Whether your private dream is a treehouse, a gazebo, a playhouse for the kids, a tool shed, or a small backyard writing room, woodworking mavens Jean Stiles and David Stiles can help you design and build the garden structure you want. With twenty-three books to their credit, this happy couple have gathered and developed scores of design projects, one of which will fit almost any fantasy. A trade paperback and NOOK Book original.
Backyard Building: Treehouses, Sheds, Arbors, Gates, and Other Garden Projects (Countryman Know How)by Jean Stiles, David Stiles
Here is the very best of backyard building: Popular building authors Jeanie and David Stiles—whose treehouse once garnered a spread in Architectural Digest—have gathered dozens of original plans for treehouses, playhouses, and sheds, as well as a summer house, tea house, garden arbor, and functional workroom.Backyard Building will cover backyard/p>… See more details below
Here is the very best of backyard building: Popular building authors Jeanie and David Stiles—whose treehouse once garnered a spread in Architectural Digest—have gathered dozens of original plans for treehouses, playhouses, and sheds, as well as a summer house, tea house, garden arbor, and functional workroom.Backyard Building will cover backyard accessories, the fundamentals of tools and materials, and useful tips based on real-life questions from the couple’s popular website. Its unique style, with hand-drawn illustrations to guide the reader through the building process in a user-friendly way, stands out from the crowd. The clear, detailed drawings are not only easy to follow but a pleasure to look at; they are supplemented by irresistible color photographs.
The Stiles's (Treehouses You Can Actually Build) have over 20 books to their credit, and this one does not disappoint. Included here are 24 stylish and well-done building projects, starting with familiar garden structures such decks, gates, and trellises. These progress to projects such as an outdoor shower and stylish garden sheds. The work concludes with a selection of tree or play houses and some larger creations that involve an assortment of lovely designs. Attention to details, such as the use of tree branches in a gate or the skylight in a summer house, raises this title a notch from other outdoor-building books. Finely detailed drawings illustrate points of construction. Organization is solid, as well—a supplies and cutting list is included for each project. However, there isn't much hand-holding in the instructions and knowledge of tool use and availability is assumed. VERDICT This is a great addition for building-project collections. A novice woodworker may be too challenged by the material but those who are more experienced will have no issues. The plans cover a broad range of structures, so this is an excellent resource where more diversity is preferred.
Meet the Author
DAVID AND JEANIE STILES have written a total of twenty-three books on woodworking projects which have sold over half a million copies. Their work has appeared in Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Better Homes&Gardens, Country Living, and The New York Times. Television appearances include HGTV, the Discovery Channel, and The Today Show, on which they built a treehouse in three hours. They live in New York City and East Hampton, New York.
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