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100 Things Every Man Should Know

by Gareth May

This manual for the modern man is a brilliantly witty, honest and down-to-earth guide, which tells you all the things your best friend can't. Drawing on centuries of male wisdom, it covers every conceivable situation, including:- How to hit a bullseye in darts- Know your beef- What to look for in a second hand car- Essential DIY tips- How to organise a stag do- How to give yourself a number one cutThe perfect gift for any man who has ever struggled to tie a perfect tie or fix a U-bend.

The 1950s American Home (Shire Library USA #740)

by Diane Boucher

Modern living began with the homes of the 1950s. Casting aside the privations of the Second World War, American architects embraced the must-have mod-cons: they wrapped fitted kitchens around fridges, washing machines, dishwashers and electric ovens, gave televisions pride of place in the living room, and built integrated garages for enormous space-age cars. So why was this change so radical? In what ways did life change for people moving into these swanky new homes, and why has the legacy of the 1950s home endured for so long? Diane Boucher answers these questions and more in this colorful introduction to the homes that embody the golden age of modern design.

The 1950s American Home (Shire Library USA)

by Diane Boucher

Modern living began with the homes of the 1950s. Casting aside the privations of the Second World War, American architects embraced the must-have mod-cons: they wrapped fitted kitchens around fridges, washing machines, dishwashers and electric ovens, gave televisions pride of place in the living room, and built integrated garages for enormous space-age cars. So why was this change so radical? In what ways did life change for people moving into these swanky new homes, and why has the legacy of the 1950s home endured for so long? Diane Boucher answers these questions and more in this colorful introduction to the homes that embody the golden age of modern design.

21st-Century Smallholder: From Window Boxes To Allotments: How To Go Back To The Land Without Leaving Home

by Paul Waddington

Achieving genuine self-sufficiency of the kind described in John Seymour's classic guide is sadly beyond the vast reach of the urban majority today. Few have the space, and for those few there are comprehensive guidebooks. But where do the rest of us look for the answers to questions like how much effort does it really take to grow your own food? Is beekeeping difficult? Is solar power really worth the bother?From a small terraced house in the middle of a big city, Paul Waddington has made it his business to find out, and while trying it himself, has created a practical and absorbing guidebook along the way. It includes easy-to-read lists, tables, personal anecdote, and stunning illustrations, and more importantly demystifies the subject with practical tips that get to the heart of the matter to show you how you can enjoy the fulfilling aspects of the smallholding life without the hassle and expense of 'going all the way'. If you want to go back to the land without leaving home, this is the perfect guide.

50 Fantastic Ideas for Nursery Gardens (50 Fantastic Ideas)

by Clodagh Halse June O'Sullivan

The outdoor environment is a rich, dynamic and natural space for promoting learning and development in children of all ages. Its value as an essential learning resource has been recognised by many government policies, including the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), particularly within the principle of 'Enabling Environments'. In a survey of schools who had improved their grounds, 65% reported an improved attitude to learning, 73% an improvement in behaviour and 64% a reduction in bullying.50 Fantastic Ideas for Nursery Gardens is packed full of exciting activities, such as making a bird feeder and a garden treasure hunt, that have been tried and tested in the LEYF (London Early Years Foundation) nursery gardens with the children and nursery staff. These are designed to enrich children's skills and knowledge by broadening their horizons and opening up wider opportunities, extend language and contribute to deeper conversations about the great outdoors.

Active House: Smart Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (SpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology)

by Federica Brunone Arianna Brambilla Graziano Salvalai Marco Imperadori Lone Feifer

The book provides an overview of the Active House (AH) vision, intended as a building design method “beyond” the passive approach for buildings of the future that will be more and more connected, smart and innovative. It offers a novel philosophical design approach in which buildings, new or renovated, are in balance with natural, renewable energies and become “concentrators-distributors” of energies instead of being consumers of resources. The book is composed of five chapters, providing information on fundamental aspects of innovations toward resource-efficient buildings, as well as case studies presenting the concept in practice. It demonstrates that a completely new design approach is possible, and that a turning point has been reached. Lastly, it shows how the AH Alliance, along with designers, institutions, industries and academies, is bringing a breath of fresh air to the world of construction.

