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2. The Not So Big House: A Blueprint
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3. Creating the Not So Big House:
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4. The Log Home Plan Book
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1. Tree Houses You Can Actually Build : A Weekend Project Book (Stiles, David R. Weekend Project Book Series.)
by David Stiles, Jeanie Trusty Stiles
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Asin: 0395892732
Catlog: Book (1998-05-26)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Sales Rank: 3280
Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars
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Tree houses capture the imagination of the child in all of us, and they have never been more popular than they are today. This inspirational yet thoroughly practical guide shows even the most inexperienced weekend carpenter how to design and build a lifetime of memories for the entire family. With more than 200,000 copies of their popular Weekend Project Books sold, David and Jeanie Stiles have become America's First Couple of do-it-yourself woodworking. In Tree Houses You Can Actually Build, they explain basic building procedures through clear, simple instructions and non-technical line drawings that illustrate every step of the project, from the earliest sketches to the final cedar shingle.The authors outline five basic designs that can be adapted to virtually any set of conditions, and throughout the book, they emphasize safety for both adults and children. In addition to line drawings, the book contains a section of full-color photographs highlighting a variety of tree house projects, plus helpful building tips based on interviews with their owners. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent, practical, and fun treehouse building guide!
We built a fantastic treehouse this summer using many of the ideas from this book. My 8-yr old son and 6-yr old daughter learned so much from the simple illustrations. The book helped us decide on a tree, a design, and gave us nuts & bolts instructions as well as many practical tips. We highly recommend this book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Information on building a Basic Treehouse
I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants a step-by-step plan to building a basic treehouse and many fun additions on to the treehouse such as crows nests, rope ladders, pulleys, telephones,furniture and more. The instructions are very clear and easy to follow. If you want to build a more complicated treehouse(for example a treehouse with electrical outlets or more than 2 rooms) this book most likely isn't for you. For people who just want to browse pictures of amazing treehouses around the world I suggest Peter Nelson's Treehouses: The Art and Craft of Living out on A Limb.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Best!
By far, the Stiles' books are the best. I'm building a treehouse right now for my son. Following guidelines in this book, I'm certain that we will enjoy it for years to come.

4-0 out of 5 stars Best for those with children
I found myself a bit down on my luck after the dot-com bubble burst. I came across this book and bought it using my last few dollars. By following the simple directions contained therein, I managed to build a magnificent tree house in a very sturdy elm in a nice, quiet neighborhood. Unfortunately, I was evicted for "trespassing" soon after moving in. My only complaint regarding this book is that it gives short shrift to tree house zoning laws in the US.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book - still timely
Like the 24 other reviews of this book I built a great treehouse for my kids in fall 2002. Many, many people ask me how I learned to build one and I simply show them the book. I even used an illustration to modify a one-tree tree house into a two tree treehouse that is 8 X 10 feet and 15 feet off the ground. My 8 year old daughter built a rope ladder and had a blast. I've since looked at several other treehouse books to see how this one compares - and for the price, it's well worth it. ... Read more


2. The Not So Big House: A Blueprint for the Way We Really Live
by Sarah Susanka, Kira Obolensky
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Asin: 1561583766
Catlog: Book (2001-03-31)
Publisher: Taunton Press
Sales Rank: 3708
Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars
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Sarah Susanka contends that people are naturally drawn to intimate spaces. Large structures inspired by outdated patterns tend to result in houses that just don’t work. In The Not So Big House, she proposes clear guidelines for creating homes that serve spiritual needs as well as material requirements. Topics covered include designing for specific lifestyles, budgeting, building a home from scratch, and using energy-efficient construction. With more than 200 color photographs as well as floor plans, the book is perfect for homeowners ready to rethink their space. “Susanka says to evaluate what makes you feel at home and let your activities define your rooms.” — San Francisco Chronicle ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Book for Home Builders
After reading this book, I would have to disagree with those who don't think it's a good book for someone building a house on a budget. Although that's not the point of Susanka's work, she wants her reader to change the way they think about homes, and to review their choices in a custom home. Trading square footage for higher quality craftsmanship is the way to go--but you can also cut out the excess square feet and use standard materials and labor and cut your cost. It's up to the builder--that's the beauty of it. She shows you how to choose and some of the possibilities, whether you're on a tight budget or have half a million to spend. I learned a lot from this book, and would recommend it to anyone who is thinking of building a home, or takes a fancy to architecture. There are wonderful pictures in here, many of which have given me ideas for my own home. Definitely worth the cost.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book deserves to be widely read
We are just completing the construction of our new home. While this book was certainly not the only source of ideas, it was certainly critical in giving us the courage to abandon the "starter castle" mentality of soaring ceilings and the attendent wasted space. The reaction we are getting certainly bears out the strength of these design concepts.

Given the content of the other reviews, I have to be clear about the intentions of this book. It is not a book about building inexpensive houses. It is written by an architect, and architects are generally not consulted when price is the ultimate consideration. It is not a book of house plans, nor a how-to book on house design. It is a book about a design philosophy which considers the house as a place to live rather than as a monument to impress ones neighbors. The philosophy is not terribly original; why does it have to be? It is a return to basic principles of good design.

We began this project with a very clear idea of the style we wanted, and someone concerned with style alone might not recognize this book's influence on our home. On the other hand, anyone who compared our home to the starter castles on our block would see the difference immediately. Every room is comfortable and constructed on a human scale. I would recommend this book to anyone in the process of constructing a new home. If I had the money, I would send anonymous copies to a number of builders and designers in the area. This book deserves a wider reading.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not Bad, but Not Great Either
Susan Susanka presents her ideas on how to build a better home. Half way through the book she presents her trinity of compromises that the architect, builder & home-owner have to make...price, quanity & quality of the proposed home. I think this is the gem in the book. As many have noted, this is definitely not a book for a "small" or "cheap" home; and this should be obvious as nobody who is limited to building a "small" or "cheap" home would hire an architect to design it! Though she never states it, I estimate that the houses she designs cost over $500,000 to build so consider that when you read this book.

