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October 2015

SMALL is BIG (here at Builders...) !

Small spaces of all kinds; Sheds, shacks, tiny houses, get-aways, man-caves, in-law units, or cabins (whatever you want to call them) have been a "hot" topic for the entire 33 years we have been in the book business. EVERYONE seems to have a dream of that little get-away...or down-sizing...or escaping on a boat or a trailer road trip. Although the internet is full of sites promoting the life-style and YouTube how-too and tours, a great book on the subject somehow scratches that itch far better...below are a few to entice you...

We invite you to email, call, or stop by and let us know what it is YOU are looking for!  If we don't have the answer, we never hesitate to steer you to resources that will help you, even if it's our competitors! - Builders

Titles for October 2015 (What's New...)

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Contemporary Follies, Keith Moscow
Introduction by Witold Rybczynski

...Together these small structures are the contemporary interpretation of the folly, the small building nestled in the landscape, a place apart...

Microshelters: 59 Creative Cabins, Tiny Houses, Tree Houses, and Other Small Structures
By Deek Diedricksen

...includes six sets of building plans by leading designers to help you get started on a microshelter of your own...

Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter, Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn is from the community of Bolinas just north of SF Bay and the houses are predominantly from the west coast. This book is a wood lovers delight, a joy to curl up with!

Tiny House Living: Ideas For Building and Living Well In Less than 400 Square Feet, Ryan Mitchell

Here are the stories of those that have successfully made the move to 400 square feet...

Tiny House: Design & Construction Guide: Your Guide to Building a Mortgage Free, Sustainable Home, Dan Louch

...this one is a "step-by-step" construction and design guide to building your own tiny house on wheels...

The New Energy Code, Part 6 of the 2013 California Title 24 Code,
Became Effective July 1, 2014

Energy Code Ace, a new site developed by the California Statewide Codes & Standards Program to help you meet the requirements of Title 24, Part 6.
Check out the "Forms Ace" tab which automatically generates a list of forms, identifies installation techniques, and provides the standards you need for your project.

2013 California Energy Code has an effective date of July 1, 2014. All new projects must now comply with the many changes which take a giant step towards true energy efficiency.


For a list of all the new California Code titles click

 The new Title 24 codes become mandatory January 1, 2014.
Purchase your new codes and references now and be prepared!
Your purchase includes automatic California supplements and errata through the 3 year code cycle.

For a list of all the new California Code titles click

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Staff Picks
Rock the Shack: The Architecture of Cabins, Cocoons and Hide-Outs

Our Price: $60.00
"Sophisticated Small!
Fernau + Hartman

Our Price: $45.00
Sally's Pick
Gamble House: Building Paradise in California

Our Price: $60.00
George's Pick!

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