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|Born out of the heritage of structures first imagined by and constructed for the British aristocracy, the contemporary conservatory represents the ultimate in traditional elegance married to informal comfort. With or without plants and flowers, they come in every conceivable size and shape-square, oblong, octagonal, or whatever your pleasure. The conservatory adds a treasured space to any home and makes a strong statement of individual style. The conservatories surveyed here play a rich architectural role through the use of classic detailing or sophisticated modern materials. Some are based on graceful Victorian antecedents while others are modernist sculptures of glass and steel. The evocative photographs in the book survey the spectrum of styles and interior design-everything from a Zen-inspired glass perch where the landscape outside becomes the room to a casual lounging area enclosed by a virtual jungle canopy. Specific chapters focus on decorating and accessorizing and demystify difficult decisions (color schemes, floor materials, and controlling natural light). Recent advances in weatherproofing, glass engineering, flooring, lighting, and zoned heating and cooling are covered. Also included is an A-to-Z glossary of recommended plants plus a directory of manufacturers and suppliers. |
ISBN: 0789315211 Date Published on 2/20/2007
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Porches not only provide a practical function by extending living and entertaining space, but they also fulfill aesthetic and social needs by exuding a sense of welcome and creating an appealing transition from indoor to outdoor. In Dream Porches and Sunrooms, homeowners are invited to discover the simple pleasures these additions can bring to their life by envisioning the various design possibilities available as well as gaining an overview of the porch creation process.
This highly-visual resource book overflows with vibrant color photography showcasing diverse outdoor additions in a variety of exterior styles arranged by purpose (dining, entertaining, relaxing, etc.) and location (city, suburbs, small town, waterfront), demonstrating how homeowners can select a design to suit their particular living space and needs. Sketched plan diagrams are included with many of the photos, and an in-depth chapter on the elements of "porch style" encompasses a wealth of decorative options for further inspiration.
Dream Porches and Sunrooms also highlights the important practical considerations to take into account before embarking on a porch project and selecting a suitable design. It concludes with a final chapter outlining the key choices and elements involved in the porch construction process, rendering them in a clear, concise manner using a mix of text and pictorial examples along with helpful checklists and sidebars.
ISBN: 006084728X Date Published on 4/4/2006
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|New ideas for natural living. Materials and products featured in photos are available at home improvement centers and hardware stores. Includes helpful background information and additional resources essential for DIYers. IdeaWise Porches & Sunrooms will show readers how to plan a sunroom or four-season porch that best suits a familys needs, and also how to furnish and decorate that space for maximum enjoyment and usefulness. It also includes dozens of ideas for making this special space truly unique. |
ISBN: 1589232232 Date Published on 2/1/2006
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|Porches and Sunrooms is the perfect reference tool for homeowners who are considering adding or renovating a porch, sunroom, or conservatory. Topics include planning and designing the outdoor room to bridge the indoors and outdoors, basic information on the rooms structure, and details on what a homeowner should know to add it to the house. Readers will see real-life examples in hundreds of beautiful, full-color photographs, discovering what a difference a porch can make to the outside of their home, or a sunroom to their indoor lifestyle. |
ISBN: 1580112684 Date Published on 10/15/2005
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|Homeowners are feathering their nests, and the one area of home improvement that continues to grow is sunrooms. As interest grows, so does the variety and style of sunrooms and conservatories.
Whether you want to use a sunroom as a dining area, a playroom, an office space, or simply a room in which to relax and let the outdoors in, you need a plan. This book includes exactly what every homeowner is seeking; hands-on, practical information; inspirational images; and templates for each style, ranging from Victorian to Edwardian and from regency to modern-in short, all the information you need to choose a style and design your own sunroom.
The book also includes a CD ROM to help design your sunroom, discussion of interior furnishings, sourcing materials, and much more.
ISBN: 1592532004 Date Published on 9/20/2005
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Guides homeowners through choices to create better outdoor rooms within budget and home style.
Current information on materials for foundations, furnishings, floor and wall coverings, and more.
Thoroughly explains planning and design issues, whether it’s a DIY project or working with a pro.
Practical information for wall construction, roofing types, drainage, site concerns, and other building details.
Extraordinary photographs inspire homeowners to bump out and build up to bring the outdoors in.
Handy worksheets combined with expert advice help homeowners avoid surprises.
ISBN: 0696222183 Date Published on 1/11/2005
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|Homeowners are feathering their nests and the one area of home improvement that continues to grow is in sunrooms and as interest grows, so does the variety and styles of sunrooms and conservatories.
Whether you want to use a sunroom as an add-on room for use as a dining area, playroom, office space, or simply a room to relax and let the outdoors in, you need a plan.
This book includes exactly what every homeowner is seeking hands-on practical information, inspirational images, and templates for each style, ranging from Victorian, Edwardian, Regency, and Modern. In short, all the information you need to choose a style and to design your own sunroom.
There?s also a discussion of interior furnishings, sourcing materials, and much more.
ISBN: 1592530273 Date Published on 2/1/2004
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According to the humorous social critic Fran Lebowitz, "the outdoors
is what you must pass through to get from your apartment into a taxicab." For homeowners today, the spaces between two forms of shelter are more than incidental atmosphere. Outdoor rooms have become the hearth of the home—often literally with exterior fireplaces. In today's busy world, where leisure time is precious, people want the most out of their homes, and are bringing comfort to all living spaces—inside and out.
ISBN: 1564967654 Date Published on 3/1/2001
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|When I was twelve, I made a naïve, yet desperate pact with God to keep my ailing mother alive. It was the first time I'd ventured something so brazen—making a contract with the Almighty…
So begins the story of Becky Owens, a talented and passionate young pianist on the verge of adolescence when she learns the devastating news of her mother’s critical illness. As the daughter of a country preacher in Lancaster County, Becky knows well the significance of sacrifice, and in her bargain with God, she vows to exchange her most cherished possession for her mother’s life.
Hospital rules only add to Becky’s sorrow—twelve-year-olds aren’t allowed to visit, so Becky and her mother must share tearful smiles through Lancaster General’s sunroom window. But a realization of the power of music and a lesson in unconditional love compel Becky to rethink her "deal" with God, and the sunroom becomes a place where miracles happen…
ISBN: 0764220764 Date Published on 4/1/1998