I value this book for the ideas it presents; however, it is definitely a coffee-table book rather than a reference for an architect or home-builder. Not until the last two super-homes does Susan even mention a number. Nowhere in the book does it actually talk about the square feet, total price, price for materials, cost/square foot, material trade-off possibilities, building codes, or anything that is actually needed to design or build a house (or even remodel). The lack of details and thoroughness was disappointing and the reason I only gave her three stars. I suppose this book can be considered a "theory" book rather than a "practical" book, but it seems to me that a well-written book could contain both.

On the plus side, the pictures were very nice; there were floor-plans for each of the houses and Susan has a very nice and clear writing style.

1-0 out of 5 stars Bourgeois bohemian guilt assuagement
Let's see....2000 square feet is considered "not so big." And working one's way up -- oops, I mean down! -- to that modest allotment of space requires spending at least six, more like seven figures. And, supposedly, this fits under the philosophy of "simpler living."

What sort of people buy into this? Bourgeois bohemians, of course, a subspecies wittily described in "Bobos in Paradise" by David Brooks.

These are people with lotsa dough who live in nice neighborhoods and drive nice cars. But they're not rich, you see. They're "progressives" (read: liberals). So, in order to assuage the subconscious guilt they suffer for the "sin" of their own affluence, they drop loads of money on expensive stuff that's no different in quality from many cheaper brands, but merely has "progressive" cachet. You know...REI and L.L. Bean clothing ("environmentally aware"), coffee that costs $12 a pound (because it's "fair trade"), and just about anything that comes out of the public radio tchotchkes catalogue.

Susanka's book has kicked this up the ultimate notch. No longer is buying a high-priced Saab or Volvo the ultimate in pretense to "conscience" while indulging oneself. Now the bobos of America can take out second and third mortgages to cover what their six-figure incomes won't and build the "not so big house" of their dreams. Hey, it's not the money that's important. It's "feeling good about your choices."

Susanka, Obolensky, and anyone who gave this book a good review are welcome to trade their huge houses for my one-bedroom, second-floor apartment in a working-class neighborhood with no off-street parking. They can then acquaint themselves to their hearts' desires with the reality of "modest living."

As for me, I'll buy lots of cool stuff and fill up their former abodes. I've got better things to do than wring my hands over my "ecological footprint." And for my housewarming party, I'll be barbecuing up a few spotted owls, bald eagles, dolphins, and baby seals in that spacious back yard.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not So Big, but Just Right
My husband and I are preparing our 5-year old, sterile house for sale with the intention of buying an older bungalow. We'll be looking for slightly smaller houses, since we've found that so much of the space in our present house is really wasted. We won't be building from scratch or even remodeling, but the philosophy of design in this book is really helpful to us as we think through what we want and need in our next house. I think the basic Not So Big concept is sound for any budget: square footage means little, rather, utility and comfort is paramount. The book is teaching us to think in terms of spaces rather than rooms, of getting the most possible use and enjoyment from a space. I think it will definitely help us train ourselves to see the possibility in houses we look at in our search. ... Read more


3. Creating the Not So Big House: Insights and Ideas for the New American Home
by Sarah Susanka, Grey Crawford
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Asin: 1561586056
Catlog: Book (2002-02)
Publisher: Taunton Press
Sales Rank: 5535
Average Customer Review: 4.34 out of 5 stars
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Sarah Susanka's The Not So Big House spoke to millions of disenchanted homeowners who want to downsize their dream home without diminishing the dream. By evaluating what makes them feel at home and letting their activities define their rooms, homeowners end up with cozy areas they like and use rather than oversize formal rooms they never enter. Creating the Not So Big House explains what homeowners and potential homeowners need to know to get the home that fits their dreams and their lifestyles. Featuring 20 new houses and five remodels of the best Not So Big House designs, Creating the Not So Big House gives readers insight into successful home design. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great photos and non-techical explanations
While I agree that there are better books out there for architects and folks who actually build houses (e.g., Alexander's "A Pattern Language", and any of the Taunton Press books on homebuilding), this book succeeds in its simple explanations of why one should build "better" instead of "bigger". And probably even more important than that, there are more photos of each house than in the Taunton Press books, which allows you to get a much better feel for how these homes work.

A great book for anyone who can't stand the idea of moving into one of those cookie-cutter, semi(read:ersatz)-custom, blandly and inoffensively painted, mass-produced starter mansions, with their obscenely proportioned (and aptly named) "Great Rooms" and their total lack of character. It's nice to know there is something else, and that there are still people who value quality construction and careful design. I only wish this book were required reading for whoever those yahoos are who are buying those ridiculous McMansions.

5-0 out of 5 stars Small Can Be Better--a voice in the wilderness
Creating the Not So Big House appears at a time when it often appears that publishers have forgotten the art and science of quality editing, design and production.

This is that rare type of book that reads and informs as much as it is a pleasure to leaf through, enjoying the pictures. Although it shares the beautiful photography and high quality printing characteristic of "coffee table" books, Creating the Not So Big House is organized around a few key concepts which resonate through it. These concepts can forever change the way readers approach building their next home or their next renovation. Sarah Susanka shows how "less can be more" if attention is paid to the subtle details of architecture and craftsmanship.

Sarah Susanka describes dozens of detailed techniques that quality-oriented homeowners can use to avoid impersonal "trophy homes." She describes how large rooms can be made intimate through simple techniques like varying floor levels or ceiling heights. Sarah Susanka is a humanist who translates her passion for creating friendly homes into everyday language and examples. You don't have to be an architect to appreciate her message.

5-0 out of 5 stars Greatest House book, awesome stuff.
This is packed with so many great ideas and principles. It'll change everything you thing you want in a house. A must read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nice pictures, but the attitude is always the focus
I liked the way this book looks. It has beautiful photos in it, with a wide variation of house styles, sizes and cool solutions tailored to each homeowner/family. That being said, what intrigued me the most was *why* Susanka chose the houses, and what she saw in them that worked with her "Not So Big" philosophy. I have not read her original book, so none of the information was rehashed in my reading. Perhaps if I had, I wouldn't have enjoyed this book so much. However, I suspect that "Creating the Not So Big House" offers more in the way of practical application of the theory and is therefore valuable on its own. I also figure that since it shows personal interpretations of Susanka's original thoughts on homebuilding, it offers a different "flavor" of the same basic idea.