Adding Value to Your Home

by Phil Spencer

Is it really a good idea to install that expensive cappuccino maker when you haven't fitted a good working boiler or decent flooring? And what about the value added by sprucing up the bathroom (and losing that avocado suite with gold taps)? Will it be worth spending a fortune on expensive fittings or will B&Q do the job?In the complicated world of home improvements, it is every bit as important to know what not to do, as it is what to do, when planning where to focus your energies and spend your budget. Not everything adds value in cash terms, but some ideas could make your house easier to sell. Phil Spencer's Adding Value to Your Home is about both making your property a better place for you to live, and enhancing the value of your principal asset should you decide to sell. In a competitive property market it is crucial to get this right, and no one can help more than property guru Phil Spencer. Showing you how to attract the most attention from buyers and what will make your house sell quicker and for more cash, this book is packed full of practical advice, clear information and real-life case studies.From simple DIY projects or insulating the loft, to coming up with a well-planned and well-executed extension, Adding Value to Your Home is here to help you understand what could work best for you, and what will make the overall feel of your house more valuable in the eyes of a potential buyer.

Adobe Homes for All Climates: Simple, Affordable, and Earthquake-Resistant Natural Building Techniques

by Lisa Schroder Vince Ogletree

The lay-up of adobe bricks is an easy, forgiving way to achieve a solid masonry-wall system. Contrary to stereotypes, adobe is perfectly adaptable for use in cold, wet climates as well as hot and dry ones, and for areas prone to earthquakes. With its efficient use of energy, natural resources for construction, and minimal effort for long-term maintenance, it’s clear that the humble adobe brick is an ideal option for constructing eco-friendly structures throughout the world. The book is ideal both for first-time do-it-yourselfers and for experienced adobe builders seeking to improve their craft. Drawing on the experience of more than fifty major adobe projects since 1993, Adobe Homes for All Climates describes Adobe Building Systems’ patented reinforcement and scaffolding systems, showing readers how to construct adobe homes more easily and safely, and with superior strength, durability, structural integrity, and aesthetic appeal, as compared to earthen homes of the past. All aspects of adobe construction are covered, including making and laying adobe bricks, installing lintels and arches, conduits and pipes, doors and windows, top plates and bondbeams, ideal wall dimensions, adobe finishes, and other adobe construction components, such as the inexpensive use of scaffolding. These methods will produce a premium product that will meet and often exceed inspection standards. Equipped with this manual, you will be able to obtain a building permit, make adobe bricks swiftly, and confidently lay them up. You will be able to beautifully finish your adobe walls with earth plasters creating stunning colors and outstanding light effects and create a beautiful, energy-efficient home that will last for generations to come.

Advances and Challenges in Structural Engineering: Proceedings of the 2nd GeoMEast International Congress and Exhibition on Sustainable Civil Infrastructures, Egypt 2018 – The Official International Congress of the Soil-Structure Interaction Group in Egypt (SSIGE) (Sustainable Civil Infrastructures)

by Amr Elnashai Hugo Rodrigues

This edited volume on challenges in structural and bridge engineering brings together contributions to this important area of engineering research. The volume presents findings and case studies on fundamental and applied aspects of structural engineering, applied to buildings, bridges and infrastructures in general, and heritage patrimony. The scope of the volume focuses on the application of advanced experimental and numerical techniques and new technologies to the built environment. The volume is based on the best contributions to the 2nd GeoMEast International Congress and Exhibition on Sustainable Civil Infrastructures, Egypt 2018 – The official international congress of the Soil-Structure Interaction Group in Egypt (SSIGE).

Advances in Design for Inclusion: Proceedings of the AHFE 2018 International Conference on Design for Inclusion, July 21-25, 2018, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida, USA (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing #776)

by Giuseppe Di Bucchianico

This book addresses a range of topics in design, such as universal design, design for all, digital inclusion, universal usability, and accessibility of technologies for people regardless of their age, financial situation, education, geographic location, culture and language. It especially focuses on accessibility for people with auditory, cognitive, neurological, and visual impairments, ageing populations, and mobility for those with special physical needs. The book explores some of the overlaps between inclusive design and web accessibility to help managers, designers, developers, policy makers, and researchers optimize their efforts in these areas. Based on the AHFE 2018 International Conference on Design for Inclusion, held on July 21–25, 2018, in Orlando, Florida, USA, it discusses new design technologies and highlights the disparate needs of the individuals within a community. Thanks to its multidisciplinary approach, it is a valuable resource for readers from various backgrounds, providing them a timely, practice-oriented guide to design for inclusion.

