Residential Idea Book

The Idea Book Series

The Efficiency Idea Book (coming soon)

Click here to download the Efficiency Idea BookThe Efficiency Idea Book, available June 2014, was written to help Garland residents improve water and energy efficiency within their homes. Designed to serve as an owner's manual, the second volume in the Idea Book Series is a resource homeowners can use for years to come as they advance from simple do-it-yourself projects to implementing more advanced efficiency techniques. Energy efficiency and water conservation are timely topics that will become increasingly relevant in the years to come. Learn more about how you can implement improvements for little or no cost while improving the quality of light and air in your home.

The Efficiency Idea Book includes:

Do-It-Yourself. Learn simple methods for saving money and resources through easy lighting improvements and water efficiency tips. Find ways to make your home more comfortable during the sweltering Texas summers. Take advantage of community programs offered by the City of Garland.

The Next Level. Do-It-Yourself projects are just the beginning. Learn more about how you can take on advanced efforts to save energy and conserve resources either by yourself or with a little help.

Ultimate Efficiency. Achieve ultimate efficiency by using the Idea Book to make informed decisions about upgrades that require the assistance of a contractor. Complete projects that incorporate the latest advancements in home comfort control, water conservation, and lighting improvements.

Activities. Use handy worksheets to learn how you can begin improving the efficiency of your home. Teach your family about ways they can save water and energy to create a more efficient home.

The Garland Residential Idea Book 

Click here to download the Residential Idea BookThe Garland Residential Iea Book was written to help homeowners and others making home improvements. The Idea Book provides guidance and inspiration for good design and quality construction for a variety of home enhancement projects, from small to large.

You will find within the Idea Book an explanation of architectural design principles and examples of how those principles can be used on four styles of homes that are common to Garland’s older neighborhoods. These principles are meant to guide improvements so that they enhance and strengthen the architectural character of homes and by extension, neighborhoods. You can improve your neighborhood – one house at a time.

The Garland Residential Idea Book was written to help homeowners and others making home improvements. The Idea Book provides guidance and inspiration for good design and quality construction for a variety of home enhancement projects, from small to large.You will find within the Idea Book an explanation of architectural design principles and examples of how those principles can be used on four styles of homes that are common to Garland’s older neighborhoods. These principles are meant to guide improvements so that they enhance and strengthen the architectural character of homes and by extension, neighborhoods. You can improve your neighborhood – one house at a time.

The book contains practical advice, inspirational ideas, and best practices to consider when improving your home. The Residential Idea Book includes:

Style Guide. Understanding the characteristics that define the style of your home will help you make improvements that work with and enhance what you have. Find out about common housing styles in Garland.

Home Improvements. This section is organized by the type of improvement: curb appeal, design details, small improvements, garage conversions, and additions.

Top Ten Ideas. Don’t know what to do? Here you will find the top ten ideas for easy improvements to your home, many of which are inexpensive and can be done without professional help.

Steps to Take. Don’t know where to start? Sometimes home improvements require city permits, fees, design, and construction professionals. Found out what you need to know before you get started.


How do I use the Idea Book Series?

  • Connect online to D.I.Y. Garland for home improvement resources.
  • Homeowners can use the Idea Books to plan their next improvement project.
  • Neighborhood organizations can use the Idea Books to stir interest in improving their neighborhoods.
  • Contractors, builders, architects, and rental property owners can also use the Idea Books to plan their next project or enhance their properties.

How can I get a copy of the Idea Book Series?

  • Download an electronic version (.pdf) of the Residential Idea Book here.
  • Download an electronic version (.pdf) of the Efficiency Idea Book here. (coming soon)
  • CD-ROMs of the Idea Books can be acquired for free at the Building Inspections Department, located in the Main Street Municipal Building, 1st floor, 800 Main Street in Downtown Garland.
  • Hardcopies can be purchased for $10.00 at the Planning & Community Development Department, located in the Main Street Municipal Building, 2nd floor, 800 Main Street in Downtown Garland.

For additional information on the Idea Book Series, contact the Planning & Community Development Department at 972-205-2445.