This book also made me want to buy the original, so I can get more of the pure "mindset" part of Susanka's message. Perhaps that was part of the point. :)

3-0 out of 5 stars An OK book, but WAY below the par of "The Not So Big House"
This is a good book. Unfortunately, it's a follow-on to an EXCELLENT book ("The Not So Big House"), and fares poorly by comparison. As this later volume is sold as a companion book in collection with the original, it's entirely fair to take this comparison into account.

So what's wrong with "Creating the Not So Big House"? It comes down to the writing, the photos, the editing, and the content. To be clear, none of these four areas are terrible -- but the first book hit high marks in all respects. So I'll go through each in turn.

Sarah Susanka is by training an architect rather than an author. The text shows the lack of a professional writer, for example, in excessive use of commas, separating both dependent and independent clauses, resulting in choppy sentences, just like this one. (A real quote: "By adding the new area as a separate structure, connected to the old house by a flat-roofed section, the existing roof could remain untouched, which was a major money saver.") It is clear that freelance writer Kira Obolensky made valuable contributions to the original "The Not So Big House".

This volume and "The Not So Big House" have the same format: 10" x 10" square, with photographs pushing to all four page edges at times. Most photos in the first book are at least 1/4 page in size (25 square inches); about 20% (or over 40 of the 200+) in "Creating the Not So Big House" are under 6 square inches, and in many cases they're just too small to be worthwhile. An example from page 129: "A spacious pantry serves the same function as cupboards" -- but the size of the photo renders this "spacious" pantry only 5/32" across.

Their size apart, the photographs by Grey Crawford are well composed, with excellent contrast and color depth. It's unfortunate that Susanka had to rely on photos from other architects for some projects. "Photo courtesy Jacobson Silverstein Winslow" generally labels the disappointments.

Moving along to the editing: I REALLY miss the first book's use of orientation arrows matching the photos to the plans. With the frequent small size, as noted above, it's often difficult to match the two. Also, the layout editing is weak. The book features numerous oversized box quotes in the margins. These sentences are all in the text anyway, and repeating them just takes away from space that would be MUCH better used for larger photographs. This technique of spotlighting key sentences is an editorial gimmick to get people to read an article as they're flipping through a magazine. In a book rather than a periodical it's purely annoying. Naturally, the original "The Not So Big House" doesn't have this fault; it reserves large margin text for quotes from the likes of Frank Lloyd Wright.

It's gospel that you sell houses at daytime, with all the interior lights turned on. This theme is carried to extreme in "Creating the Not So Big House". Only 5 (out of well over 200) interior photographs are shot without daylight. (The first book had 13 nighttime photos out of a smaller total.) Doesn't Susanka realize that many of us see our houses primarily at night? If she's serious about DESIGNING for the way we really live, how about SHOWING it the way we live?

Finally, there are relatively few new design concepts compared to the first book. In "The Not So Big House" Susanka discussed the value of substantial trim around doors and windows, built-ins, an "away" room, double-duty spaces, varying ceiling heights, acoustical privacy, and at least a dozen other design thoughts that aren't commonly preached to the home-buying public. "Creating the Not So Big House" only adds a smattering of new ideas: a pod of space, themes and variations, spatial layering, and golden mean proportioning.

Now that I've finished with the complaints I'll depart on an upbeat note. Its refreshing breadth of architectural designs adds utility to "Creating the Not So Big House" over the first book's emphasis on Craftsman style. In a book that attempts to teach by illustration it's very helpful to show a variety of forms in the hope that one of them may resonate with the dreams of potential home builders. ... Read more


4. The Log Home Plan Book
by Cindy Teipner Thiede, Heather Mehra-Pederson, Cindy Thiede, Heather Mehra-Pedersen
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Asin: 0879059222
Catlog: Book (1999-09-01)
Publisher: Gibbs Smith Publishers
Sales Rank: 51883
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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9 3/4 X 9 3/4 In, 128 Pp, 125 color photos, 30 floor plans.Thirty fabulous log home plans-the favorites of builders and designers, selected form across the united states. More than just renderings, each floor plan is illustrated with beautiful color photographs of the landscaped exterior and fully styled interior. Weavingpictures and plans together are valuableinformation, advice, and planning tips from the people who design and build log homes.Ranging in size and accommodations, they include:*Cabins, Bungalows & Small Abodes.*Family homes, cottages & moderate residences.*Havens, Retreats & Grand Estates.* ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I found a plan
I bought this early on in the planning stage of our log cabin as a resouce. After looking through dozens of books and magazines I actually used one of the plans in the book after modifying it slightly. This has many plans that give you some great ideas and has enough difference between them to be a nice starting point in the design process.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent starting point
This book features high-quality, full-color pictures that will help you identify features that you are looking for in your log home. It also includes a introductory overview of log home building. Do not expect an explanation of the building process! This is not a construction/contracting manual or a technical plan book, instead it is an exceptional "idea" book. This is not the only log home book you will ever need, but it is one that will be very helpful during the beginning stages of planning a log home.

4-0 out of 5 stars It was an excellent gift for a future log home builder.
I bought this book for my parents because they recently bought land to build a log house. There were many books to choose from but this one was definitely a hit with them. It has great pictures and excellent blueprint type plans. Even if you don't do exactly what the book says, it's a wonderful resource for general ideas. A superb gift for any present or future log home owners.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great ideas and insights from a real expert.
Cindy Thiede has written many log home books. "The Log Home Plan Book," is a real winner as it is full of information from log home oweners/builders/designers, that may not be apparent for the novice.

