This is a comprehensive guide to clay bricks and mortars, their physical and aesthetic properties, and their use in a wide range of building projects. The book covers the different types of brick and mortar; recalimed bricks; assessing durability; estimating quantities; and buying materials. It provides information on basic bricklaying tools and equipment; dimensions and setting out work; buidling straight and curved walls; and building simple arches. The appearance of brickwork; bonding patterns; free-standing and retaining walls; external walls; thermal insulation in cavity walls; brickwork as cladding to timber-framed buildings; and foundations are also discussed. Paving is also explored - clay pavers; laying patterns; steps; drainage; flexible sand-bedded paving; and rigid mortar joined paving. Maintenance and repair is also covered including the repair of various types of damage; remedying water penetration; replacing bricks; repointing mortar; cleaning; tinting; and artificial weathering.
No garden is complete without sympathetic furniture. Using simplified woodworking techniques, this book covers fourteen pieces ranging from tables and chairs to bird houses and fencing: all are both useful and delightful additions to any garden.
Projects ranging in difficulty for novice and experienced woodworkers to enjoy. Advice on tools and materials Explanation of jointing techniques Clear step-by-step instructions for each project, with cutting lists Supported by over 160 colour photographs and line artwork.
This well-illustrated guide contains all the expert advice you need to build a shed from start to finish: from evaluating storage needs to basic construction to putting the finishing touches on the roof. The book offers a range of building options, with complete instructions and plans for five different styles of shed, including a post-and-beam shed, a traditionally framed shed and a small garden-storage shed. From designing a shed to match your storage needs to selecting framing materials for economy and durability, constructing shed foundations, installing windows and doors, and building stairways and ramps, this is a complete, no-nonsense guide to building a shed.
Haynes moves into the garden with this step-by-step guide to constructing an imaginative variety of outdoor buildings, including sheds, greenhouses, pergolas, decking and even homes for dogs, rabbits and birds. Containing clear colour photographs and detailed plans and diagrams, this attractively presented manual will show you how to design, plan and construct your own garden buildings, along with advice on the tools and materials needed for each job. Discover the enormous satisfaction to be had from creating your own garden buildings that will last for years.
Richard Blizzard explains clearly and simply how to construct a whole array of indispensable and stylish garden items using straightforward materials and techniques. It features eighteen stunning garden projects to be completed in a weekend from the master of accessible and achievable woodworking. Full step-by-step instructions throughout are accompanied by easy-to-follow drawings and superb colour photographs of the finished projects. Each new technique is introduced progressively, allowing beginners to build their confidence and more experienced woodworkers to embark upon new challenges.
Ponds and water features have been popular in gardens for thousands of years. This book is aimed at anyone who is thinking of building a pond, anyone who has bought some of the materials but doesn't know how to start or anyone who has a pond and needs to know how to keep it at its best. The book starts with the basics of assessing the garden, checking the site, planning and preparation, tools and materials and electrical wiring and safety.