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A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction, Christopher Alexander and Sara Ishikawa and Murray Silverstein and Max Jacobson and Ingrid Fiksdahl-King and Shlomo Angel
1 A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction
Christopher Alexander and Sara Ishikawa and Murray Silverstein and Max Jacobson and Ingrid Fiksdahl-King and Shlomo Angel USA Oxford University Press 1978 0195019199 / 9780195019193 Hardcover New Book 20.5 x 14.6 x 4.5 cm 
You can use this book to design a house for yourself with your family; you can use it to work with your neighbors to improve your town and neighborhood; you can use it to design an office, or a workshop, or a public building. And you can use it to guide you in the actual process of construction. After a ten-year silence, Christopher Alexander and his colleagues at the Center for Environmental Structure are now publishing a major statement in the form of three books which will, in their words, "lay the basis for an entirely new approach to architecture, building and planning, which will we hope replace existing ideas and practices entirely." The three books are The Timeless Way of Building, The Oregon Experiment, and this book, A Pattern Language. At the core of these books is the idea that people should design for themselves their own houses, streets, and communities. This idea may be radical (it implies a radical transformation of the architectural profession) but it comes simply from the observation that most of the wonderful places of the world were not made by architects but by the people. At the core of the books, too, is the point that in designing their environments people always rely on certain "languages," which, like the languages we speak, allow them to articulate and communicate an infinite variety of designs within a forma system which gives them coherence. This book provides a language of this kind. It will enable a person to make a design for almost any kind of building, or any part of the built environment. "Patterns," the units of this language, are answers to design problems (How high should a window sill be? How many stories should a building have? How much space in a neighborhood should be devoted to grass and trees?). More than 250 of the patterns in this pattern language are given: each consists of a problem statement, a discussion of the problem with an illustration, and a solution. As the authors say in their introduction, many of the patterns are archetypal, so deeply rooted in the nature of things that it seemly likely that they will be a part of human nature, and human action, as much in five hundred years as they are today. 
Price: 78.95 AUD
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Microshelters: 57 Creative Designs for Cabins, Tiny Houses, Tree Houses and other small structures, Derek Diedricksen
2 Microshelters: 57 Creative Designs for Cabins, Tiny Houses, Tree Houses and other small structures
Derek Diedricksen USA Storey Publishing 2015 1612123538 / 9781612123530 Soft cover New Book 23.1 x 18.2 x 2.4 cm 
Created by an assembly of leading designers, architects, and bloggers, these 57 unique and innovative designs will show you the limits of what is possible. All of the designs include beautiful full-colour photos along with floor plans and building tips; 15 of them include flushed-out concept sketches; and five include step-by-step building plans. You'll also find guidelines on building with recycled and salvaged materials, plus techniques for making your small space comfortable and easy to inhabit. 
Price: 29.95 AUD
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Cabins and Cottages and Other Small Spaces, Editors of Fine Homebuilding Magazine
3 Cabins and Cottages and Other Small Spaces
Editors of Fine Homebuilding Magazine USA Taunton Press Inc 2014 1627107452 / 9781627107457 Soft cover New Book 27.6 x 21.6 x 1.2 cm 
This is an inspiring guide to maximising the potential of small homes and spaces. Harnesses a bestselling topic: home construction solutions for limited space. It looks at a variety of houses as well as a selection of sheds, studios, and other small structures. Just because a home is smaller doesn't mean it can't serve all the purposes a larger home did - it just takes careful planning and some smart strategies which are provided in Cabins & Cottages and Other Small Spaces. In this collection from Fine Homebuilding magazine, the authors look at houses both new and remodelled, urban and rural, traditional and modern, and even a few of the truly quirky. The houses exude as much style as homes many times their square footage and all are as big as they need to be to fit the lifestyles and aspirations of the people who live in them. Included will also be a selection of sheds, studios, and other small structures demonstrating interesting uses of small spaces. 