Advances in Human Factors, Sustainable Urban Planning and Infrastructure: Proceedings of the AHFE 2017 International Conference on Human Factors, Sustainable Urban Planning and Infrastructure, July 17−21, 2017, The Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles, California, USA (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing #600)

by Jerzy Charytonowicz

This book deals with human factors research directed towards realizing and assessing sustainability in the built environment. It reports on advanced engineering methods for sustainable infrastructure design, as well as on assessments of the efficient methods and the social, environmental, and economic impact of various designs and projects. The book covers a range of topics, including the use of recycled materials in architecture, ergonomics in buildings and public design, sustainable design for smart cities, design for the aging population, industrial design, human scale in architecture, and many more. Based on the AHFE 2017 International Conference on Human Factors, Sustainable Urban Planning and Infrastructure, held on July 17–21, 2017, in Los Angeles, California, USA, this book, by showing different perspectives on sustainability and ergonomics, represents a useful source of information for designers in general, urban engineers, architects, infrastructure professionals, practitioners, public infrastructure owners, policy makers, government engineers and planners, as well as operations managers, and academics active in applied research.

Advances in Human Factors, Sustainable Urban Planning and Infrastructure: Proceedings of the AHFE 2018 International Conference on Human Factors, Sustainable Urban Planning and Infrastructure, July 21-25, 2018, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida, USA (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing #788)

by Christianne Falcão Jerzy Charytonowicz

This book discusses human factors research directed towards realizing and assessing sustainability in the built environment. It reports on advanced engineering methods for sustainable infrastructure design, as well as on assessments of the efficient methods and the social, environmental, and economic impact of various designs and projects. The book covers a range of topics, including the use of recycled materials in architecture, ergonomics in buildings and public design, sustainable design for smart cities, design for the aging population, industrial design, human scale in architecture, and many more. Based on the AHFE 2018 International Conference on Human Factors, Sustainable Urban Planning and Infrastructure, held on July 21–25, 2018, in Orlando, Florida, USA, it offers various perspectives on sustainability and ergonomics. As such, it is a valuable reference resource for designers, urban engineers, architects, infrastructure professionals, public infrastructure owners, policy makers, government engineers and planners, as well as operations managers and academics active in urban and infrastructure research.

Alan Titchmarsh How to Garden: Wildlife Gardening (How to Garden #12)

by Alan Titchmarsh

The most successful gardens work with nature to create natural environments in which jobs such as pollination and pest control are left to the wildlife. In this definitive guide, Alan Titchmarsh shows how to create natural ecosystems in your garden to encourage beneficial insects, birds and other wildlife and establish the best environment in which your garden will thrive.* Design ideas and planting plans for wildlife-friendly gardens* Wildlife gallery showing common birds, mammals, amphibians and insects and how to attract them to your garden* How to create natural habitats * Recommended trees, shrubs and flowers for biodiversity* Seasonal tasks for the year

Alan Titchmarsh How to Garden: Growing Roses (How to Garden #8)

by Alan Titchmarsh

The rose is the nation's favourite flower and never goes out of fashion. In this definitive guide, Alan Titchmarsh shows how to grow and care for roses in your garden. He covers all the essential techniques and provides inspirational ideas for training and planting schemes that will ensure healthy plants and stunning displays year on year.* A-Z directory of Alan's recommended roses* Essential techniques for pruning and support* How to combine roses with other plants* Suggested roses for all garden situations, including shady and exposed sites* Comprehensive guide to understanding rose types

Alan Titchmarsh How to Garden: Pruning And Training (How to Garden #10)

by Alan Titchmarsh

Deals with the basic skills that every gardener needs to know and understand. Think about what you're trying to achieve, whether it be formative shaping of the plant, maintenance, renewal or rejuvenation. Look at the best tools available for the job and the different techniques to use.Includes:* guidance on selecting and using tools and equipment* comprehensive instructions on pruning plants, including roses, shrubs and hedges* tips on how to increase cropping and flowering* advice on training for shape and supportAlan Titchmarsh imparts a lifetime of expertise in these definitive guides for beginners and experienced gardeners. Step-by-step illustrations and easy-to-follow instructions guide you through the basic gardening skills and on to the advanced techniques, providing everything you need to create and maintain your dream garden.