Great photos, combined with informative narrative make this book a bible for the log home builder or enthusiast. ... Read more


5. Cabin Kitchens & Baths
by Franklin Schmidt, Esther Schmidt
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Asin: 1586853015
Catlog: Book (2004-04-01)
Publisher: Gibbs Smith Publishers
Sales Rank: 37245
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Finally, a good one
I've been looking for a book like this for ages. There are lots of great looking design books, very few offer real help. I found this book to be excellently organized with in-depth information on every aspect of kitchen and bathroom design. The writing is intelligent, without being overly technical, and good-humored while also giving practical solutions to a variety of design and structural challenges.
The photography, which as another reviewer pointed out, could stand alone as being quite beautiful, is very specific in terms of what is depicted as referencing the subject matter in the respective chapters and sections.
Another reviewer pointed out that the photography is redundant to what appears in the log magazines on the newsstands. I think that is untrue. I'm an avid reader of log magazines, and have been for a good number of years, and do not see any repetition at all. These photographs are certainly new to my eyes and are of the highest quality.
I find it remarkable that with so many books on kitchens and myriad publications on cabins, this is the first time that the two subjects have been combined in one volume. And, what an effective volume it is.
On a personal point of view, as a lover of great interiors and with a nice little library of good design books, this one has great pipe dream potential and one of these days I might even use some of the ideas in re-doing my own kitchen and bathroom.

3-0 out of 5 stars Cabin Kitchens & Baths
If you subscribe to, or even buy some of the log cabin magazines from the news stand, this book is a repeat for the most part. Most of the pictures have already been published over and over again. If you haven't gotten any log or timber home magazines lately this is a good book. Although, I liked Inside Log Homes: The Art and Spirit of Home Decor much better.

5-0 out of 5 stars cabins...and more
Book Review
CABIN KITCHENS AND BATHS by Franklin and Esther Schmidt (Gibbs Smith, Salt Lake City, 2004)

This book delivers far more than it promises. First and foremost, it is a chatty but practical and lavishly - illustrated guide designed to lead a cabin or homeowner through the process of designing what most of us would consider the two most difficult and important rooms in our residence. The Schmidts do this by a readable text, made more useful by including opinions from numerous professionals involved in cabin design from soup to nuts. The book...which obviously could be used to design kitchens and baths in any kind of residence...includes helpful check lists to prepare one thoroughly from design to installation.

CABIN KITCHENS AND BATHS is also a wonderful "coffee table" book for post and beam and log residences. My library holdings include numerous volumes of books whose last name is "STYLE"......"Greek Style"," Japanese Style", etc, and I often reread them for the simple pleasure of it. The lavish color photography makes this book infinitely more attractive.

Finally, the Schmidts give us a tantalizing look into myriad design choices for decorating kitchens, baths and the rest of the cabin. Collections, individual pieces, the old and the new populate most of the photographs and add yet another dimension to this book. After the kitchen and bath are finally finished, one can easily find pleasure for many years in the other things that this book so richly illustrates. ... Read more


6. Country Living Cottage Style (Country Living)
by Marie Proeller Hueston, Marie Proeller Hueston
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Asin: 1588161080
Catlog: Book (2003-10-28)
Publisher: Hearst
Sales Rank: 155837
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars They say you can't judge a Book by it's Cover, but I did.
I knew from the cover this would be a book to indulge
my senses.The small house pictured with a white couch,
with a black embrodiered pillow,centered in the middle
along with a vintage candolier drew me in.

Every page has a treat for the eyes.White panelled
walls,stone walls,and small white beadboard in the
bathroom's.A beautiful blue fabric couch centered in
an old-fashioned three window setting.Simple but
elegant.

It shows some new cottage rooms,some a combination:
Vintage with new,and some with more vintage style.
There is a smorgasbord for every type of decorating,
and true appeal for every age group.Some very talented
designers left their mark in the rooms.

I keep going back to this book for ideas and just
pleasure.It helps me to relax.

Some fascinating finds were the gothic arches for
book storing.Also,the crisp white porches with pillars,
that seem to be making a comeback.Hoorah!
Their were multiple bathroom choices allowing you
a different vision.

The flea market style in this book was above what is
usually associated with the words flea market.
It is used successfully because the objects found have such
potential.

At the end,are shown easy displays to copy if you
are starting out,and don't quite know what to do to
achieve a personal look.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Visiual Treat
This book is full of wonderful pictures and ideas for the cottage look. The pages are not overcrowded or overwhelming. It has become my favorite of the "Cottage Style" design books. ... Read more


7. Ultimate Treehouses
by David Clarke, David Clark
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Asin: 0762416386
Catlog: Book (2003-09-01)
Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
Sales Rank: 53552
Average Customer Review: 1 out of 5 stars
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There's something magical about a cabin set among tree branches. It excites adults and tempts children away from sedentary pursuits to a world of outdoor fantasy. Treehouses come in all shapes and sizes, from a simple deck in the sky to an elaborate complex of interconnecting structures far above the ground. They can be romantic, luxurious, or designed for entertaining friends. This engaging book contains some of the most interesting examples from around the world, and also features a wide range of interiors, designed for various functions. It's an invaluable source of lofty ideas for anyone contemplating a move up-into the trees. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars BUYER BEWARE!
The book I recieved is Ultimate Treehouses by David Clark, but it doesn't look like the one pictured. That photo is not in this copy, and the print quality is rather low on mine.

1-0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware!
I ordered the book from Amazon, the book pictured is NOT the one I recieved. That photo is no where in my copy. I do have a book titled Ultimate Treehouses by David Clark but it isn't the same one pictured. ... Read more


8. Classic Cottages: Simple, Romantic Homes
by Brian Coleman, Douglas Keister
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Asin: 1586853325
Catlog: Book (2004-04-01)
Publisher: Gibbs Smith Publishers
Sales Rank: 71589
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Romantic and picturesque, the word "cottage" brings to mind the idyllic charms of the countryside. Who can resist the appeal of a sweet little house, surrounded by wild roses, at the end of a winding cobblestone lane?From Anne Hathaway's cottage, which became synonymous with the innocent charm of the English countryside, to the sturdy Cape Cod, the first cottage indigenous to the United States, Classic Cottages: Simple, Romantic Homes looks at the architecture, history, design, and decorating possibilities of the many charming cottages throughout North America.

From rolling bungalows to quaint thatched stone huts to nineteenth-century gingerbread gems, cottages in all forms are being rediscovered in record numbers as people yearn for inspiring and appealing housing.Classic Cottages: Simple, Romantic Homes celebrates the delightful cottage home with the renowned photography of Doug Keister, the insightful and enlightening text of Brian Coleman, and an abundance of historical and cultural information about the charming cottage.

