A pattern language : towns, buildings, construction by Christopher Alexander. Excellent book of suggestions on how to plan homes, larger buildings, communities, cities... There are a few things I disagree with in this book and several things that I agree with in principle but impossible politically IMHO. This is an excellent read. Many thanks to Hypatia at alexlit for the suggestion.
Arcadia by Tom Stoppard. OK, so Hypatia isn't perfect. She recommended this as Excellent. I rated it as So-so. On the other hand she did say her confidence level in this recommendation was Wild Guess.
The timeless way of building by Christopher Alexander. This is the prequel to A Pattern Language, but it came in later. I haven't read it yet. When Ailsa saw it in the stack of books I was carrying she cried "Mine!" and grabbed it. I get it when she's done with it.
Residential foundations : design, behavior, and repair by Robert Wade Brown. Our house is settling at one corner. Time for some research. Most of the information here is for houses with clay soil underneath. Doesn't really apply to our glacial gravel area.
The Mind of the Maker by Dorothy Sayers. Hypatia recommendation. Haven't read it yet.
Lord of Emperors by Guy Gavriel Kay. Hypatia recommendation. Just started it this morning. It's the sequel to the excellent Sailing to Sarantium. So far LoE is introducing new characters, no contact with the previous novel's viewpoint characters yet.
The Neverending Story by Michael Ende. Saw the DVD a few weeks ago. Need to read the book.
OK, now I need to quit posting and get back to reading before all of these books are due back.