This weekend was the annual public library used book sale. The kiddo picked up another great round of Babysitter's Club Books, as well as a few classics, and Adam and I found these:
I am very optimistic that these will come in handy over the summer. First of all, we've got a lot of tuckpointing to do before we paint-- a lot of the mortar in the porch columns is disintegrating, and there's some spots in the foundation that could use a bit of building up, if for no other reason than to fortify it even further from the elements. And as you old home owners (not old homeowners, but owners of old homes!) know, these aged houses require some special attention regarding mortar type.
As for the built-ins, you can see it's a book from the 1950s, so the style of the built-ins isn't necessarily what we're looking for, but there's a lot of pictures and diagrams of how to put these things together-- types of joints, etc. We'd like to build in some basic craftsman style bookshelves with doors under the big window sill in the dining room, just deep enough for trade paperbacks, and we've considered putting some cabinets around the fireplace, as there very well may have been at one time.
I think we hit a DIY jackpot!