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The Good House Book: A Common-Sense Guide to Alternative Homebuilding Solar * Straw Bale * Cob * Adobe * Earth Plaster * & Moreby Clarke Snell
Synopses & Reviews
From Lark Books and Natural Home magazine—which has a circulation of 200,000—comes an illustrated, unique guide to building an earth-friendly home.
To create a dwelling thats both ecologically sustainable and attractive, Natural Home magazine is the place to go. With this exquisitely illustrated guide, packed with 400 photos and illustrations, anyone can put environmentally friendly ideas into beautiful practice. Heres an intelligent look at how a home is supposed to function and a variety of different building approaches. Whats important is finding the right solution to fit your individual needs, local climate, and natural resources. The broad range of topics covered include choosing a site; selecting materials; building with straw bale, cob, adobe, or rammed earth; and plugging into alternative home power systems. Interviews with six homeowners, and photos of the dream homes they built, provide invaluable insight.
Book News Annotation:
Writing for those considering building their own home, especially those concerned with sustainable construction, the author discusses fundamental considerations. In his richly illustrated volume, he frequently refers to traditional and modern building approaches from around the world in order to demonstrate the variety of possible ways to make a building "specific to its climate, its site, its culture, and its inhabitants." He also offers close examination of six houses as exemples of proper building planning.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Clarke Snell is a builder with experience using a wide variety of materials and techniques, both conventional and alternative. The construction project closest to his heart is his own partially bermed, passive solar house, which he built in the mountains of western North Carolina.
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