Independent Builder : Designing & Building a House Your Own Way

Cover, Independent Builder : Designing & Building a House Your Own Way Author(s): Sam Clark

Publisher: Chelsea Green Pub Co

ISBN: 0930031857

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How-To Editor’s Recommended Book, 02/01/97:
Subtitled Designing and Building a House Your Own Way, this is the book for anyone thinking about building their own home. It is comprehensive, detailed and covers subjects I have never before seen covered in home building books, like how to make a small house seem bigger, incorporating ergonomics and accessibility, doing your own drawings and scale models, making contracts that work, and working effectively with professional designers and builders. With detailed diagrams and photographs, this is the most thorough overall guide to building your own home I have ever seen (and I’ve seen a lot!).

Planet Earth Home

Cover, Planet Earth HomeAuthor(s): Mel Moench

Publisher: Osprey Press

ISBN: planetearthhome

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“This is by far the most comprehensive attempt to create the truly unplugged house… …systems forliving which honor the Earth.” –John Todd, President Ocean Arks International

This book fills a needed niche in self-sufficiency information. The book is a complete resource for the home biosphere. Rather than the home thought of as only a shelter, we need to begin to redefine the home as a potential provider. The result will be our own increased well-being as well as the future well-being of planet Earth. Greenhouse Gardener’s Companion From the Authors website: This book contains a plan for constructing a completely self-sufficient home for a family of four, which is designed to provide both food and power and can be located anywhere. No stream needed No hilltop location necessary No sunbelt location required No extensive farming skills No major mechanical skills No huge costs Limited lifestyle change This is a complete reference spanning and condensing over 21 years of research and tens of thousands of books, articles, technical documents and phone calls, covering all aspects of self-sufficiency. It answers questions such as: Which power source do I need? Which plants and animals are best? Which building materials last the longest? What are the easiest plumbing and sewage methods? How do I preserve enough food? Where is recycling used? The information and plan has been designed to simplify the many complex technologies into an understandable and easy-to-read format. The table of contents is grouped by function, making information easily accessible. The basic plan can be modified to suit the Individual needs in building your own home. Whether you are a survivalist, a young family looking for some measure of independence or want a second food source, this book can give you as much self-sufficiency ideas as you ever could want.

The Resourceful Renovator

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Author(s): Jennifer Corson

ISBN: 10890132519

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“The wood floors in older houses are so beautiful — how do I create the same effect?”

“Will used windows work to provide natural light in a dark interior room?”

“We removed some wonderful old wrought-iron grates when we replaced our heating system-how can we use them?”

“Is there an inexpensive way to build a brick patio for my home?”

“Our bathroom needs a new look, but we can’t spend much-what can we do?”

“How can I reuse the granite foundation block from the demolition site down the street?”

The Resourceful Renovator is always asking how basic building materials can be restored, rehabilitated, remodeled, repaired, revitalized, rejuvenated, reclaimed, renewed, refurbished, repainted, repointed, retrofitted, reconstructed, replicated, re-erected, rebuilt, recreated, redesigned, reworked, relocated or reused.

This book contains hundreds of ideas for renovating and decorating projects that reuse wood, stone, metal, glass, brick and ceramics. These materials consumed enormous amounts of energy in their production and building materials are the biggest proportion of all waste discarded in landfills. Instead of throwing them away, why not reuse these items in new buildings or renovation projects, and create furnishings and rooms that are beautiful, functional and good examples for our children and community?

The traditional method of demolishing a building is to use an excavator to knock it down into a rubble pile and then cart the debris away to the landfill. But there is another way. We should consider where building materials originate, how they are extracted from nature and how much energy is embodied in the process of changing raw resources into useful products. Then we can start to reverse the global impact of our use of those resources. Considerable value — energy, ingenuity and plain hard work — has already been added to transform ore or earth or tree into radiators or door knobs or tongue-and-groove flooring. Knowing this, we will be very reluctant to simply throw away such valuable items.

Finding material to reuse can be a fun adventure-in fact, it’s sometimes the most fun part of the project. Half of the joy of showing your finished project to a visitor is in telling the story of where the material came from. There is no end to the affliction called resource recycling-when it sets in, one house may not be enough. The urge to sidestep the new materials aisle at the hardware store, and dig through the neighborhood trash is infectious.

Many of the photographs and stories in this book come from author Jennifer Corson’s first-hand experience at her Renovator’s Resource business in Halifax, Nova Scotia. As well, it features some of the best episodes from her television series, “The Resourceful Renovator.”

176 pages, 2000

No Regrets Remodeling

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Publisher: Home Energy Magazine

ISBN: 0963944428

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In No-Regrets Remodeling, you’ll discover ways to make home improvements that benefit your house, your bank account and your well being. Here you’ll learn how new technologies and building practices can do more than make your home look better. It will also feel better, increase in value and cost less to heat, cool and maintain. No-Regrets Remodeling shows you the smart way to approach a remodeling job by steering you away from common mistakes that can be costly, unhealthy, unsafe or just plain annoying. The book identifies technology options and gives you the information to make the best choice for you. For example, in the Hot Water chapter, you’ll find a worksheet for estimating your water use, conservation ideas with savings projections and detailed descriptions of water heating technologies. Similar information is presented for space heating and cooling, ventilation, lighting, windows and structural improvements. Each chapter guides you through the steps that make the entire house a more pleasant place. You’ll learn how to: eliminate drafts, end mold and mildew problems, prevent peeling paint and rotting roofs, stop family thermostat wars, create attractive, efficient lighting designs, improve air quality, provide a new sense of quiet, decrease allergies, protect against carbon monoxide poisoning, attract loans that put money in your pocket and save on utility bills. The book is based on a series of articles that appeared in Home Energy Magazine, although the text has been reworked and expanded and many new illustrations added. 222 pages, 1997

Eco-Renovation : The Ecological Home Improvement Guide, 2nd Ed

Eco-Renovation : The Ecological Home Improvement Guide


Eco-Renovation : The Ecological Home Improvement Guide, 2nd Ed2nd Ed.

