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

Language

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鈥攖he 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鈥檚 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鈥攁nd secure the future of the region and her husband鈥檚 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

Language

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 />
At Home: A Short History of Private Life
by Bill Bryson

Language

English

Pages

706

Publication Date

October 05, 2010

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<p>In these pages, the beloved Bill Bryson gives us a fascinating history of the modern home, taking us on a room-by-room tour through his own house and using each room to explore the vast history of the domestic artifacts we take for granted. As he takes us through the history of our modern comforts, Bryson demonstrates that whatever happens in the world eventually ends up in our home, in the paint, the pipes, the pillows, and every item of furniture. Bryson has one of the liveliest, most inquisitive minds on the planet, and his sheer prose fluency makes聽<i>At Home</i>聽one of the most entertaining books ever written about private life.<br /><br /></p>
Principles of Applied Civil Engineering Design: Producing Drawing...
by Ying-Kit Choi

Language

English

Pages

380

Publication Date

September 13, 2017

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Principles of Applied Civil Engineering Design: Producing Drawings, Specifications, and Cost Estimates for Heavy Civil Projects walks engineers through standard practice and basic principles needed to prepare quality design and construction documents for a successful infrastructure project. Drawing on more than 30 years of engineering and design experience, Ying-Kit Choi helps readers understand the interrelationships among contract documents, site characterization, design and construction documents, and construction cost estimates. <br /><br />Choi introduces the fundamentals and process of applied engineering design, including the necessary field investigations to characterize a project site. He provides pragmatic guidance on the "how-to" of producing construction drawings, with advice on graphical representation; legends, abbreviations, and notes; drawing techniques and software; and certification of construction drawings. He offers a wealth of details on developing technical specifications, including good writing practices, types of construction specifications, the standardized Construction Specifications Institute format, measurement and payment provisions, and reference data. Chapters on cost estimating cover quantity estimates, pricing estimates, allowances and contingencies, and bid evaluation. A handy glossary defines common terms.<br /><br />This second edition reflects the rapid changes in the methods and tools used to produce design drawings, updating the discussions of presentation formats and technical resources. Of particular interest, the 2014 Construction Specifications Institute format is introduced for use in preparing specifications and estimating construction costs. Nine chapters encourage readers to test their comprehension with example problems and solutions.<br /><br />By setting out the guidelines, principles, and philosophy needed to produce design and construction documents for heavy civil projects, Choi assembles an excellent introduction for civil engineering students and young professionals, as well as provides a valuable reference for experienced design engineers, contractors, and project owners.
Estimator's Electrical Man-Hour Manual (Estimator's Man-Hour Libr...
by John S. Page

Language

English

Pages

450

Publication Date

May 24, 1999

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This manual's latest edition continues to be the best source available for making accurate, reliable man-hour estimates for electrical installation. This new edition is revised and expanded to include installation of electrical instrumentation, which is used in monitoring various process systems.<br /><br /><br />
Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave
by Joanna Gaines

Language

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聽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>
Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraor...
by Ingrid Fetell Lee

Language

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 />
Ultimate Guide to Home Repair and Improvement, Updated Edition: P...
by Editors of Creative Homeo...

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"鈥擫ibrary Journal</p><br /><p>鈥淭he definitive 鈥榟ow to鈥?reference and instructional guide for anyone seeking to re-model, renovate, repair, or maintain any aspect of their residence鈥濃€?Midwest Book Review</p><br /><p></p><br /><p>聽</p>
Cluttered Mess to Organized Success Workbook: Declutter and Organ...
by Cassandra Aarssen

Language

English

Pages

156

Publication Date

January 02, 2018

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<h3><strong>#1 Amazon Best Seller! 鈹€ Declutter Your Home, Declutter Your Life</strong></h3><p><strong>Organize your life:</strong>聽Do you dream of getting organized, but have no idea where to start?聽<em>Cluttered Mess to Organized Success: Declutter and Organize your Home and Life with over 100 Checklists and Worksheets</em>聽offers you everything you need to organize your home, family and your time. This book not only provides helpful tips and advice, but it is jam packed with over 100 worksheets, forms, labels, schedules and everything else you need to organize your life.</p><p><strong>Declutter your way to happiness:</strong>聽Cassandra Aarssen is a Professional Organizer and creator of the successful blog and YouTube channel, ClutterBug. After struggling for years with chaos and clutter, Cassandra transformed her home and her life through organization. She now shares her favorite organizing tips, tricks and secrets in order to help others declutter their way to happiness. Cassandra鈥檚 debut book,聽<em>Real Life Organizing</em>聽has been inspiring families from all over the world to get control of their clutter and fall in love with their home all over again.</p>
The Magnolia Story (with Bonus Content)
by , Mark Dagostino

Language

English

Pages

189

Publication Date

October 18, 2016

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<p><strong>This eBook includes the full text of the book plus an exclusive additional chapter from Chip and Joanna that is not found in the hardcover!</strong></p><p><strong>Are you ready to see your fixer upper?</strong></p><p>These famous words are now synonymous with the dynamic husband-and-wife team Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of HGTV鈥檚 <em>Fixer Upper</em>. As this question fills the airwaves with anticipation, their legions of fans continue to multiply and ask a different series of questions, like鈥?lt;em>Who are these people?</em><em>What鈥檚 the secret to their success? And is Chip actually that funny in real life?</em> By renovating homes in Waco, Texas, and changing lives in such a winsome and engaging way, Chip and Joanna have become more than just the stars of <em>Fixer Upper</em>, they have become America鈥檚 new best friends.</p><p><em>The Magnolia Story</em> is the first book from Chip and Joanna, offering their fans a detailed look at their life together. From the very first renovation project they ever tackled together, to the project that nearly cost them everything; from the childhood memories that shaped them, to the twists and turns that led them to the life they share on the farm today.</p><p>They both attended Baylor University in Waco. However, their paths did not cross until Chip checked his car into the local Firestone tire shop where Joanna worked behind the counter. Even back then Chip was a serial entrepreneur who, among other things, ran a lawn care company, sold fireworks, and flipped houses. Soon they were married and living in their first fixer upper. Four children and countless renovations later, Joanna garners the attention of a television producer who notices her work on a blog one day.</p><p>In <em>The Magnolia Story</em> fans will finally get to join the Gaines behind the scenes and discover:</p><ul><li>The time Chip ran to the grocery store and forgot to take their new, sleeping baby</li><li>Joanna鈥檚 agonizing decision to close her dream business to focus on raising their children</li><li>When Chip buys a houseboat, sight-unseen, and it turns out to be a leaky wreck</li><li>Joanna鈥檚 breakthrough moment of discovering the secret to creating a beautiful home</li><li>Harrowing stories of the financial ups and downs as an entrepreneurial couple</li><li>Memories and photos from Chip and Jo鈥檚 wedding</li><li>The significance of the word <em>magnolia</em> and why it permeates everything they do</li><li>The way the couple pays the popularity of <em>Fixer Upper</em> forward, sharing the success with others, and bolstering the city of Waco along the way</li></ul><p>And yet there is still one lingering question for fans of the show: Is Chip really that funny? 鈥淥h yeah,鈥?says Joanna. 鈥淗e was, and still is, my first fixer upper.鈥?lt;/p>

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