Brian Coleman, M.D., is a practicing psychiatrist in Seattle, Washington.As an old-house enthusiast, he has written numerous articles on historic home design for magazines ranging from Old House Journal to Period Living in the United Kingdom and is the West Coast editor for Old House Interiors. Brian wrote two previous books, Vintage Victorian Textiles and The Victorian Dining Room. He divides his time between New York and Seattle.

Douglas Keister has photographed fourteen award-winning, critically acclaimed books (including Red Tile Style: America's Spanish Revival Architecture, The Bungalow: America's Arts & Crafts Home, and Storybook Style: America's Whimsical Homes of the Twenties) earning him the title "America's most noted photographer of historic architecture." His latest offering from Gibbs Smith, Publisher is Stories in Stone: The Complete Guide to Cemetery Symbolism. He also writes and illustrates magazine articles and contributes photographs and essays to other books, calendars, posters, and greeting cards. Doug lives in Chico, California, and travels frequently to photograph and lecture on historic architecture and photography. ... Read more


9. The Rustic Cabin: Design & Architecture
by Ralph R. Kylloe, Ralph Kylloe
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Asin: 1586853112
Catlog: Book (2003-10-01)
Publisher: Gibbs Smith
Sales Rank: 15271
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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With a focus on architecture and details, rustic expert and author Ralph Kylloe introduces creative rustic designs that are inspiring a revival of cabin craftsmanship in his newest book, Rustic Cabin Renaissance. The book features log homes that are newly built, but that are steeped in regional history as well as the log-building history of the Scandinavian settlers and mountain men from centuries past. Kylloe provides photographic details of the highest-quality workmanship in stone masonry and log work, highlighting the unique blend of fine antiques and contemporary furnishings that these homes exhibit.Arts & Crafts, Scandinavian, and Western legacies in furniture building and interior styling make each room a smorgasbord for the eyes, and a dream come true for lovers of rustic décor.

Rustic Cabin Renaissance features homes that are rich in vision, beauty and warmth-photographed as only Ralph Kylloe can photograph them.

Ralph Kylloe received his Ed.D. from Boston University and has taught at the university level for many years. He is a leading authority on rustic furniture and owner of the Ralph Kylloe Gallery. He is the author of eleven previous books. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars The Rustic Cabin
I thought "The Rustic Cabin" was good but "Cabins and Camps" was by far a bigger feast for the eyes!! The selection of pictures were more of what I personally wanted to see. ... Read more


10. Log Construction Manual: The Ultimate Guide to Building Handcrafted Log Homes
by Robert W. Chambers
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Asin: 0971573603
Catlog: Book (2002-12-01)
Publisher: Deep Stream Press
Sales Rank: 17493
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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This book tells you what you need to know to build your own handcrafted, scribe-fit log home. You'll find detailed instructions and easy-to-understand how-to descriptions as well as hundreds of photos and drawings. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Master of log building
I am so thankful and excited that I found the Log Construction Manual by Robert W. Chambers. I have many other books on the same subject and have always wanted to learn the craft by self study, but I have not been impressed with any book until now. Robert Chambers is perhaps the world's best, a master, of full- scribe log construction to date! It is refreshing to read something that broke through the old ways of log building that have been used and practised for a hundred years.
Mr. Chambers is an inspiration and I feel so confident from learning from his book that I will now build the best log cabin I could have ever hoped for.
Thank you so much, Robert. I will be forever grateful that you shared your wisdom and great knowledge through your book, it is a treasure!

5-0 out of 5 stars This book is the best!
I have been interested in handcrafted log building for a long time. I bought many books on the subject, trying to teach myself the craft. They all lacked info needed by the novice. I could have saved myself alot of time and money! This is the book I was looking for! detailed, straight forward, understandable descriptions of each step... Clear, inside information about a complicated building process.
I'm confident now to practice and perfect my technique and hopefully build a log structure on some land I recently purchased.
Thanks Robert Chambers!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Textbook
After searching fruitlessly for a competent text on log building construction, I had nearly given up. By chance, I stumbled upon "Log Construction Manual" by Robert Wood Chambers at Amazon.
I made the purchase, read the information and felt compelled to write a review.
Chambers takes the complex craft of fully scribed log construction and explains through diagrams, photos, techniques, and formulas how to successfully construct a log building. Truly a comprehensive textbook, a must for anyone planning to build a log home or cabin.
Also included in this book is a chapter on log building tools, some conventional, some unique to log construction, and places to purchase tools; resources, such as book and magazine reviews, log building schools and workshops, design and engineering contacts.
A big "thank you" to Mr. Chambers

5-0 out of 5 stars Look no further for a book on this subject....
If I were allowed to have only one book on logbuilding this would be the one I'd keep. It is without a doubt the best written instruction guide I have found. Robert Chambers is one of those guys who seems to be able to explain complicated tasks in a very plain english kind of way. This makes it very easy for somebody like myself with no experience in logbuilding to be able to step outside and try some of the techniques on practice logs. He covers the very simple to the very complex and if you take your time and read it carefully you will understand both. If you are hiring someone to build your home this is still an excellent book for you. It educates the reader on where and how to look for good craftsmanship in a log building. I have read enough material on this subject to honestly say that all the others have left me with the question mark over my head. Good Luck and God Bless.....

