Synopses & Reviews
This book is about how to build tomorrow's housetoday. How to build a house that is energy efficient, solar heated, uses every inch of space well, is designed for the people who plan to live there, is elegantly simple, and yet doesn't cost a small fortune.
It is a picture book filled with Neal Ewenstein's photographs of exciting, innovative houses and their small details, both inside and outpartially buried hillside houses, small studio living spaces, and larger one-family dwellings. And it's a workbook with floor plans, drawings, and specifications for each house.
In it you'll learn how to:
- design efficiently and not waste space
- Take advantage of solar energy by attaching a solar greenhouse or designing a solar-tempered dwelling
- Take advantage of shortcuts for foundations, floors, and roofs
- Use recycled materials
- Build your own windows, skylights, and doors
- Use the earth as insulation by building into a south-facing hillside
- Save money on kitchen and bathroom installations and innovative designs
- Use post and beam construction to build a sturdy, inexpensive frame
- Heat more efficiently with wood
- Avoid hassles with banks and building code officials.