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.

The New Strawbale Home

The New Strawbale Home

The New Strawbale HomeAuthor(s): Catherine Wanek

Publisher: Gibbs Smith Publishers

ISBN: 1-58685-203-5

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Although strawbale construction is beginning to enter the mainstream, many people continue to wonder what a strawbale house looks like. The New Strawbale Home answers definitively, “Anything you want!” Innovative architects and builders are reinventing this century-old technology to create thick walled modern houses of unsurpassed natural beauty.

The New Strawbale Home compiles floor plans and images from forty cutting-edge homes across North America, from California to Quebec, New Mexico to New England, showcasing a spectrum of regional styles and personal aesthetic choices. This practical guide discusses varying climate considerations and essential design details for problem-free construction and low maintenace care, and also points out the ecologically friendly, energy-saving aspects of strawbale construction. The New Strawbale Home beautifully illustrates how building with strawbale allows for maximum personal creativity–whether the finished product is an urban home, a country hideaway, or anything in between.

Author and photographer Catherine Wanek organized the building of a strawbale greenhouse in 1992 and has been an advocate for strawbale construction ever since. She produced and directed the Building with Straw video series, and spent nearly five years publishing and editing The Last Straw Journal. Her first book, The Art of Natural Building was published in 2002. Wanek lives in Kingston, New Mexico.

Hardcover, 150 Color Photographs
8.5 x 10.75 in, 176 pages

Small Houses for the Next Century

Small Houses for the Next Century

Small Houses for the Next Century

Author(s): Duo Dickinson

Publisher: McGraw-Hill

ISBN: 0070168288

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Small Houses for the Next Century

Hardcover
2nd edition
January 1995

House sizes will shrink in the next century. Tight zoning restrictions, lack of available land, and cost constraints are just some of the factors affecting the trend to downsizing. Now, following in the success of The Small House, this vividly illustrated editon provides a road map to small house design in the twenty-first century.

Building With Junk and Other Good Stuff : A Guide to Home Building and Remodeling Using Recycled Materials

Building With Junk and Other Good Stuff : A Guide to Home Building and Remodeling Using Recycled MaterialsAuthor(s): Jim Broadstreet

Publisher: Loompanics Unlimited

ISBN: 1559500360

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Building With Junk and Other Good Stuff : A Guide to Home Building and Remodeling Using Recycled Materials Hardcover October 1990 159pp illustrated The publisher, www.loompanics.com , December 19, 1996 …for home handypersons and prospective builders looking for inspiration. -Booklist- A master scrounger’s guide to the millions of dollars of building supplies thrown away every day. -Real Goods- A complete guide to building and remodeling using recycled materials. Millions of dollars worth of building materials are thrown away every day. This book shows how to find, store and use this good stuff. Cover floors, ceilings, walls, foundation, roofs, plumbing, wiring, utilities, windows, doors, cabinetry, trim, insulation, appliances, furniture-even solar power!

Be Your Own Home Renovation Contractor

Cover, Be Your Own Home Renovation ContractorAuthor(s): Carl Heldman

ISBN: 1580170242
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Be Your Own Home Renovation Contractor: Save 30% without Lifting a Hammer (revised and updated) by Carl Heldman.

This book explains finding and appraising a restorable structure, obtaining financing, and hiring subcontractors. Includes sample contracts, bids, inspection reports, insurance forms, and blueprints. 6×9, 176 pages, paperback.

Amazon.com review:
One of the surest ways to save a bundle of money on any serious home renovation is to be your own contractor. However, if an individual embarks on this effort not armed with all the facts and formalities, it can also be the proverbial primrose path to financial hell. Becoming your own contractor is neither as simple as it might seem, nor as potentially intimidating as worst-case scenarios might leave one to believe, if you have the facts and information you need before you begin.

Heldman, the author of Be Your Own House Contractor, one of the classics in the field, lays out how to evaluate your structure, estimate costs, negotiate loans as needed, and hire subcontractors; he also gives a thorough look at the forms and legalities involved in taking on this task. Done knowledgeably, with this book as a guide, a homeowner can save many thousands of dollars on renovation costs.

Heldmann provides savvy advice on whether certain kinds of projects are advisable under certain circumstances, whether renovations are financially practical for increased value, and approaches the subject with full knowledge of the kinds of disruption and confusion home renovating projects can cause in peoples’ lives. This book will likely become yet another Heldmann classic for do-it-yourself home renovators in years to come. –Mark A. Hetts

 

The Owner Built Home

Cover, The Owner Built Home  - Original 1972 Edition

Author(s): Ken Kern

ISBN: 0686312201

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The Owner Built Home

10 Chapters: Building site, Planting Design, Climatology, Summer Cooling, Ventilation, Light & Shade, Central heating, Heating, Fireplac, Heat Circulatiing Fireplace,

Covers How to on: Adobe block, Pressed block (cinva ram) Rammed Earth, Stone Masonry, Masonry Block and brick, Concrete, Precast concrete panels,(tilt up concrete walls) Stone slipformss, Wood, Wood frame, Pole frame, Composite materials (early papercrete ideas), Plastics (shell & foam houses. Salvage materials(includes “zome “car tops design), Tools, Foundations, Floors, Walls, Wood floors, Masonry roofs, Stairs, Plumbing, Wiring and lighting, Light and color, DIY painting, Conclusion,110 pages, index, B&W photos and diagrams. Original book (used several in stock now.

