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Fix Up Your Home
Call Number Author Title
643.7 52 52 weekend makeovers: Easy projects to transform your home inside and out.
643.7 Black Complete home repair: With 350 projects and 2,300 photos.
643.7 Ostrow Ostrow, Judy The complete idiot's guide to simple home repair.
643.7 Davis Davis, Sid. The first-time homeowner's survival guide: A crash course in dealing with repairs, renovations, property tax issues, and other potential disasters.
643.7 Wing Wing, Charlie. How your house works: A visual guide to understanding & maintaining your home.
693.83 Harley Harley, Bruce. Insulate and weatherize.
696.1 Cauldwell Cauldwell, Rex.


696.1 Prestly Prestly, Donald R.

Plumbing for dummies do-it-yourself.

643.7 Jackson Jackson, Albert. Popular mechanics complete home how-to.
643.7 Complete Readers Digest complete do-it-yourself manual.
644 201 Save energy save money!: 201 do-it-yourself projects, tips, and ideas from the editors of The Family Handyman.
643.7 Holloway Holloway, David. Time Life book of repair and restoration.
643.7 Today's Today's homeowner essential home tips: 500 solutions for problems around your home.
643.7 Maguire Maguire, Jack. True Value guide to home repair and improvement.
643.7 Weekend Weekend projects: 80 easy ways to improve your home.
Renovate and Remodel
Call Number Author Title
690.837 Ideas Additions
643.7 Ruiz Ruiz, Fernando Pagés. Affordable remodel: How to get custom results on any budget.
643.5 Basement Basement design guide.
643.7 Black Complete home improvement: With 300 projects and 2000 photos.
643.8 Porcelli Porcelli, Lesley. Country Living storage style: Pretty and practical ways to organize your home.
643.5 Kalyn Kalyn, Wayne. Design ideas for basements.
717 Connelly Connelly, Megan. Design ideas for curb appeal.
728.98 Obolensky Obolensky, Kira. Garage: Reinventing the place we park.
643.12 Wills Wills, Gerri. Home rich: Increasing the value of the biggest investment of your life.
728.37 Lawson Lawson, Todd. The house to ourselves: Reinventing home once the kids are grown.
690.837 Schoenherr Schoenherr, Matthew. House transformed: Getting the home you want with the house you have.
643.4 Kitchen Kitchen makeovers.
693.3 Lowe's Lowes complete tile and flooring.
648.8 Jordan Jordan, Wendy A. Making room: Finding space in unexpected places.
643.7 Likes Likes, Victoria Manage your remodel and save money!
747 Gilliatt's Gilliatt, Mary. Mary Gilliatt's great renovations and restorations.
747.78 Wormer Wormer, Andrew. New bathroom idea book.
721.84 Crisp Crisp, James. On the porch: Creating your place to watch the world go by.
728.37 Roberts Roberts, Jennifer. Redux: Designs that reuse, recycle, and reveal.
690.24 Litchfield Litchfield, Michael. Renovation.
643.7 Owen Owen, David. Sheetrock & shellac : A thinking person's guide to the art and science of home improvement.
747.797 2006 Lovett Lovett, Susan Marie. Smart approach to kitchen design.
690.837 Wing Wing, Charles The visual handbook of building and remodeling : a comprehensive guide to choosing the right materials and systems for every part of your home

Plan Your Dream House
Call Number Author Title
  Lester, Kent The complete guide to contracting your home
728.37 Versaci Versaci, Russell. Creating a new old house: Yesterday's character for today's home .
728.37 Eck Eck, Jeremiah. The distinctive home: A vision of timeless design.
133.333 Wydra Wydra, Nancilee. Feng Shui principles for building and remodeling.
690.837 Snell Snell, Clarke. The good house book: A common-sense guide to alternative homebuilding.
728.37 Dickinson Dickinson, Duo. The house you build: Making real-world choices to get the home you want.
690.87 Chiras Chiras, Daniel D. The new ecological home: The complete guide to green building options.
728.37 Susanka Susanka, Sarah. The not so big house: A blueprint for the way we really live.
728.37 Jacobson Jacobson, Max. Patterns of home: The ten essentials of enduring design
728.37 Roberts Roberts, Jennifer. Redux: Designs that reuse, recycle, and reveal.
747 Conran Conran, Terence. The ultimate house book.
728 Jordan Jordan, Wendy A. Universal design for the home: Great looking, great living design for all ages, abilities, and circumstances.
690.837 Johnston Johnston, Amy. What the "experts" may not tell you about--building or renovating your home.

Decorate and Organize
Call Number Author Title
747.88314 Seldon Seldon, Kimberley 500 ideas for small spaces: Easy solutions for living in 1000 square feet or less.
643.3 Provey Provey, Joe. 1001 ideas for kitchen organization.
747.1 Lake Lake, Selina. Bazaar style: Decorating with market and vintage finds
747.94 Strangis Strangis, Robin. Color idea book.
747.94 Starmer Starmer, Anna. The color scheme bible: Inspirational palettes for designing home interiors.
747.1 Decorating Decorating ideas under $50.
133.33 Skinner Skinner, Stephen. Feng shui style: The Asian art of gracious living.
747 Madden Madden, Chris.  Haven: Finding the keys to your personal decorating style.
648.8 Starr Starr, Meryl. The home organizing workbook: Clearing your clutter, step-by-step.
747.1 Whitney Whitney, Sue. Junk beautiful: Room by room makeovers with junkmarket style.
747  Roney 2008 Roney, Carley. [The Nest] home design handbook: Simple ways to decorate, organize, and personalize your place.
747 New The new smart approach to home decorating.
645.3 Elliott Elliott, Lynn. The new smart approach to window decor.
747 Koll Koll, Randall.  The organized home: Design solutions in clutter-free living.
698.14 Ostrow Ostrow, Judy  Painting rooms: How to choose and use paint like an expert.
747 Hiller Hiller, Shari.  Real decorating for real people.
747 Atkins Atkins, Caroline. Small spaces for modern living: Making the most of your indoor space.
648.8 Gilchrist Gilchrist, Paige. Stylish storage: Simple ways to contain your clutter.
747 Ward Ward, Lauri. Trade secrets from use what you have decorating.