Price: 29.95 AUD
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Getting the Details Right: Restoring Australian Houses 1890s - 1920s *** Temporarily Out of Stock ***, Ian Evans
4 Getting the Details Right: Restoring Australian Houses 1890s - 1920s *** Temporarily Out of Stock ***
Ian Evans Australia Flannel Flower Press 2010 1875253033 / 9781875253036 Soft cover New Book 28.4 x 21.0 x 1.3 cm 
Working drawings with dimensions for constructing fences, gates, doors, windows, chimneys, verandahs & garages for houses of the late 19th & early 20th centuries. This book is the result of countless hours of fieldwork a tape measure and notebook, painstakingly measuring, recording and drawing some of the most important details of old Australian houses. The designs which it contains provide all of the dimensions and construction details necessary for restoration work on a variety of Australian housing styles in the period from the late 1890s through to the late 1920s and beyond. There are chimneys, fences, gates, doors, windows, verandah columns and garages for federation houses, Californian bungalows and the various other styles of cottages, villas and houses of the period. These are working drawings, ready to be put to use on site, but they are also designs of great beauty and considerable appeal. Spanning the period from art nouveau, they display all the attributes of an age when attention to detail was taken for granted. Because most of the information which it contains was obtained from actual buildings, the book in a very real sens contains the sound, practical advice of the designers and builders of old Australian houses. It is they who created the designs which are illustrated here. It is they who tell us how to restore the buildings of the first quarter of the twentieth century. The drawings are linked by text which provides a concise description of building restoration and conservation theory and practice. Both drawings and text are the result of the combined efforts of specialists in this field, making Getting the Details Right a most useful contribution to the growing body of literature on the architectural heritage of Australia. 
Price: 39.95 AUD
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The Queensland House: History and Conservation, Ian Evans
5 The Queensland House: History and Conservation
Ian Evans Australia Flannel Flower Press 2010 1875253173 / 9781875253173 Soft cover New Book 27.0 x 21.0 x 1.1 cm 
The houses of Queensland are unique in Australia. Broad verandahs shaded by gracefully curved expanses of roofing iron, tall stumps, lattice, roof ventilators, and a host of the subtleties combine to give the Queensland house of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries its own special qualities and visual character. It might be thought that determining why Queensland houses are so very different from those found elsewhere in Australia would be a simple matter. But it has taken years of research to unravel a very complex story and find the answers to some fundamental questions about the traditional architecture of Queensland. For example, why were houses built on stumps and set well above ground level? Where did ant caps originate? Who developed the concept of exposed timber framing on exterior wall surfaces? Some unusual contributors to the appearance of these houses have been identified during research for this book. They include a reform group of the Anglican Church, a Philosophical Society and a Brisbane jam factory that manufactured an item that became one of the distinctive features of the Queensland house. And some innovations that were not adopted have been noted including the ceilings of 'Deutsch biscuits' introduced by German settlers in the 1830s. Supplementing the historical information is a definitive guide to conserving these houses, produced by the National Trust of Queensland. This information will help to preserve the houses of Queensland and old timber buildings elsewhere in Australia into the twenty-first century. 
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How to Restore the Old Aussie House ***Out of Stock***, Ian Stapleton
6 How to Restore the Old Aussie House ***Out of Stock***
Ian Stapleton Australia Flannel Flower Press 2008 1875253165 / 9781875253166 Revised and Enlarged Soft cover New Book 28.4 x 21.6 x 1.4 cm 
How to Restore the Old Aussie House is an essential part of the house restorer's toolkit - as important as the paintbrush, hammer and nails. This practical guide contains a wealth of information on understanding and maintaining old houses and buildings. Written by one of Australia's leading conservation architects, it contains detailed and authoritative information about the stylistic evolution, terminology and construction of Australian houses from about 1800 to the 1930s. How to Restore the Old Aussie House includes more than 180 specially-drawn illustrations, as well as specifications for a wide range of materials from lime mortar to door knobs and colour schemes. This new, enlarged and undated edition will find its way onto bookshelves throughout Australia and provide valuable advice and information to a new generation of old house owners. 136 pages. 
Price: 39.95 AUD
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Our Home in Australia: A Description of Cottage Life in 1860, Joseph Elliott
7 Our Home in Australia: A Description of Cottage Life in 1860
Joseph Elliott Australia Flannel Flower Press 1984 0959492348 / 9780959492347 Hardcover New New Book 26.0 x 18.8 x 1.3 cm 
This book contains a collection of authentic interior and exterior colour schemes for Australian houses built between about 1820 and 1940s. The interior schemes consist of complete decorative effects and finishes for twenty-five suites of rooms, with colours and finishes for every surface from the skirting board to the ceiling rose. There are sixteen authentic exterior schemes, carefully collected from buildings that range from early nineteenth-century farm houses to bungalows, terraces and cottages. Everything from colour selection to wallpaper and stencil designs of the various periods is covered in a comprehensive discussion of traditional painting and decorating techniques and practices. Colours, wallpaper patterns and stencils are all authentic to the period in which they are used. Written by three specialists in this complex field after years of research and preparation, More Colour Schemes for Old Australian Homes will make a useful contribution to any restoration project. 
