selection -- chosen by Malcolm Gladwell, Susan Cain, Dan Pink, and Adam Grant as one of the "two most groundbreaking new nonfiction reads of the season!"</b><b> </b><b><i><br /></i></b><b><i>Inc</i>'s "10 Most Inspiring Books of 2018"</b><b><i>Real Simple</i>'s "Best Books of 2018"</b><b><i>Elle</i>'s "29 Best Books of 2018" </b><b><i>TechCrunch</i>'s "Favorite Things of 2018"</b><b><br /></b><b>"This book has the power to change everything! Writing with depth, wit, and insight, Ingrid Fetell Lee shares all you need to know in order to create external environments that give rise to inner joy."--Susan Cain, author of <i>Quiet</i> and founder of Quiet Revolution</b> <b><br />Designer and TED star Ingrid Fetell Lee presents groundbreaking research to explain how making small changes to your surroundings can create extraordinary happiness in your life.</b><br /> <br />Have you ever wondered why we stop to watch the orange glow that arrives before sunset, or why we flock to see cherry blossoms bloom in spring? Is there a reason that people -- regardless of gender, age, culture, or ethnicity -- are mesmerized by baby animals, and can't help but smile when they see a burst of confetti or a cluster of colorful balloons. <br /><br />We are often made to feel that the physical world has little or no impact on our inner joy. Increasingly, experts urge us to find balance and calm by looking inward -- through mindfulness or meditation -- and muting the outside world. But what if the natural vibrancy of our surroundings is actually our most renewable and easily accessible source of joy? <br /><br />In <i>Joyful</i>, designer Ingrid Fetell Lee explores how the seemingly mundane spaces and objects we interact with every day have surprising and powerful effects on our mood. Drawing on insights from neuroscience and psychology, she explains why one setting makes us feel anxious or competitive, while another fosters acceptance and delight -- and, most importantly, she reveals how we can harness the power of our surroundings to live fuller, healthier, and truly joyful lives. <br />
Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave
by Joanna Gaines

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English

Pages

352

Publication Date

November 06, 2018

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<p></p><p></p><p>In <em>Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave</em>, Joanna Gaines walks you through how to create a home that reflects the personalities and stories of the people who live there. Using examples from her own farmhouse as well as a range of other homes, this comprehensive guide will help you assess your priorities and instincts, as well as your likes and dislikes, with practical steps for navigating and embracing your authentic design style. Room by room, <em>Homebody </em>gives you an in-depth look at how these styles are implemented as well as how to blend the looks you're drawn to in order to create spaces that feel distinctly yours. A design template at the end of the book offers a step-by-step guide to planning and sketching out your own design plans. The insight shared in <em>Homebody </em>will instill in you the confidence to thoughtfully create spaces you never want to leave.</p>
Ultimate Guide to Home Repair and Improvement, Updated Edition: P...
by Editors of Creative Homeo...

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Language

English

Pages

600

Publication Date

August 30, 2016

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<p>The most complete home improvement manual on the market, this book offers more than 2,300 photos, 800 drawings, and understandable, practical text. Readers will find essential instruction on plumbing and electrical repairs, heating and cooling, roofing and siding, cabinets and countertops, and more. Information is also provided on tools, materials, and basic skills, plus 325 step-by-step projects with how-to photo sequences. The <i>Ultimate Guide to Home Repair & Improvement </i>also includes a remodeling guide and a resource guide. Top to bottom, inside and out, this is the single, ultimate resource book for home projects and repairs.</p><br /><p>"This manual is highly recommended"—Library Journal</p><br /><p>“The definitive ‘how to’ reference and instructional guide for anyone seeking to re-model, renovate, repair, or maintain any aspect of their residence”— Midwest Book Review</p><br /><p></p><br /><p> </p>
How Your House Works: A Visual Guide to Understanding and Maintai...
by Charlie Wing

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English

Pages

217

Publication Date

July 24, 2018

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<p><b>The updated and highly illustrated guide to understanding how just about everything in your house works! </b></p> <p>The revised and updated third edition of<i> How Your House Works </i>is a hands-on guide that gives you the low-down on why your faucet is leaking, your dishwasher is overflowing, or your furnace is on the fritz. This comprehensive book is your reference to virtually everything in your house with richly illustrated explanations of electrical systems, heating and air conditioning, plumbing, major household appliances, foundation, framing, doors, and windows. This must-have book answers most questions homeowners face when repairs are needed or when a new house or addition is in your future.</p> <p><i>How Your House Works</i> is filled with easy-to-understand illustrations that show how things should be put together and how they function. The book also highlights issues outside the house as well as clock thermostats, ventless gas heaters, moisture and mold, and passive solar heating. Using the illustrations and the author’s clear explanations might save you the expense of calling a professional. This invaluable guide: </p> <ul> <li>Offers a colorful resource to home electrical systems, HVAC, plumbing, major household appliances, foundation, framing, doors and windows, sustainability, and much more</li> <li>Includes easy-to-follow information for troubleshooting problems</li> <li>Contains dozens of new full-color illustrations</li> <li>Presents new chapters on solar power and smart home technologies</li> <li>Helps homeowners save money on many common household repairs</li> </ul> <p>Written for homeowners with little or no knowledge of home maintenance or repair, <i>How Your House Works</i> is your illustrated and updated guide to understanding how appliances, electrical, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, and more work!</p>
The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution
by Yuri Slezkine