This is the book that made Ken Kern famous! 6″x8” size, softcover. All in good or fair shape, some with underlining, marking, or scuffing as is expected from a heavily used “primer” on owner building!

Appropriate Building Materials

Cover, Appropriate Building Materials

Authors: Roland Stulz, Kiran Mukerji

ISBN: 1853392251

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Appropriate Building Materials

The grandaddy of information on building techniques and materials. Imported from the UK this big book covers EVERYTHING about natural building, with photos, hundreds of sketches, uses in practice, unusual treatments, very low cost methods used in countries with few resources and much more useful information. Great to keep as a basic reference and idea book.

433 pages, 6×9, paperback

Homesteading Adventures : A Guide for Doers & Dreamers

Cover, Homesteading Adventures : A Guide for Doers & Dreamers Author(s): Susan J. Robishaw, Stephen K. Schmeck (Illustrator), Sue Robishaw, Steve Schmeck

Publisher: ManyTracks

ISBN: 0965203611

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Homesteading Adventures : A Guide for Doers & Dreamers

Paperback, 303 pages
Publication date: November 1997

How-To Editor’s Recommended Book, 02/01/98:
Sue Robishaw takes an unusual approach in her examination of of homesteading. She converses with two imaginary characters, J. J. and CindyLou, to tell the story of Robishaw’s and her husband’s move to rural Northern Michigan nearly two decades ago. The three commiserate about the Robishaws’ trials, learning experiences, and misconceptions. With the help of J. J. and CindyLou, Robishaw simply, often hilariously, tells her story and offers no one-size-fits-all approach to homesteading. She also describes, in great detail, gardening tips, how to construct a solar oven, recipes, ways to become more self-sufficient by growing your own food, how to build a simple structure such as a home or outbuilding, and how to deal with critters. While filled with practical how-to information, the real joy of Homesteading Adventures is the story of the Robishaws life and experiences, told with gentle humor and affection, and mercifully free of self-righteousness. It’s a real treat to read.

Greg Prange, Northern Lights, Dec. 1997:
Her book is the perfect gift to inspire someone to take the first step to the Goodlife . . . She is truly a kindred spirit with the earth.

Bountiful Gardens, Dec. 1997:
This book is fun to read yet has a lot of good information; it would be a good one to read out loud to the family.

Michael Emerson, Independent Publisher, Mar/Apr 1998:
A practical and entertaining look at self-sufficient living. More than a how-to manual, Robishaw offers an enjoyable and insightful introduction to homestead living and philosophy Homesteading Adventures to be an inspiring and useful book for improving the quality of their lives.

Countryside magazine, Jan/Feb 1998:
Seed Saving, the outhouse, making maple syrup and the greenhouse, it’s all here, making this one of the most comprehensive manuals on homesteading we have seen. And yet . . . it’s much more readable and interesting than a manual . . . Anyone interested in homesteading is sure to enjoy, and benefit from, this very readable book.

From Independent Publisher:
Based on two decades of homesteading in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Sue Robishaw’s Homesteading Adventures is a practical and entertaining look at self-sufficient living. More than a how-to manual, Robishaw offers an enjoyable and insightful introduction to homestead living and philosophy through her amusing conversations with two fictional neophyte homesteaders, J.J. and CindyLou. With 20 extensive chapters, Homesteading Adventures covers a wide range of topics, including building a home, solar cooking, outdoor and greenhouse gardening, cooking, wine-making, solar electricity, windmilling and making maple syrup. Robishaw provides a wealth of practical information, photographs, drawings, and references to other homesteading books and resources which she and her husband, Steve Schmeck, have used over the years. As the subtitle promises, this is a book for those who have experimented with a homesteading lifestyle, as well as anyone who has dreamed of growing their own food, using solar power, or connecting to the seasonal rhythms of the earth. Whether rural or suburban, young or old, readers will find Homesteading Adventures to be an inspiring and useful book for improving the quality of their lives.

The Production of Houses (Center for Environmental Structure Series)

The Production of HousesThe Production of Houses

Author(s): Christopher Alexander, Julio. Martinez, Howard Davis

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0195032233

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As an innovative thinker about building and planning, Christopher Alexander has attracted a devoted following. His seminal books–The Timeless Way of Building, A Pattern Language, the Oregon Experiment, and The Linz Cafe–defined a radical and fundamently new process of environmental design. Alexander now gives us the latest book in his series–a book that puts his theories to the test and shows what sort of production system can create the kind of environment he has envisioned.
The Production of Houses centers around a group of buildings which Alexander and his associates built in 1976 in northern Mexico. Each house is different and the book explains how each family helped to lay out and construct its own home according to the family’s own needs and in the framework of the pattern language. Numerous diagrams and tables as well as a variety of anecdotes make the day-today process clear.
The Mexican project, however, is only the starting point for a comprehensive theory of housing production. The Production of Houses describes seven principles which apply to any system of production in any part of the world for housing of any cost in any climate or culture or at any density.
In the last part of the book, “The Shift of Paradigm,” Alexander describes, in detail, the devastating nature of the revolution in world view which is contained in his proposal for housing construction, and its overall implications for deep-seated cultural change.

About the Author

Christopher Alexander, winner of the first medal for research ever awarded by the American Institute of Architects, is a practicing architect and contractor, Professor of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, and Director of the Center for Environmental Structure. He also wrote Notes on the Synthesis of Form.

 

Hardcover
Publication date: May 1984