4-0 out of 5 stars log construction manual
I've been a professional log builder for 20 years and this is the only book that I recommend without hesitation as a text to our apprentices. Mr. Chambers has distilled a lifetime of building and teaching into one masterful volume. ... Read more


11. The New American Dream: Living Well in Small Homes
by James Gauer, Catherine Tighe
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Asin: 1580931472
Catlog: Book (2004-11-18)
Publisher: Monacelli Press
Sales Rank: 35802
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Simplicity, modesty, and skillful design are the principles that have guided James Gauer both in his architectural practice and in the selection of the seventeen outstanding projects in this unique collection of small homes by architects around the country. A wide range of housing types and settings—from a diminuative New York City apartment to a farmhouse in Pennsylvania, a cottage in Santa Monica, and a single-family home in Nashville—illustrates a variety of architectural styles and design solutions that have transformed these small spaces into comfortable, stylish, cost and energy-effecient residences. More than a how-to style guide, this volume features a wide range of of housing types from 475 to 2,100 square feet. ... Read more


12. Logs, Wind and Sun: Handcraft Your Own Log Home ... Then Power It with Nature
by Rex A. Ewing, LaVonne Ewing
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Asin: 0965809838
Catlog: Book (2002-08-20)
Publisher: Johnson Books
Sales Rank: 35371
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable reading with a wealth of information
I have been reading everything I can find about log homes. Most of the books I have read are more like an information text book. Lots of facts but boring. Logs Wind and Sun gives you the facts and how to use them along with a very enjoyable story of the trials and tribulations the authors encountered building there own log home. This gives you a much better idea of what to expect building your own log home from scrath or from a kit. The detailed information on solar and wind energy is a real eye opener. It opened up a whole new possibility of finding what my wife and I want in a piece of land to build our retirement log home on. We thought that land with no power was out of the question. Now we know that is exactly what we want. With this book you have nearly all the information you need to build a self sufficient log home. If your dream is to have a log home in the mountains far from the "rat race", Logs Wind and Sun is a must have book. Live your dreams!

5-0 out of 5 stars Interesting, informative and easy to read!
When I started reading Logs Wind and Sun, I imagined I would skim the more detailed parts about construction since I don't plan to build a log home. I bought the book because I was interested in solar and wind generated electricity. But in the end, I read everything. Whenever I tried to skim, I soon came across something that caught my interest and, before I realized it, I was totally entranced with the story. The framed inserts break up the flow of the text and add little tid bits of information just when some variety is necessary. Rex's Maxims and LaVonne's Verities are a novel way of introducing light humor while at the same time making an important point. The illustrations were very concise, attractive and easily understandable. The photography was out of this world and the photos very appropriately located within the text. Every photo enhanced the message on the page where it was found. Logs Wind and Sun is clearly a product of team work, the story of a couple who, working together, accomplished their dream. I loved it, and also learned what I wanted to know about solar and wind power.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for Log Home Wannabes
Logs, Wind and Sun is one of those rare books that is both packed with useful information and enjoyable to read. I only wish it had been available five years ago when my husband and I started drawing up plans for our own log home. We spent hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars trying to get utilities to our remote mountain building site. This book clearly lays out alternative power solutions that can give you the freedom to live with all the modern conveniences you need miles from the nearest power pole. The authors personal experience provides the framework for the book, but they have obviously done their homework, and all their recommendations are backed up by copious facts. The book is generously sprinkled with photos and illustrations that de-mystify and explain and personal stories that entertain and inspire. LaVonne's Verities and Rex's Maxims give you personal insights and quips. And the writing is several notches above most other how-to books, offering emotional insights into the process of building your own home, as well as the more expected practical fare. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who's ever dreamed about building a log home. ... Read more


13. The Treehouse Book
by Peter Nelson, Judy Nelson, Paul Rocheleau
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Asin: 0789304112
Catlog: Book (2000-07-01)
Publisher: Rizzoli Publications
Sales Rank: 3179
Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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It seems that almost everyone likes treehouses. Smiles of recognition turn into grins of enthusiasm as more people discover them and dream about making their own private retreats or family play spaces. And it's nice to remind ourselves that treehouses are built into the oldest and most forgiving, living things on earth. Also, history records treehouses as being built as deliberate follies, as challenges forarboreal designers, for merrymaking, and for keeping the spirit of fairy tales alive. But treehouses can also be social places. We will visit many that were built to entertain, to hang out with friends, or as guest houses. Trees welcome all types.

Master treehouse builders Peter and Judy Nelson, with David Larkin, have embarked on yet another treehouse-discovery expedition across America, this time adding the investigation of backyard playhouses to their agenda. Now, in The Treehouse Book, they reveal their findings, illustrated and described in the most complete volume yet. From casual treeshacks made from discarded lumber to multitiered feats of fancy, they found shelters representingmyriad builders-interesting characters ranging from childhood fanatics grown up, to weekend carpenters, to those who want their grandkids to have the best clubhouse on the block.

Detailed how-to information, including plans and drawings, is woven with behind-the-scenes tales of each structure's occupants and stunning interior and exterior photographic explorations. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars a question for "A reader from NY"
I've looked for this "original" the treehouse book by david stiles, and can't find it....
please help.

5-0 out of 5 stars WHO SAYS TREEHOUSES ARE JUST FOR CHILDREN!
What a delightful book filled with mystical wonder and beautiful photography. We generally associate treehouses with children and the exuberance of youth, but....I want one! My own space, a private place to recapture lost youth, a place to dream, recollect thoughts, be at one with the stars and the universe - how magical life could be. There is no question my talented husband could build one; though not a professional, he truly is talented at that sort of thing as a hobby. But, there is a chance I would appear in the backyard on a bright summer's morn, only to hear him exclaim, "Treehouse? You wanted a treehouse? I thought you said "birdhouse," and then I do have a problem because how would I ever fit through that that tiny little round hole in the centre? Even if he did get the plans right, there is also the off-chance my family would insist on building a safety net around the treehouse, just in case dear old granny fell OUT of her tree! Possibly, they would insist the resident counsellor also have her own "branches checked out," just in case she was missing a few twigs off the upper branch.

Well, whether you are simply dreaming or actually making a treehouse a reality, this is a wonderful book filled with beautiful photography and treehouses galore of every description. The authors have put extensive research into this intriguing and attractive book, so if you are fascinated by treehouses, this is a book you are sure to enjoy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Magical Craftsmanship and Time to Dream
I have read every one of Peter Nelson's books, and he is not only a beautiful writer, but also a gifted craftsman. If you want to dream about living in the trees or even make it a reality...each of these books will give you a wonder-filled ride through the pages as well as technical information and all the motivation you might need to build your own. The stories and photographs are breath taking and alive. I have been lucky enough to witness Peter Nelson's craftsmanship in person, but it also comes alive through the pages of all three of his books. Go buy each one of the books right away and see for yourself the wonder of "living out on a limb". Fantastic!