Alan Titchmarsh How to Garden: Small Gardens (How to Garden #11)

by Alan Titchmarsh

Successful gardens can be created in the smallest spaces, and in this inspiring and practical guide Alan Titchmarsh shows how to transform even the tiniest outdoor area into an attractive garden. With ideas for maximizing space and advice on garden design, planning and plant selection, this is the definitive handbook for anyone wanting to create a private haven in limited space.* Ideas for front gardens, side passages, courtyards, balconies, rooftops and windowsills* Tricks to make small spaces seem larger* How to use every inch of space, including containers* Easy-to-follow landscaping plans for all garden shapes and styles* Guidance on growing vegetables, herbs and fruit in small plots

Alan Titchmarsh How to Garden: Climbers and Wall Shrubs (How to Garden #1)

by Alan Titchmarsh

Vertical gardening adds an extra dimension to gardens and this book will cover the ins and outs of growing climbers and wall plants to get the very best in terms of cover, cropping and flowering. It will look at flowering plants, fruit and some vegetable plants, and how to make the most of every available space in your garden.Includes:* creative ideas for using climbing plants and wall shrubs effectively in the garden* quick lists of climbing plants for specific purposes, conditions or effects * A-Z profiles of recommended plants * practical advice on training, pruning and propagation* illustrated step-by-step guides to essential techniquesAlan Titchmarsh imparts a lifetime of expertise in these definitive practical guides for beginners and experienced gardeners. Step-by-step illustrations and easy-to-follow instructions guide you through the basic gardening skills and on to the advanced techniques, providing everything you need to successfully grow climbers and wall shrubs.

Alan Titchmarsh How to Garden: Container Gardening (How to Garden #2)

by Alan Titchmarsh

Expert advice on hanging baskets, window boxes, patio pots and sink gardens. Advice on compatibility of containers and plants such as bulbs, climbers and fruit and vegetables, and how to arrange them for maximum visual and olfactory impact.Includes:* style solutions for all types of garden* comprehensive advice on plant selection* guidance on seasonal care, repotting, watering and feeding* tips on how to achieve year-round colour and scentAlan Titchmarsh imparts a lifetime of expertise in these definitive guides for beginners and experienced gardeners. Step-by-step illustrations and easy-to-follow instructions guide you through the basic gardening skills and on to the advanced techniques, providing everything you need to create and maintain your dream garden.

Alan Titchmarsh How to Garden: Flowering Shrubs (How to Garden #3)

by Alan Titchmarsh

Flowering shrubs can be the most dramatic and beautiful features in a garden. This book gives Alan Titchmarsh's expert advice on selecting the right plants for you, looking at colour, size and aspect to create stunning effects and healthy, happy plants.Includes:* guidance on choosing flowering shrubs for colour and situation* practical advice on planting, general care, propagation, pruning and renovation* illustrated A-Z profiles of recommended plants* detailed planting plans for using shrubs in borders * step-by-step illustrations showing essential techniques Alan Titchmarsh imparts a lifetime of expertise in these definitive guides for beginners and experienced gardeners. Step-by-step illustrations and easy-to-follow instructions guide you through the basic gardening skills and on to the advanced techniques, providing everything you need to enjoy flowering shrubs in your garden.

