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The ultimate house book

Author: Terence Conran; Elizabeth Wilhide
Publisher: London : Conran Octopus, 2003
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A compendium covering everything from buying to building, improving to decorating, furnishing to fitting out. Whether for a small one-bedroom apartment or a classic Victorian manse, here is a 21st century blueprint for planning the perfect, personalized home. It comes from one of the world's foremost experts on design, and examines the way we actually live now: everything from integrated offices to children's rooms  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Terence Conran; Elizabeth Wilhide
ISBN: 1840914688 9781840914689
OCLC Number: 64097806
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 272 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 31 cm
Contents: INTRODUCTION. Dreams of Living --
PART 1. HOME LIFE. Flexible Living --
First Home. Planning the layout --
Decoration and furnishing --
Storage --
Shared home --
Outside space --
Case study. Streamlined space --
Case study. Spatial clarity --
Live-work. Self-assessment --
Siting the work area --
Integrated workspaces --
Conversions and extensions --
Lofts and live-work units --
Sheds and ancillary buildings --
Ergonomics and efficiency --
Case Study. Converted water tower --
Family Home. Planning and arrangement --
Family kitchens --
Living areas --
Bathrooms --
Private spaces --
Child-free zones --
Open-plan --
Children's rooms --
Family rooms and dens --
Storage --
Decoration and furnishing --
Family garden --
Safety --
Case study. From shed to home --
Case study Ancient ,and modern --
Holiday Home. Location --
Practicalities --
Design and context --
Furnishings and fittings --
Case study. Open to the elements --
Empty Nest. Assessment --
Reconfiguring space --
Upgrading and downsizing --
Universal design --
Case study. View of the start --
PART 2. HOME WORK. The Basics. Budgeting --
Buying --
Selling --
Renting --
Buy-to-let --
Levels of change --
Before you begin --
Organizing the work --
Order of work --
Decoration. The decorative palette --
Preparation --
Paint --
Plaster --
Paper and other wallcoverings --
Fabric and furnishings --
Surfaces and finishes --
Lighting --
Designing Fitted Spaces. Kitchens --
Bathrooms --
Fitted Storage --
Spatial Changes. Servicing --
The smart house --
Internal rearrangement --
Conversions --
Extensions --
New-Build. The brief --
Budgeting --
Plot-finding --
Design-and-build --
Case study. Flexible family home --
PART 3. COMPENDIUM. Materials Directory. Stone, slate and marble --
Concrete, terrazzo and brick --
Tiles --
Linoleum, cork, rubber, vinyl and plastics --
Glass --
Metal --
Carpet and natural fibres --
Architectural Elements & Details. Doors --
Windows --
Fireplaces and stoves --
Heating and air conditioning --
Stairs and staircases --
Handles --
Salvage --
Furniture & Furnishings. Bed, and mattress --
Sofas and armchairs --
Tables and chairs --
Desks and workstations --
Storage --
Fabric and soft furnishings --
Bedlinen --
Blinds, curtains and shutters --
Domestic Appliances & Fittings. Kitchen appliances --
Bathroom fittings --
Lighting. Types of light source --
Light fittings --
Switches, dimmers and controls --
Decorative light --
Useful addresses.
Responsibility: Terence Conran ; general editor and contributor Elizabeth Wilhide.

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The ultimate home reference book for the 21st century, "The Ultimate House Book" provides all you need to know about building, decorating and furnishing your home, as well as offering an  Read more...

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Conran's lush, comprehensive book is a breath of inspirational air." Closer Magazine "The essential compendium to making a house into a home." You Magazine, Mail on Sunday "The Ultimate House Book is Read more...

 
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