This book will provide the instructions needed to produce exquisite polished concrete surfaces. It covers topics such as how to choose the right polishing system for the job, surface preparation, coloring options and more. This guide also covers important business facets such as budget analysis, how to estimate materials, and tips for marketing polished concrete
For the first time in print, this book details the art and craft of creating concrete countertops, step-by-step. This invaluable manual will guide craftsmen through each step of creating a cast concrete countertop.
If you enjoy working with your hands and being outdoors, you’ll love sand-casting with concrete. In this step-by-step pictorial, you will be shown how to create five easy projects using sand, gravel, water, cement and reinforcement.
Do you enjoy making sandcastles? Do your mashed potatoes become fine art before you eat them? If you enjoy working with your hands and being outdoors, you’ll love sand-casting with concrete. Veteran concrete creator Bo Atkinson shares his passion and experience in this wonderful step-by-step pictorial. Starting with a pile of sand, a pile of gravel, some water, cement, and reinforcement, he demonstrates how simple it can be to create anything you fancy from concrete. His projects include a fairy lantern, a birdbath, a toadstool seat, a bench, and even a small footbridge.
Acclaimed garden designer Scott Cohen is back with this essential collection of his 70 outdoor kitchen and barbeque plans. Homeowners and contractors alike will find all the information they need to build high-performance outdoor kitchens in sizes and configurations that work for different spaces, budgets and cooking styles.
This republication of a 1926 study looks at mouldings from historical, practical, aesthetic, and perceptual points of view; Richard Sammons' foreword and a selection of mouldings in use address applications in contemporary architecture. 100 line drawings, 25 photographs
This practical manual has all the information you need to select and pour the right mix for the job, lay out the structure, choose the right form materials, design and build the forms, and finish and cure the concrete.
Find what type of mix is best for the job, what admixtures are needed, how deep the footing should be, the best way to lay out forms, how much concrete you'll need, how much reinforcing you'll need -- the answers are all here.
Nearly 100 pages of step-by-step instructions show how to construct and erect most types of site-fabricated wood forms used in residential construction.
This is the revised edition of the popular manual, with updated information on everything from on-site preplanning and layout through the construction of footings, foundations, walls, fireplaces and chimneys.
There s an added appendix on safety regulations, with all the applicable OSHA sections pulled together into one handy condensed reference. There s new information on concrete, masonry and seismic reinforcement. Plus improved estimating techniques to help you win more construction bids.
The emphasis is on integrating new techniques and improved materials with the tried-and-true methods. Includes information on cement and mortar types, mixes, coloring agents and additives, and suggestions on when, where and how to use them; calculating footing and foundation loads, with tables and formulas to use as references; forming materials and forming systems; pouring and reinforcing concrete slabs and flatwork; block and brick wall construction, including seismic requirements; crack control, masonry veneer construction, brick floors and pavements, including design considerations and materials; and cleaning, painting and repairing all types of masonry.
With these completely illustrated, step-by-step techniques, anyone can paint spectacular murals for the home. Master muralists Gary Lord and David Schmidt present 15 magnificent projects - from mountains, woodlands and waterfalls to musical "swing" themes, underwater motifs and farm scenes, all accessible to the beginner and easily customized. The projects start with simple-yet-effective techniques and progress to more elaborate murals, broken down into a series of mini-demos. The book is filled with expert tips for great results - including various ways to paint skies, the most popular mural subject. The "drawing - impaired" will especially appreciate the authors' trick for using stencils to create the look of a hand-painted mural.
Carole Vincent is an artist whose chosen material is concrete. In addition to public works like The Bude Light in Cornwall; The Red Carpet in Edinburgh, and Les Jongleurs in Jersey, her book Concrete Works, with stunning photographs by Clive Boursnell, features more personal work, and her 'concrete garden' - a medal winner at the 2001 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
The same authors who wrote the best-selling, award-winning book,Painting Techniques & Faux Finishesand more recently Outdoor Painting Techniques & Faux Finishes now delve even deeper into the subject of decorative painting with their new book,Dramatic Faux Finishes. Realistic-paint finishes imitate intriguing and colorful materials found in nature, including a variety of stones and marbles, woods, metals, and leather. As is their style, the authors begin with a comprehensive look at the supplies and tools needed, as well as the necessary steps to preparing the various surfaces that can be painted. Techniques include some easy ones, like fantasy marble, decoupage, checks, and stripes. Yet even the more complex techniques, such as wood graining and creating murals are easy to learn from these experienced painters. Step-by-step, color photos and clear directions ensure success every time.
Every modern house includes flat concrete surfaces. Concrete features range from utilitarian sidewalks to garage floors to tennis courts made of pervious concrete so water won't pond on it. You don't need years of experience to build a good concrete floor, but you do need information. Until now, that information has been surprisingly hard to find. Learn all you need to know to plan and complete small concrete pavement jobs around the house. Included are footpaths, driveways, patios, sports surfaces, and indoor floor slabs. There is guidance for all the basics: ordering concrete, adding joints, curing, and more specialized topics including pervious concrete and exposed-aggregate finishes. The final chapter addresses things that can go wrong, and how to prevent and fix them.
Although it is one of the smallest rooms in the house, the bathroom presents a surprising amount of decorating opportunities. In The Painted Bathroom, author Henny Donovan offers the inspiration and know-how to transform an ordinary bathroom into a wonderfully decorated retreat using color and paint. Donovan's fresh, new ideas about how to update or redecorate the bath encompass cabinets, shower screens, floors and ceilings, tiles, glass, mirrors and moldings. The "Getting Started" section of this book includes in-depth information on planning a bathroom decorating scheme, selecting colors, the effect of light on color and color on light, the appropriate varnishes and finishes for a bathroom, and much more. The book is divided into 7 different color chapters with 18 step-by-step decorative paint techniques, as well as 100+ different paint effect variations. Templates of the stencils, drawings and hand-painted motifs used throughout the book are included for guaranteed success. Whether it's adding a frosted motif to a glass window pane or creating a faux mosaic backsplash, you will find that The Painted Bathroom is the perfect combination of inspiration and step-by-step instruction to help you create a vibrant and personalized bathroom.