Price: 19.95 AUD
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The New Small House, Katie Hutchison
8 The New Small House
Katie Hutchison USA Taunton Press 2015 1631864408 / 9781631864407 Hardcover New Book 28.2 x 22.4 x 1.8 cm 
Though the median size of a new single-family house is back on the rise--after a brief decline during the 2007-2009 U.S. recession--many are now choosing to live small deliberately. They're building smaller, more environmentally and economically friendly homes. The New Small House presents small-house design strategies as well as whole-house case studies from across the U.S. and Canada for homeowners eager to simplify, and remodelers, builders, architects, and designers looking for inspiration. The ingenious and attractive designs of these 24 small houses (ranging in size from 500 square feet to 1640 square feet) suit young families, independent couples, single folks and those entering retirement. The houses are categorized by their location, from waterside gems to city dwellings and include new construction and renovations featured in 275 beautiful color photographs and 30 illustrations. The introduction defines 10 time-tested small-house design strategies, like borrowed view and daylight, multipurpose spaces, outdoors in and indoors out, pockets for privacy and more. And a bonus chapter includes five small retreats --each less than 500 square feet--in the backyard and beyond that exemplify, in even smaller packages, many of the same design strategies portrayed by the case-study houses. For those longing for a simpler life, a small house may be right for you. The New Small House can get you started today. 
Price: 49.95 AUD
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Grand Designs Handbook: The Blueprint for Building Your Dream Home [used book], Kevin McCloud
9 Grand Designs Handbook: The Blueprint for Building Your Dream Home [used book]
Kevin McCloud UK Harper Collins 2009 000730742X / 9780007307425 Soft cover Good Book 27.2 x 19.2 x 2.2 cm 
TV's architecture and design guru Kevin McCloud shares his passion and expertise in this brilliant guide to designing and building your own home, illustrated with the most memorable houses from the award-winning Channel 4 series. The book goes way beyond the confines of the usual TV tie-in. Over the 11 years that Grand Designs has been on our screens, Kevin has had plenty of opportunity to formulate his own strong views on what makes truly brilliant architecture. For the first time he can share those views fully, showing that 'houses too can be architecture' and giving any aspiring self-builder the maximum number of tools to ensure that their vision becomes reality, with the minimum amount of heartache along the way.Through three main sections - 'Thinking', 'Dreaming' and 'Doing' - he guides you through each stage of the self-build process, from working out what you really want, to finding a plot, obtaining planning permission, commissioning and briefing architects and builders, and implementing the build itself. Structured around fundamental locations - urban, suburban and rural - Kevin presents his own compendium of houses from across the UK which he finds exciting and exemplary. Some of the most successful projects from the TV series are featured, including Monty Ravenscroft's innovative house in Peckham with its retractable roof, a reinvented violin factory in Waterloo, a converted barn in Ross-on-Wye, a spectacular loch-side house on the Clyde estuary and a glass pavilion on a beach near Exeter. As Kevin says, ' Green is no longer a weird colour to be' and running throughout the book is the theme of sustainable building and how to achieve it - not as some minority issue only of interest to those who knit their own sofas but as something which is increasingly central to how we will design, build and live in our homes.Passionate and opinionated, this book is always highly readable and engaging. For anyone who cares about design and for everyone who has ever thought about building their own home it is essential and truly inspiring reading. 
Price: 15.00 AUD
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Australian House Styles: An  architecture from 1788 to the present Illustrated guide to domestic *** Temporarily Out of Stock ***, Maisy Stapleton and Ian Stapleton
10 Australian House Styles: An architecture from 1788 to the present Illustrated guide to domestic *** Temporarily Out of Stock ***
Maisy Stapleton and Ian Stapleton Australia Flannel Flower Press 2010 1875253181 / 9781875253180 Revised and Enlarged Soft cover New Book 24.0 x 25.5 x 1.1 cm 
Australian House Styles. An Illustrated guide to domestic architecture from 1788 to the present. This book takes us on a journey through Australian architectural history, from the bark and split-slab cottages of the early colonial period to the sleek corrugated-steel pavilions of the twenty-first century. In between are country homesteads, city terraces, Federation villas, Californian bungalows and the austere fibro-clad cottages of the 1940s and 1950s. Sixty-three carefully-detailed drawings illustrate the characteristics of every style. The text and drawings combine authority and authenticity with sharp social comment and a wry sense of humour. As well as the typical architectural features of each era, popular period icons such as Afghan hounds in the 1960s and off-road vehicles in the late 1980s are recorded. The drawings and text combine to create a book which provides several distinct views of its subject. It is a field guide to old Australian houses, an illustrated glossary of building terms and a short history of our domestic architecture. The authors are well-known heritage writers. Maisy Stapleton trained as an architect and has worked witht he Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales and the National Trust. Ian Stapleton is a conservation architect with the firm of Clive Lucas, Stapleton and partners, which has restored some of Australia's most interesting historic buildings. 113 pages. 