Beautify Your Home's Surroundings

Call Number Author Title
690.184 Provey Provey, Joe. 1001 ideas for decks.
747.79 Martin Martin Brett. 1001 ideas for outdoor spaces: The ultimate sourcebook: Decking, paving, designs and accessories.
690.89 Gilchrist Gilchrist, Paige. Big book of backyard projects.
690.184 Schuttner Schuttner, Scott. Building a deck: Expert advice from start to finish.
712.6 Complete Complete guide to landscaping: Planning, selecting, planting.
690.184 Cory Cory, Steve. Decks: Plan, design, build.
712.6 Kingsbury Kingsbury, Noel. Gardens by design: Expert advice from the world's leading garden designers.
712.6 Halpin Halpin, Anne Moyer. Homescaping: Designing your landscape to match your home.
712 Landscape Landscape makeovers: 50 projects for a picture-perfect yard.
635.964 Mellor Mellor, David R. The lawn bible: How to keep it green, groomed, and growing every season of the year.
690.184 Peters Peters, Rick. Moneysmart makeovers: Porches, decks & patios. 
712.6 Erler Erler, Catriona Tudor, New complete home landscaping.
690.89 Outdoor Outdoor projects 1-2-3.
712.6 Messervy Messervy, Julie.  Outside the not so big house: Creating the landscape of home.

More Projects?

For more information about home improvement projects, check the following areas.

Additions 690.24 ~ Basements & Attics 643.5 ~ Cabinets 684.16 

Contractors 692.8 ~ Decks 690.184 ~ Decorating 747 ~ Drywall 693.6 

Flooring 690.16 ~ Gardening 635 Heating & Cooling 697 

Home Building 690.837 ~ Home Carpentry 694 ~ Home Design 728.37  

Home Repair & Improvement 643.7 ~ Interior Design 747 

Insulation & Weatherproofing 693.8 ~ Landscaping 712.6 

Masonry 693.1 ~ Outdoor Structures 690.89 ~ Painting 698.1 

Plumbing 696.1 ~ Roofing 695 ~ Solar 697.78 ~ Storage 648.8 

Tiling 693.3 ~ Windows & Doors 690.18 ~ Wiring 621.319  



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About.com: Home Repair http://homerepair.about.com/
About.com is a company that builds online directories for specific topics. The Home Repair site features up-to-date links to other home improvement sites and a bulletin board for readers to help each other. This site is supported by paid advertisements.

About.com: Interior Decorating http://interiordec.about.com
About's Interior Decorating section is well organized, extensive, and current.

Better Homes and Gardens www.bhg.com
The “House and Home” section contains tips, solid information, and fun interactive tools like sample home plans and “Color A Room.” 

The Budget Decorator www.thebudgetdecorator.com
You'll stumble through a lot of ads to get to the really good, inexpensive ideas and tips from Kathy Wilson, a decorating expert for LifetimeTV.com

Do It Yourself.com. http://doityourself.com
The original Internet community for do-it-yourselfers offers extensive how-to guides and forums that cover even hard-to-find topics like heating systems.

EERE Energy www.eere.energy.gov/consumer
The Department of Energy's guide to energy efficiency and renewable energy: solar energy, lighting, heating, insulation, appliances, design, remodeling, more.

GreenHomeGuide www.greenhomeguide.com
Reviews and advice about green building and remodeling materials and techniques.

HGTV www.hgtv.com
The web companion to HGTV's decorating and remodeling shows provides loads of information and ideas on the whole gamut of home projects.

Home and Garden http://homegarden.move.com/homegarden
Ideas and tips for home improvement, decorating, and lawn and garden.

Hometime www.hometime.com
Tips for home repair and renovation projects, from the PBS series.

How Stuff Works www.howstuffworks.com 
Check the Home section for how-to advice on projects from drywall to fixing showerheads and removing every conceivable stain, plus information for the curious on the workings of things like screwdrivers, hardwood floors, GCFIs, power saws, much more.

Lowe’s Home www.lowes.com (Look under Project Planning)
Of course, they'd like to sell you something. But the hints and projects on the site are helpful. Pick "Project Center" for a how-to library and dozens of useful project calculators. 

Massachusetts State Building Code

Massachusetts Consumer Affairs: Home Improvement www.mass.gov
Select Residents, then pick Home Improvement, under Housing, for help with home improvement, including planning a project, resolving a problem, and checking a contractor's license and arbitration history.

National Gardening Association www.garden.org
Articles, tips, how-to for projects, plus regional blogs.

Old House Journal Online www.oldhousejournal.com
Fans of the magazine will find even more to pore over on this site, which includes detailed “Preservation How-To” documents from the National Park Service.

Websites change! Please email us if you have difficulty with a site on this list. We'll try to identify and correct the problem.



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  • Telephone the Main Library Reference Department at 508-532-5570, extension 4361. 

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  • Visit the Main Library or the McAuliffe Branch for free access to the Internet and databases, and for assistance with research. 

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Updated December 2010

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