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Building Small Barns,
Sheds & Shelters
by Monte Burch, Fred Stetson (Editor)
is everything you need to know to build your own outbuildings,
including toolsheds, woodsheds, barns, underground root
cellars, smokehouses, animal shelters, and fences. Monte
Burch provides easy-to-follow instructions along with
complete information on tools and materials, foundations,
floors, framing, sheathing, roofing, wiring, plumbing,
adding doors and windows, finishing details, and more.
A recognized authority on building and woodworking,
Monte Burch has worked as a contractor, editor, freelance
writer, photographer and former assistant editor of
Workbench Magazine. He is the author of more than sixty
books with over a million copies in print, including
Monte Burch's Pole Building Projects, Building Small
Barns, Sheds & Shelters, and 64 Yard & Garden
Projects You Can Build Yourself, which has sold over
has also written How to Build Small Barns & Outbuildings,
which was the first-place book winner in the 1993 Stanley
National Home and Workshop Writers Association writing
contest. Many of Monte's articles have been featured
in various outdoor and how-to publications. Together
with his wife, Joan, Monte owns and operates a book
publishing house called Outdoor World Press, Inc. He
lives in Humansville, Missouri.
Barefoot Architect: A Handbook for Green Building
by Johan van Lengen
720 pp, 2008, $20
first English translation of the international bestseller
dripping with easy-to-understand drawings.
former UN worker and prominent architect, Johan van
Lengen has seen firsthand the desperate need for a "greener"
approach to housing in impoverished tropical climates.
This comprehensive book clearly explains every aspect
of this endeavor, including design (siting, orientation,
climate consideration), materials (sisal, cactus, bamboo,
earth), and implementation. The author emphasizes throughout
the book what is inexpensive and sustainable. Included
are sections discussing urban planning, small-scale
energy production, cleaning and storing drinking water,
and dealing with septic waste, and all information is
applied to three distinct tropical regions: humid areas,
temporate areas, and desert climates. Hundreds of explanatory
drawings by van Lengen allow even novice builders to
get started. Basic design, climate, and site planning
for humid and dry climates. Includes info on Adobe,
rammed earth, bamboo, plaster, wood, concrete and ferro-cement;
Foundations, roofs, floors, walls, doors, windows, and
eco-techniques; Solar heating, water-powered electricity,
natural cooling and ventilation; Water purification,
pumps, cisterns, septic tanks, composting toilets
book is for people who dream of building a simple home.
It is also for those in the building trades: carpenters,
masons, plumbers, and artisans, as well as for urban
planners, rural technicians, and small community designers.
covers basic design, use of a great variety of natural
materials, construction details, natural heating and
cooling, and water and sanitation techniques. Although
many of the methods shown are traditional, more modern
techniques are shown as well.
Green: A Complete How-To Guide to Alternative Building
by Clarke Snell and Timothy L. Callahan 2007, 614pp.,
$30 (subject to extra shipping surcharges when ordered
by itself due to the weight, cheaper when shipped overseas
with other books)
and Callahan, whose popular Good House
Book helped environmentally-minded readers create
an earth-friendly home, have returned with a photo-packed,
amazingly complete, start-to-finish guide to "green"
absolutely groundbreaking manual doesn't just talk about
eco-friendly building techniques, but actually shows
than 1,200 close-up photographs, along with in-depth descriptions,
follow the real construction of an alternative house from
site selection to the addition of final-touch interior
details. Co-authors Clarke Snell and Timothy Callahan
(a professional builder and contractor) provide thorough
discussions of the fundamental concepts of construction,
substitutes for conventional approaches, and planning
a home that's not only comfortable and beautiful, but
environmentally responsible. Then, they roll up their
sleeves and get to work assembling a guest house that
incorporates four different alternative building methods:
straw bale, cob, cordwood, and modified stick frame. The
images show every move: how the site is cleared, the basic
structure put together, the cob wall sculpted, the bales
and cordwood stacked, a living roof created, and more.
Most important, the manual conveys real-world challenges
and processes, and offers dozens of sidebars with invaluable
advice. It's head and shoulders above all others in the
Building with Awareness:
The Construction of a Hybrid Home
DVD & Guidebook
by Ted Owens $39,
2006,152pp + DVD
award winning DVD video, Building With Awareness: The
Construction of a Hybrid Home, now has a full-color
book companion. Follow the construction of one straw
bale solar house, from start to finish. Learn where
to place windows for passive heating and cooling, how
rubble trench foundations can save on the cost of concrete,
post-and-beam framing for straw bale walls, how to notch
and stack straw bales, how to build interior thermal
mass walls, how to generate electricity from the sun,
how to make and apply earth plasters, and much more.
by Ianto Evans, Michael G. Smith, Linda
Smiley 2002, $35, 346pp.
has been a traditional building process for millennia
in Europe, even in rainy and windy climates like the
British Isles, where many cob buildings still serve
as family homes after hundreds of years. The technique
is newly arrived to the Americas, and, as with so many
social trends, the early adopters are in the Pacific
houses (or cottages, since they are always efficiently
small by American construction standards) are not only
compatible with their surroundings, they ARE their surroundings,
literally rising up from the earth. They are full of
light, energy-efficient, and cozy, with curved walls
and built-in, whimsical touches. They are delightful.
They are ecstatic.
Hand-Sculpted House is theoretical and philosophical,
but intensely practical as well. You will get all the
how-to information to undertake a cob building project.
As the modern world rediscovers the importance of living
in sustainable harmony with the environment, this book
is a bible of radical simplicity.
Evans is an applied ecologist, landscape architect,
inventor, and teacher with building experience on six
continents. Cob is traditional in his homeland, Wales.
In addition to teaching ecological building, Ianto has
consulted with USAID, the World Bank, the Peace Corps,
and several national governments.
G. Smith teaches practical workshops and consults on
cob construction, natural building, and permaculture.
He is the author of The Cobber's Companion: How to Build
Your Own Earthen Home and co-editor of The Art of Natural
Building: Design, Construction, Resources.
Smiley teaches workshops on cob, sculpting sacred spaces,
intuitive design, and natural plasters and finishes.
With a background as a recreational therapist, she specializes
in helping people use natural building as a tool for
personal transformation and healing.
Managing Water Sustainably in the Garden and Designed
By Nigel Dunnett and Andy Clayden
188pp, 157 color photos, 41 line drawings, 2007, $35
Review - PDF)
gardens encompass all possible elements that can be
used to capture, channel, divert and make the most of
the rain and snow that fall on a property. Using the
innovative and attractive approaches described here,
it is possible to enhance outdoor spaces and minimize
the damaging effects of drought, stormwater runoff,
and other environmental challenges. Nigel Dunnett &
Andy Clayden have created a comprehensive guide to water
management techniques for the garden and built environment.
with practical, manageable solutions for small and large-scale
implementations and utilizing authoritative research
with state-of-the-art case studies from all over the
world, Rain Gardens is the first book on sustainable
water management schemes suitable for students and professionals.
bit as appealing as its title, Rain Gardens tells us
what to do as we find ourselves in a built environment
where much of the earth is paved over and our supply
of cheap water is diminishing. An educational, practical,
timely, and inspiring book."—Katherine Cook,
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