2-0 out of 5 stars Out on a Limb
This book might look good on a coffee table, but that's about all. It gives little information on how to build treehouses and lacks the genearal knowledge of other treehouse authors. If you want the best book on treehouses, check-out the original, The Treehouse Book, by David Stiles. His book gives detailed designs on how to build many different treehouses and helps you decide which one is best for you. Mr Stiles has written on the subject for over thirty years and has published several other books on treehouses, including, Tree Houses You Can Actually Build. These books enlighten and inform, rather than just visually stimulate. Anyone interested in learning about or building a treehouse would do well to pass on this book and go straight to the source--Mr Stiles--the treehouse guru.

4-0 out of 5 stars The World of Treehouses
This book opens up a world that for most of us has been closed since childhood, a world of playhouses nestled in and among trees. With brilliant photography the authors have arrayed for us a variety of unique playhouse conformations in settings that are startling in their beauty and bewildering in their design. Especially notable are the play structures by the artist, Barbara Butler. This book is a bountiful source of ideas and inspiration for those contemplating something special for their children. Or, for that matter, for anyone who has a hankering to spend some time a little closer to nature in a less than conventional setting. ... Read more


14. Log Home Care and Maintenance : Everything You Need to Know to Buy, Maintain, and Enjoy Your Log Home
by Jim Olsen Davis
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Asin: 1592283381
Catlog: Book (2004-05-01)
Publisher: The Lyons Press
Sales Rank: 211986
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A comprehensive guide to log home maintenance for the homeowner.
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15. Maine Cottages: Frederick L. Savage And The Architecture Of Mount Desert
by John M. Bryan
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Asin: 1568983174
Catlog: Book (2005-05-01)
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Sales Rank: 32626
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Mount Desert has been one of America's favorite tourist destinations for over 150 years. As early as the 1840s, the lush landscape of this island on the Maine coast attracted artists and writers, who soon made Mount Desert's beauty famous with their paintings and publications. The stream of tourists that began traveling to the island after the Civil War prompted a building boom of cottages, hotels, and various buildings in Bar Harbor and other towns in the vicinity. Fred Savage (1861–1924) was the most influential architect in the development of Mount Desert and northeastern Maine, designing over three hundred buildings. Richly illustrated with archival drawings, photographs, and newly commissioned color photography, Maine Cottages presents all of Savage's most important works while placing the life and career of this architect in the larger context ofMount Desert. ... Read more


16. In A Mexican Garden: Courtyards Pools And Open-air Living Rooms
by Melba Levick, Gina Hyams
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Asin: 0811841308
Catlog: Book (2005-05-01)
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Sales Rank: 421517
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17. Home Tree Home: Principles of Treehouse Construction and Other Tall Tales
by Peter Nelson, Gerry Hadden
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Asin: 0140259988
Catlog: Book (1997-08-01)
Publisher: Penguin Books
Sales Rank: 31292
Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Highly reccomend for any treehouse builder
I live in a treehouse (corbin's treehouse), and I used a lot of techniques in this book when building my house. excellent book, and highly reccomended.

5-0 out of 5 stars HOME TREE HOME IS A BLESSING
FABULOUS BOOK FOR THE BEGINNER WHO IS LOOKING FOR THE STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS ON "HOW TO BUILD A TREEHOUSE"- IT EVEN TELLS YOU HOW TO PICK THE PERFECT TREE. A MUST HAVE FOR ANYONE THINKING OF TAKING ON THIS KIND OF PROJECT!!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars detailed information for planning a serious treehouse
This is a book to read before you even decide what type of structure you want to build. This book is not a book of plans or a quick-read instruction manual of how to build tree houses. This is a serious book about the most important part of the process: the planning.

Nelson begs us to realize that first we must select the tree(s) and that the characteristics of the tree(s) will dictate what size and type of structure can be built. Nelson includes information about which trees are best suited for building in, taking their strength and growing characteristics. This is great information to know, and something I think my tree landscaping books don't include. We learn that the growth of some trees will actually crush the structure over time, while others are too weak to safely hold up a structure, let alone one with people inside it.

The key element in this book is safety. Nelson gives detailed information about how to build a structure that is safe to inhabit, whether it is a playhouse for children or an actual house for adults to use to work or live in. I was surprised to see that some of the tree houses in the book are for actually living in and working in!

Several different methods to attach the structure to the tree are outlined in detail. Exactly what type and how many tree "attachments" to use is explained, such as too many direct nailings into the tree will kill it. I think this information is key.

Looking at the plans for the tree houses in the book, I realized the quality of the workmanship surpasses houses that I have lived in. These are not quick slap-up tree houses, not the type where you use scrap wood that you have lying around. The houses featured have fine edgings, safe banisters and ladders for climbing, beautiful doors and windows. Some have balconies!

Anyone considering building a tree house should read this book first lest they waste their time building a tree house that later kills the tree, ends up being not-secure, or is flat out unsafe for people to use. As a non-carpenter, frankly I am feeling intimidated and doubt I have trees on my property that are worthy!

2-0 out of 5 stars complicated book
Hard to read. It only has a couple of different designs for treehouses. This is for an experienced builder.

5-0 out of 5 stars I Built My Wife A Dreamhouse- Twice
I wish I had this book the first time around. The tree house I built for my wife was tragically destroyed late one summer. We chose a tree on the basis of its strength. It happened to be one of the maple trees flourishing on the edge of our property in Syracuse, the heart of central New York. Unfortunately, there was a mammoth storm on Labor Day in 1998. The treehouse was destroyed, as was the tree and the car beneath it. This book was an incredible asset in the rebuilding process of our dream tree house. ... Read more


18. Treehouses of the World
by Pete Nelson
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Asin: 0810949520
Catlog: Book (2004-11-01)
Publisher: Harry N Abrams
Sales Rank: 829
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Treehouses bring out the child in all of us. Serving as private retreats, guest houses, or play spaces for family and friends, these enchanting arboreal constructions lift our spirits, inspire our dreams, and offer the promise of freedom from adult worries. In this magical volume, Pete Nelson, a leading authority on treehouse design and the author of three previous books on the subject that have sold more than 200,000 copies, takes us on a fascinating around-the-world journey to discover how treehouses are designed, built, and enjoyed in a wide variety of cultures.