Author(s): Edward Harland, Duncan Roberts (Illustrator)

Publisher: Chelsea Green

ISBN: 1890132381

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Edward Harland There’s a popular bumper sticker that says “Think Globally, Act Locally.” You can’t get any more local than your own home. One of the best paths to environmentally-friendly housing is recycling old houses, whether you want to improve your current home or “move up” to a better place. Eco-Renovation is specifically aimed at homeowners who want to make existing houses as “green” as possible.

Author Edward Harland provides a concise overview of the major home related ecological questions and concerns and then offers practical solutions and suggestions for renovating the home ecologically. Eco-Renovation will show you how to: Reduce heating bills substantially. Select building materials that are resource efficient and environmentally-safe. Convert and maximize living space. Protect the family from toxic substances.

Edward Harland is an architect specializing in ecological renovation of houses. He has worked in both public and private practice and has also run his own carpentry business, building sunrooms, kitchens and furniture. 241 pages, 1999

The Healthy House: How to Buy One How to Build One How to Cure a Sick One

Cover, The Healthy House : How to Buy One How to Build One  How to Cure a Sick One (4th Ed)

(4th Ed)

Author(s): John Bower

Publisher: Healthy House Inst

ISBN: 0963715690

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The Healthy House: How to Buy One, How to Build One, How to Cure a Sick One

4th Edition
Paperback, 672 pages

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Information on subjects that include airtightness and ventilation, mold and moisture, wood and wood products, and their noxious and toxic potentials. Includes source listings of manufacturers and suppliers. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Keeping Buildings Healthy

Keeping Buildings HealthyAuthor(s): James T. O’Reilly, Philip Hagan, Ronald Gots

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0471292281

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Product Description

A complete prevention and planning guide for professionals concerned with building-related illnessThe dramatic increase in claims of illness related to building conditions has created an urgent need for information and advice on all aspects of this complicated topic. Keeping Buildings Healthy tells professionals what they must know in order to identify, evaluate, and resolve the complex issues presented by building-related illness effectively. Suitable for both manufacturing and clerical environments, it offers legal, medical, behavioral, industrial hygiene, and engineering expertise found in no other single publication.

Supplemented with case studies, plus extensive reference materials on indoor environmental health standards, organizations, publications, and an indoor environmental quality evaluation checklist, this practical resource will be valued by anyone with a stake in the good health and safety of the indoor environment.

Coverage includes:
* A review of common indoor environmental quality problems, such as HVAC systems, noise, lighting, and water
* Health complaint investigations, from triage and diagnosis to choosing consultants and handling the media
* Practical and legal concerns related to government inspections
* Indoor health litigation, legal options of different parties, liability risks, insurance implications, and more

From the Publisher

Each year, thousands of people experiencing flu-like symptoms due to poor air quality and ventilation in the workplace. Other indoor environment dangers that can affect the health of workers range from exposed asbestos insulation to subtle psychological dangers such as limited sunlight. This work is designed to help readers resolve existing indoor air problems and prevent air quality issues from occurring in the future. Suitable for both manufacturing and clerical environments, this book offers legal, medical, industrial hygiene, and engineering expertise found in no other single publication.

The Natural House Book: Creating a Healthy, Harmonious, and Ecologically-Sound Home Environment

Cover, The Natural House Book : Creating a Healthy, Harmonious,  and Ecologically-Sound Home Environment Author(s): David Pearson, Malcolm Wells

Publisher: Fireside

ISBN: 0671666355

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The Natural House Book: Creating a Healthy, Harmonious, and Ecologically-Sound Home Environment

Paperback, 287 pages
Publication date: October 1989

Here is the first guide to redecorating any house or apartment to create a sanctuary that enhances physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. 105 four-color photographs. 10 four-color charts. 80 one-color illustrations.

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Numerous illustrations and informative text give decorating and designing guidance. A thorough, useful work at a low price. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Homing Instinct: Using Your Lifestyle to Design & Build Your Home

Homing Instinct: Using Your Lifestyle to Design & Build Your Home


Homing Instinct: Using Your Lifestyle to Design & Build Your HomeAuthor(s): John Connell

Paperback: 448 pages

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 1 edition (December 31, 1998)

ISBN: 0070123462

ISBN-13: 978-0070123465

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Although it’s not a “how-to” book, Homing Instinct is filled with nuts-and-bolts details along with clever construction ideas. The book is really about the design and how to make the myriad choices that go into a home. At every step, Connell describes architectural fundamentals and effective building techniques to support your design decisions and resolve questions of cost, durability, design, intent and self-expression. You’ll see how things really work, from foundation and framing, to plumbing and electricity, to selecting the right materials and products. Concern for the environment is woven into every topic including passive solar energy, insulation, material selection, grey water treatment and much more. A robust appendix provides detailed design information, including a program questionnaire, heat loss calculations, span tables and foundation design. This richly detailed, forward-thinking book can help you create a house that perfectly expresses who you are–physically, emotionally and spiritually. 448 pages, 1998

Construction Manual: Concrete & Formwork

Author: T.W. Love

ISBN: 0910460035

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Construction Manual: Concrete & Formwork

This manual has good information on how to select and pour the right mix for the job, excavate for foundations, lay out the structure, design and build the forms, and finish and cure the concrete.

Shows how to build forms for piers and footings, foundation walls, steps, sidewalks, beams and girders, arched openings, and more. Includes reinforcing and placing rebar. 176 pages.