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I'm looking for recommendations of comprehensive DIY building books, with a focus on outbuildings. I've little building experience, though I'm fairly handy and can tackle most non-structural home repair issues. I have built a chicken coop from plans Garden Coop, awesome urban coop design. I have taken a 7 week natural building course, mostly a survey/overview of many techniques, but with plenty of hands on.

Having recently acquired some acres, with some salvaged building materials, I need to start building sheds and other small outbuildings, plus fences, decks, pergolas... I'd like a good reference/how-to book that covers multiple building styles (post and beam, stick frame, laminating 2-by material) and covers tips and issues at all stages of building (foundations, walls, roofs). I'm not worried about building codes since I'm building structures that are under the minimum square footage, but I do want to build sturdy, solid and aesthetically pleasing (not fancy, just not eye-sores) structures.

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I found a set like this set at my second hand book store. They are pretty good and the set covers al sorts of things. So you could pic and choose the topics you want most.

( just using this ebay link to show the books, not that you should buy them here! )
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