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English

Pages

1106

Publication Date

August 07, 2017

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<p><b>On the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, the epic story of an enormous apartment building where Communist true believers lived before their destruction</b></p><p><i>The House of Government</i> is unlike any other book about the Russian Revolution and the Soviet experiment. Written in the tradition of Tolstoy's <i>War and Peace</i>, Grossman’s <i>Life and Fate</i>, and Solzhenitsyn’s <i>The Gulag Archipelago</i>, Yuri Slezkine’s gripping narrative tells the true story of the residents of an enormous Moscow apartment building where top Communist officials and their families lived before they were destroyed in Stalin’s purges. A vivid account of the personal and public lives of Bolshevik true believers, the book begins with their conversion to Communism and ends with their children’s loss of faith and the fall of the Soviet Union.</p><br /><p>Completed in 1931, the House of Government, later known as the House on the Embankment, was located across the Moscow River from the Kremlin. The largest residential building in Europe, it combined 505 furnished apartments with public spaces that included everything from a movie theater and a library to a tennis court and a shooting range. Slezkine tells the chilling story of how the building’s residents lived in their apartments and ruled the Soviet state until some eight hundred of them were evicted from the House and led, one by one, to prison or their deaths.</p><br /><p>Drawing on letters, diaries, and interviews, and featuring hundreds of rare photographs, <i>The House of Government</i> weaves together biography, literary criticism, architectural history, and fascinating new theories of revolutions, millennial prophecies, and reigns of terror. The result is an unforgettable human saga of a building that, like the Soviet Union itself, became a haunted house, forever disturbed by the ghosts of the disappeared.</p>
The Complete Guide to Contracting Your Home: A Step-by-Step Metho...
by , Dave McGuerty

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English

Pages

368

Publication Date

January 12, 2017

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<b>Save 30% on home construction!</b><br /><br /> Whether you want to take on all the responsibility of contracting your home or simply want to intelligently communicate with your homebuilder, <i>The Complete Guide to Contracting Your Home</i> can help you save 30% or more on the cost of home construction by teaching you the ins and outs of managing your construction project.<br /><br /> Learn how to get your project off to a solid start. Get financial and legal details in language you can understand. Learn what to consider when selecting a lot and how to deal with suppliers, labor and subcontractors. Gain understanding of building codes and inspections so you can manage with authority, confidence, and efficiency.<br /><br /> This extensive guide walks you through each phase of construction including preconstruction, foundations, framing, roofing, plumbing, electrical, masonry, siding, insulation, drywall, trim, painting, cabinetry, countertops, flooring, tile and landscaping.<br /><br /> Completely revised and updated, this edition includes a new section on sustainable building as well as the most comprehensive building resources section ever compiled. You'll find schedules, order forms, control logs, contracts and checklists to help keep your project on track.
100 Things Every Homeowner Must Know: How to Save Money, Solve Pr...
by Editors Of Family Handyma...

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English

Pages

288

Publication Date

April 07, 2015

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The Family Handyman’s 100 Things Every Homeowner Must Know gives you the knowledge you need to be a better homeowner. You’ll make informed decisions, avoid frustrations and save thousands over the life of your home.<br /><br />The Family Handyman’s 100 Things Every Homeowner Must Know gives you the knowledge you need to be a better homeowner. You’ll make informed decisions, avoid frustrations and save thousands over the life of your home. Here’s just a small sample of what’s inside:<br /> <li> The smartest thing you can do before going on vacation <br /> </li><li>Push a button and save $100 <br /> </li><li>Be ready for any natural disaster<br /> </li><li>Make burglars bypass your house <br /> </li><li>The most effective way to cut heating and cooling costs <br /> </li><li>Clever shortcuts for home maintenance—indoors and out <br /> </li><li>Keep mice, ants and other invaders out of your house <br /> </li><li>Boost curb appeal without remodeling <br /> </li><li>What to do when the power goes out <br /> </li><li>The most common—and costly—homeowner mistakes <br /> </li><li>Eliminate noises, odors and other household irritations <br /> </li><li>Grow the best lawn on the block <br /> </li><li>Secret weapons pros use for easy, instant repairs <br /> </li><li>Make appliances last years longer <br /> </li><li>The key to drip-free faucets <br /> </li><li>Make your mower start right up—every time <br /> </li><li>Cures for damp basements <br /> </li><li>Exterminate mold and mildew <br /> </li><li>Pick a paint color you’ll love <br /> </li><li>Get faster downloads and better TV quality <br /> </li><li>Stop peeling paint <br /> <br />Plus, incredibly easy repairs for appliances, plumbing, flooring, walls, furniture and more!</li>
Skoolie!: How to Convert a School Bus or Van into a Tiny Home or ...
by Will Sutherland

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English

Pages

208

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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School buses that have been converted into mobile living spaces — known as skoolies — are a natural extension of the tiny house craze. Buses are not only easier and safer to drive than an RV, they provide a jump-start on the conversion process with frame, roof, and floor already in place. Experienced builder Will Sutherland, whose creative school bus conversions have been featured in <i>Road and Track</i> and <i>Popular Mechanics</i>, is behind the wheel of this alluring look at life on the road. In addition to profiles of eight fellow skoolie fans and stunning photos of bus interiors designed for simple living, <i>Skoolie!</i> does what no other book on the subject has — it offers a complete, step-by-step guide to the conversion process, from seat removal to planning layout and installing insulation, flooring, and furnishings that meet your needs.<br /><br /> This publication conforms to the EPUB Accessibility specification at WCAG 2.0 Level AA.<br />  

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