Price: 39.95 AUD
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Grand Designs Australia Handbook: Your Guide to Creating Your Dream Home, Peter Maddison
11 Grand Designs Australia Handbook: Your Guide to Creating Your Dream Home
Peter Maddison Australia Harper Collins 2013 0732296889 / 9780732296889 Soft cover New Book 24.9 x 19.2 x 1.8 cm 
An inspirational and practical guide to building exciting, beautiful and extraordinary homes, Grand Designs Australia Handbook is a must-have book for all homeowners, builders, renovators and dreamers. Showcasing the striking homes - from streamlined, sleek modernist homes to rustic country getaways - that appeared in Grand Designs Australia television series 1-3, this book is packed with practical guidance, advice and ideas for people who are considering building or renovating their home. From the initial vision through to the planning, construction and finishing stages, Peter Maddison steps you through the principles and practicalities involved in creating your own dream house. An essential book for anyone and everyone who has ever dreamed of building, renovating or just living in a beautiful, custom-built home. About the Author: Peter Maddison is an award-winning architect and Director of Maddison Architects. He is the host of LifeStyle Channelís popular and award-winning series Grand Designs Australia. Peter is also the Editor-at-Large for the Grand Designs Australia Magazine. 
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The Permaculture City: Regenerative Design for Urban, Suburban, and Town Resilience, Toby Hemenway
12 The Permaculture City: Regenerative Design for Urban, Suburban, and Town Resilience
Toby Hemenway USA Chelsea Green Publishing 2015 1603585265 / 9781603585262 Soft cover New Book 25.4 x 20.3 x 2.6 cm 
Permaculture is more than just the latest buzzword; it offers positive solutions for many of the environmental and social challenges confronting us. And nowhere are those remedies more needed and desired than in our cities. The Permaculture City provides a new way of thinking about urban living, with practical examples for creating abundant food, energy security, close-knit communities, local and meaningful livelihoods, and sustainable policies in our cities and towns. The same nature-based approach that works so beautifully for growing food connecting the pieces of the landscape together in harmonious ways applies perfectly to many of our other needs. Toby Hemenway, one of the leading practitioners and teachers of permaculture design, illuminates a new way forward through examples of edge-pushing innovations, along with a deeply holistic conceptual framework for our cities, towns, and suburbs. The Permaculture City begins in the garden but takes what we have learned there and applies it to a much broader range of human experience; we re not just gardening plants but people, neighborhoods, and even cultures. Hemenway lays out how permaculture design can help towndwellers solve the challenges of meeting our needs for food, water, shelter, energy, community, and livelihood in sustainable, resilient ways. Readers will find new information on designing the urban home garden and strategies for gardening in community, rethinking our water and energy systems, learning the difference between a job and a livelihood, and the importance of placemaking and an empowered community. This important book documents the rise of a new sophistication, depth, and diversity in the approaches and thinking of permaculture designers and practitioners. Understanding nature can do more than improve how we grow, make, or consume things; it can also teach us how to cooperate, make decisions, and arrive at good solutions." 
Price: 39.95 AUD
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Our Home in Australia: A Description of Cottage Life in 1860, Joseph Elliott
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Joseph Elliott
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The Queensland House: History and Conservation, Ian Evans
The Queensland House: History and Conservation
Ian Evans
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Australian House Styles: An  architecture from 1788 to the present Illustrated guide to domestic *** Temporarily Out of Stock ***, Maisy Stapleton and Ian Stapleton
Australian House Styles: An architecture from 1788 to the present Illustrated guide to domestic *** Temporarily Out of Stock ***
Maisy Stapleton and Ian Stapleton
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Getting the Details Right: Restoring Australian Houses 1890s - 1920s *** Temporarily Out of Stock ***, Ian Evans
Getting the Details Right: Restoring Australian Houses 1890s - 1920s *** Temporarily Out of Stock ***
Ian Evans
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How to Restore the Old Aussie House ***Out of Stock***, Ian Stapleton
How to Restore the Old Aussie House ***Out of Stock***
Ian Stapleton
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Grand Designs Australia Handbook: Your Guide to Creating Your Dream Home, Peter Maddison
Grand Designs Australia Handbook: Your Guide to Creating Your Dream Home
Peter Maddison
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Grand Designs Handbook: The Blueprint for Building Your Dream Home [used book], Kevin McCloud
Grand Designs Handbook: The Blueprint for Building Your Dream Home [used book]
Kevin McCloud
15.00 AUD
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Microshelters: 57 Creative Designs for Cabins, Tiny Houses, Tree Houses and other small structures, Derek Diedricksen
Microshelters: 57 Creative Designs for Cabins, Tiny Houses, Tree Houses and other small structures
Derek Diedricksen
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