Alan Titchmarsh How to Garden: Flowers and Foliage for Cutting (How to Garden #33)

by Alan Titchmarsh

We all enjoy having fresh flowers in the home, but they can sometimes be costly and the range is often limited. In this inspiring guide, Alan Titchmarsh shows how to grow a vibrant selection of plants to use in arrangements: flowers of many shapes, sizes and colours, and foliage, berries and seedheads too. With a little planning, you can have something beautiful in your home every day of the year. * A–Z directory of Alan’s recommended plants for cutting * Ideas for arrangements and planting plans for cutting plots * Tips on choosing the right plants for your garden * Expert advice on cutting and preparing flowers and foliage * Seasonal recommendations and ideas for special occasions

Alan Titchmarsh How to Garden: Garden Design (How to Garden #4)

by Alan Titchmarsh

Covers everything from the initial planning of your garden on paper to how to make your design a reality with planting, laying and construction guides. This single book will tell you everything you could need to know to achieve your ideal garden.Includes:* how to assess your site, create a style and source materials* advice on planting schemes and achieving year-round interest* tips on working with design principles such as scale, proportion and balance* simple instructions for hard landscapingAlan Titchmarsh imparts a lifetime of expertise in these definitive guides for beginners and experienced gardeners. Step-by-step illustrations and easy-to-follow instructions guide you through the basic gardening skills and on to the advanced techniques, providing everything you need to create and maintain your dream garden.

Alan Titchmarsh How to Garden: Gardening in the Shade (How to Garden #15)

by Alan Titchmarsh

Overcome the problems every gardener faces with helpful solutions to the problem of shady spots, and handy tips on how to make the most of these notoriously difficult areas.Includes:* creative design ideas for brightening up dark spaces, including north-facing walls* directory of shade-loving plants* care advice for shady lawns and how to deal with moss and algae* ways to achieve year-round colour and interestAlan Titchmarsh imparts a lifetime of expertise in these definitive guides for beginners and experienced gardeners. Step-by-step illustrations and easy-to-follow instructions guide you through the basic gardening skills and on to the advanced techniques, providing everything you need to create and maintain your dream garden.

Alan Titchmarsh How to Garden: Greenhouse Gardening (How to Garden #5)

by Alan Titchmarsh

The greenhouse is one of the most useful tools a gardener can have. It is a place to propagate seedlings, nurture young plants, experiment with exotic planting and hide from the rain. This book provides all the information and advice you will need to decide which greenhouse is right for you, set it up and get your planting going, and all under the watchful eye of the nation's favourite gardener.Includes:* guidance on selecting, installing and maintaining a greenhouse* recommended vegetables, fruit, herbs and ornamental plants for growing under cover* practical advice on general care, harvesting, storage, propagation and pest control* seasonal management guide* step-by-step illustrations showing essential techniquesAlan Titchmarsh imparts a lifetime of expertise in these definitive guides for beginners and experienced gardeners. Step-by-step illustrations and easy-to-follow instructions guide you through the basic gardening skills and on to the advanced techniques, providing everything you need to get the most from your greenhouse.

Alan Titchmarsh How to Garden: Grow Your Own Plants (How to Garden #34)

by Alan Titchmarsh

One of the most exciting aspects of gardening is growing your own plants from scratch. In this definitive guide, Alan Titchmarsh shows how simple it is to propagate plants by following a few basic techniques. Learn how to produce a flourishing garden filled with ornamental and edible plants, at very little expense. * Demystified, down-to-earth approach to propagation * Easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step diagrams * A–Z directory with recommended propagation techniques for each plant * Key tips on taking cuttings, sowing seed, layering and division * Guidance on promoting growth of young plants

Alan Titchmarsh How to Garden: Growing Bulbs (How to Garden #6)

by Alan Titchmarsh

Daffodils and tulips herald the arrival of spring, but from the earliest snowdrops to autumn crocosmias, bulbs bring colour and interest to gardens all year round. They can be naturalized in lawns, planted in containers, fill gaps between shrubs or form the basis of stunning borders. This definitive guide gives you Alan Titchmarsh's advice on how to plant bulbs for best effect in your garden.* A-Z directory of Alan's recommended bulbs, corms, tubers and rhizomes* Easy-to-follow plans show how to use bulbs in various situations and at different times of year* Practical tips for growing bulbs in grass, rockeries, containers, indoors and for cutting* Planting and growing techniques* Seasonal planting for year-round colour and scent

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