More than 35 treehouses are shown in 250 beautiful color images, from locations in China, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, the United States, Italy, Germany, Poland, the United Kingdom, France, and elsewhere, all photographed especially for this book. Nelson, whose frequent appearances on Oprah and Good Morning America and in newspaper and magazine features have helped to spur the soaring popularity of the treehouse, also describes in detail the process of creating-for "kids" both young and old-a fun, safe, and environmentally responsible sanctuary in a tree. AUTHOR BIO: Pete Nelson is the author of three previous books on treehouses. He is also principal of Treehouse Workshop, Inc., a treehouse design and construction business in Seattle, and the president of his own residential design and construction firm based in Fall City, Washington.
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19. The Log Home Book: Design, Past and Present
by Cindy Teipner Thiede, Arthur Thiede, Jonathan Stoke, Cindy Teipner-Thiede
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Asin: 0879056711
Catlog: Book (1995-03-01)
Publisher: Gibbs Smith Publishers
Sales Rank: 32961
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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9 3/4 X 9 3/4In, 224Pp, 200 Full-ColorPhotographs, 50 Black and White Photos: The Log Home Book:New times and new techniques are continuing to grab hold of the log homeindustry. The updates are incredible.The list of resources grows.As architects and builders continue to revolutionize their designs, the style continues to gain momentum.Enter The Log Home Book. This vital resource showcases hundreds of innovations from the blending ofbuilding materials to options for finishing, detailing and decorating today's log homes.With bright, detailed pictures, this book is aninspiration to architects, builders, interior designers and buyers. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A stunning capture ofthe country's most beautiful log homes.
Cindy and Art Thiede have captured a fantastic portrait of the finest, most creative and unusual log homes across the nation in this compilation of beautiful photographs and informative, stimulating text. This great reference book conforms with all types of decorating styles while maintaining code regulations, written in a style that is easily understood by the professional or non-professional. It is an invaluable aid to those planning a new log home or remodeling an older one.

When it comes to building log homes, no one is as knowledgeable, articulate and downright helpful as this talented couple. This book is an unreserved must for anyone considering a log home or any part thereof as it offers a plethora of tidbits, details and ideas to help in creating one's own fabulous log structure. I used this as my bible when building, constantly referring to the pictures and text for layouts, decorating tips and how-tos. It's an absolute essential for all home builders, regardless of where they live. I wanted to start a second log home just so I could use more of their ideas! Cindy and Art -- thank you so much for this literary contribution (and your last one, too) -- I'm just glad I got the opportunity to openly share my feelings about your book! I've heard you have a new log home book scheduled to come out sometime this year. I can't wait to see it! ... Read more


20. Cabin Fever
by Rachel Carley
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Asin: 0684844222
Catlog: Book (1998-09-28)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Sales Rank: 38144
Average Customer Review: 4.26 out of 5 stars
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The craze for "getting away from it all" in buildings of log, stone, and unpainted lumber has been a part of American life since the 1800s. From the Gilded Age retreats of the Catskills and Adirondacks to the rugged Wild West lodges of Yellowstone and Yosemite, Cabin Fever celebrates the architectural elements that make cabin style unique: gleaming hand-peeled and polished logs, cowhide sofas, and river-rock fireplaces. Some are large, old, and built as public lodgings, like Putnam Camp, the Adirondack summer retreat founded by philosopher William James, which still has the cheerful austerity it had when Freud and Jung mingled there with Harvard academicians. Others, like the grand hunting lodge nestled on the edge of a marsh, are more recent monuments to quirky private visions of the perfect rustic retreat. Rooms in both are accessorized with animal heads, native American blankets and art, snowshoes, antler chandeliers, and willow twig furniture. The book's appendix includes catalog sources for everything from small wooden summerhouses to buffalo-plaid blankets, and a list of hotels in the grand old style (like Yosemite's Ahwahnee and the Grand Canyon's El Tovar). Even if you can't have a piece of the wilderness to call your own (and the burl furniture to match), you can still enjoy the rustic yet substantial comforts of Cabin Fever. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Fun to look at
Thanks to a previous reviewer, M. Pass, I bought this and also bought a book called Second Home. Both are great. This Cabin Fever book is limited to homes that are a bit more rustic than what we had in mind, but we still love it. Second Home also is a gorgeous dream book but it has a wider variety of home and decorating styles. Second Home also has given us a lot of information on how to shop for a retreat, how to decide what location is best for us, as well as tips on decorating and building. Second Home approaches the topic from a broader perspective.

4-0 out of 5 stars A good getaway-style book
My favorite book related to vacation home style is Cottage Style, and I wrote a review of that book on amazon awhile back. This Cabin Fever book is a bit narrower in scope, but I am enjoying all the photos. Because I love Better Homes and Gardens Cottage Style, I just bought the new BH&G book called Second Home, which shows one great house after another. I'm getting lots of decorating ideas from those homes. But Second Home also has great information on real estate shopping, home design, and decorating, too. It's my kind of book, because it's a dream book that also helps me do something to achieve the dream.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding photographs
I have been searching for books for months now that would give me real life examples of cabin type homes to use in designing my country home. While there are a lot of books out there on small cabins, I was looking for a book that showed examples that I could incorporate into a larger home. This book is exactly what I was looking for! The photographs are beautiful and truly capture some of the key elements that make these homes special. The author has managed to find some of the best examples out there of truly beautiful, well designed log/natural material homes.

In addition to the photographs, the narative is also quite entertaining. It helps the reader understand some of the thinking that went into the creation of these great spaces.

If you are looking for a very enjoyable book with wonderful pictures of a vast collection of cabins (both small and large), then this is the book you have been looking for! I know it was for me; I already have dozens of ideas that I plan on incorporating into my, not so small, cabin. Enjoy!

5-0 out of 5 stars Cabin Fever
Excellent book with great pirctures of rustic rooms and homes. Great decorating ideas!

4-0 out of 5 stars See the log cabin of your dreams....
A great coffee table book for your house or mountain cabin! Most of these "vacation homes" are nicer than our regular houses. Great to curl up with this book in front of the fire. ... Read more


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