Books on Do It Yourself Projects and Building Green

Books and Audio Resources

book shelf pictureFor your further education and enjoyment, check out these books and audio resources. We have hand-picked these books and learning resources to make the most of your precious reading time.

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Do It Yourself Design & Inspiration

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A philosopher / mechanic destroys the pretensions of the high-prestige workplace and makes an irresistible case for working with one’s hands. Shop Class as Soulcraft brings alive an experience that was once quite common but now seems to be receding from society, ” the experience of making and fixing things with our hands.”
Also available on Audio CD


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“If you’re seeking creative inspiration, or need a gift idea for that crafty person in your life, look no further than Salvage Studio of Seattle.” –Shed Style


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This absolutely indispensable and lavishly photographed guide redefines the best way to “go green” and addresses a timely topic in a way designed to appeal to a growing and eager audience. Completely user-friendly and filled with motivational case studies and informative graphics. Every page leads would-be remodellers through the process of understanding their home and surroundings so they’ll arrive at the perfect design solution.
Selected as a finalist for the 2007 Nautilus Book Awards.


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Author and farmer Judy Pangman combed the country to select these 45 plans for housing both laying hens and meat birds (chickens or turkeys). The coops range from fashionable backyard structures featured in the annual Seattle Tilth City Chickens Tour and the Mad City Chickens Tour in Madison, Wisconsin, to the large-scale, moveable structures Joel Salatin has fashioned for Polyface Farm in Virginia.

Restore Recycled Repurpose Restore. Recycle. Repurpose.: Create a Beautiful Home (A Country Living Book)
by Randy Florke and Nancy J. Becker
$24.95 Hardcover
@ 2010 Hearst
From Country Living contributing editor Randy Florke comes a this beautiful guide to decorating sustainably and inexpensively, with salvage materials featured prominently. Providing inspiration as well as instruction, Florke shows how everyone can achieve a look that’s both harmonious with the environment and beautiful.


Fix It Yourself


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Dare to Repair: A Do-it-Herself Guide to Fixing (Almost) Anything in the Home
By Julie Sussman, Stephanie Glakas-tenet
$16.99 – paperback
©2002 Harper Paperbacks
This is NOT your father’s home repair book! And it’s not your husband’s, your brother’s, your boyfriend’s, or the guy’s next door. Dare to Repair is a do-it-herself book for every woman who would rather be self-reliant than rely on a super or contractor. Filled with detailed illustrations, Dare to Repair provides even the most repair-challenged woman with the ability to successfully fix things around the home. Once you start, you won’t want to stop. ~ Amazon review


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Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual: Completely Revised and Updated
By Family Handyman Magazine Editors
$35.00- Hardcover
Reader’s Digest Association
With more than ten million copies sold since the original version debuted in 1973, the “Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual” has been completely updated and revised for a new generation of homeowners. 5,000+ photos & illustrations.


Upcycling by Danny SeoUpcycling: Create Beautiful Things with the Stuff You Already Have
Danny Seo
$18.00 – Paperback
@ Running Press
Renowned environmental lifestyle expert and Today Show regular Danny Seo shares 100 of his most inspiring projects for creative transformation.  With full-color photos throughout to guide and inspire, Danny shows that it’s easy to be crafty, and fun to be budget- and eco-conscious.


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