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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Outdoor Projects: Books to Inspire You

                        Prepare your yard for a staycation this summer when you create one or several outdoor projects as described in these books.
            The Bartlett Book of Garden Elements: a Practical Compendium of Inspired Designs is written by Michael and Rose Bartlett. Michael, now deceased, and Rose traveled the world for thirty years in search of unique garden ornamentation that is now documented with the information and colorful photos in this book. Examples of fences, fountains, and furniture, to stairs, sundials, and swimming pools, and more are given.
            Mosaic Garden Projects: Add Color to Your Garden with Tables, Fountains, Birdbaths, and more is written by Mark Brody and Sheila Ashdown. Here they present 25 projects that range in easy to advanced ability level. Tools, supplies, materials, and techniques are described and templates are provided. Color photos complement the text.
            The Backyard Homestead Book of Building Projects is written by Spike Carlsen. Carlsen, an expert woodworker, and former editor of Family Handyman, provides illustrated instructions for 76 projects that promote a sustainable lifestyle. Some of these projects cover harvesting and food preparation, storage and workspaces, animal shelters and feeders, and more.
            The Complete Guide to Outdoor Carpentry: Complete Plans for Beautiful Backyard Building Projects is a Black & Decker publication. Step-by-step instructions are given for more than 30 projects, including chairs, tables, benches, swings, and more. All are accompanied by color photos.
            Outdoor Wood Projects: 24 Projects You Can Build in a Weekend is written by Steve Cory. The projects are easy-to-do and include complete illustrated instructions. Construct planters, trellises, window boxes and outdoor furniture; some made from new wood, others from reclaimed wood or bamboo for extra savings.  

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