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Rustic Retreats
Rustic Retreats

A Build-It-Yourself Guide
BOOK   $1995

Deep in the woods or right in the backyard, take refuge and enjoy the natural world in your own rustic retreat.

CAMPERS, ANGLERS, HUNTERS, AND NATURE LOVERS -- the woodland hideaway you've dreamed of is in these pages. From an elegant water gazebo to a traditional tipi, you'll find it in Rustic Retreats: A Build-It-Yourself Guide.

Experienced designers and builders, David and Jeanie Stiles offer illustrated, step-by-step instructions for more than 20 low-cost, sturdy, beautiful outdoor structures, including:

  • YURT or "GER"
The workbook also contains sections on basic building techniques, essential tools, joints and joining methods, and safety concerns, plus directions for building all types of windows, skylights, doors, roofs, latches, and locks.

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"Reviews from this book:" Water Gazebo

We have enjoyed all your garden house/project books and consulted "Sheds" when we were planning our own shed. We especially appreciated the step by step instructions and clear drawings. We were still deliberating over plans when we saw "Rustic Retreats" in a book club ad and we ran all over greater Seattle looking for it. We must have bought the first copy in Washington. We proceeded to build the cover garden house, finishing the shingles this summer. It was originally intended to be a storage shed, but was so wonderful that we added chairs and a bed. We've used it as a guest house and as a napping spot. And we have a dream of sleeping out there some night when it's snowing. Our little house faces due west, so we put plexi in the gable on the south side, adding sun (when we get it) and a perfect perch from which our cat can watch the neighborhood. Thanks so much for your books. Docie Woodard and Linda Beal

The perfect builders guide. Straightforward instructions and beautiful, informative drawings will help you build dozens of great back-country shelters. Designs include sheds, arbors, lean-tos, huts, cabins, tree houses and even a design for a floating cabin. Architect and author, Don Berg from New York

For anyone with space enough, but without the money to build on it, this book has so many answers. It has line drawings on every page and is pure delight to read and dream over. A reader from Kent, U.K.

The drawings are very detailed yet artful, the prose is kept simple without unnecessary information. The authors leave ample room to improvise, but you could certainly follow the instructions to the letter and finish up with just what is described. The designs in this book are so varied you will very likely find a structure that appeals to you. The building techniques and materials described can be interchanged for most of the structures described. I found myself flipping back and forth and was inspired to use elements of multiple designs in just one structure. A very well done and handsome book! Georg N. from New York

Not only interesting to read, but the drawings make the projects easy to follow...This terrific book has inspired me to find the perfect piece of land to build my own little vacation getaway. Vincent P. from New Jersey

This book was written for people like us who dream of having a place off in the woods, in a lake or a river, or even in their own backyard where they can get away from the fast pace of the city and enjoy nature. It begins with general info on how to build doors, hooks and windows using primarily hand tools and goes on to describe how to build 21 different structures. Authors - Jeanie & David Stiles

Rustic Retreats: A Build-it-Yourself Guide by David and Jeanie Stiles, offers assistance for those who dream of setting up housekeeping out in the wild, snug inside their own Adirondack lean-to, ivy-covered hut, wigwam, or garden pavilion. from Country Living Gardner Magazine Jan/Feb '99

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