Thatching and Thatched Buildings

Thatching and Thatched Buildings

Thatching and Thatched BuildingsAuthor: Michael Billett

Publisher: Robert Hale & Company (May 1998)

Paperback: 224 pages

ISBN: 0709062257

ISBN-13: 978-0709062257

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This definitive book on thatching and thatched buildings in rural Britain costitutes an authoritative reference guide. It contains masses of practical information and advice for all those who live in thatched houses or who are contemplating buying one. In addition, it makes fascinating reading for everyone interested in this aspect of our rural heritage. Michael Billett guides the reader through the development of thatching through the ages, the materials used, and the various types of buildings covered by thatch which can still be seen today. He describes the skilful and artistic work required to produce the beauty and charm of a thatched roof, and considers the advantages and disadvantages. Also included is a chapter which gives advice on costs, including maintenance and insurance, and modern trends, such as the use of thatch for modern houses. As well as practical advice Thatching and Thatched Buildings also includes descriptions of over five hundred of the most attractive thatched villages, many of which appear as illustrations in the delightful book.

 

The Slate Roof Bible

The Slate Roof Bible

The Slate Roof BibleAuthor(s): Joseph Jenkins

Publisher: Chelsea Green Pub Co

Paperback: 296 pages

ISBN: 0964425807

ISBN-13: 978-0964425804

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The Slate Roof Bible gives a concise history of the slate industry on both sides of the Atlantic, and the types and colours of slates to be found. Although the author is American, he is descended from Welsh migrs who left with the collapse of the Welsh slate industry around the turn of the century, and this is reflected in the early chapters. The later chapters cover in some depth the design, installation, and maintenance of slate roofs. Also covered are tools, safe working practices, and important details on chimneys, flashings and gutters. This is well done, with clear illustrations and photos – an excellent example of how to produce a practical guide. The first book to be written on the subject of slate roofs since 1926. — The Permaculture Magazine Information Service [England]
The Slate Roof Bible is a fine book, filled with fascinating information about slate: its history, the industry, and the way to work with it properly.” “I’ve been working with slate for a long time; still, I learned from this book some valuable hints and techniques that I’ve been able to put into practice.” — Fine Homebuilding, July 1998

“Five years of meticulous research, thousands of miles traveled to slate quarries all over the world, particularly Wales, has produced The Slate Roof Bible – and a surprise. This book, potentially tedious reading, is instead a delight. Full of history, lore, and useful advice, Jenkins has written a fascinating book, spiced it with humor and warmed it with his own passion for the subject.” — Doylestown Intelligencer Record [Philadelphia]

“Jenkins tells his tale with pizazz and rollicking humor, offering anecdote after anecdote about what people do, and do not do, to their slate roofs.” — Boston Sunday Globe

From the Publisher

Jenkins Publishing is proud to announce that The Slate Roof Bible was presented with the prestigious National Roofing Contractors Association 2001 GOLD CIRCLE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE ROOFING INDUSTRY. One such award is given annually within the 4,700-member international trade association in the “SERVICE TO THE INDUSTRY” category.
Stonework: Techniques and Projects

Stonework: Techniques and Projects

Stonework: Techniques and ProjectsAuthor(s): Charles McRaven, Elizabeth McHale

Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (January 10, 1997)

Paperback: 192 pages

ISBN: 0882669761

ISBN-13: 978-0882669762

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No building material rivals stone for beauty, permanence and enduring popularity. If you’re lucky, stone can be found right on your building site. Builder Charles McRaven uses the benefit of his 50 years of stonework experience to inform, entertain and inspire. He helps even first time builders comprehend the intricacies of working with different stone types, choosing the most suitable stone and working with recycled stone. You’ll learn about handling, cutting and shaping. The book offers detailed descriptions for several projects including basic walls, retaining walls, entryways, arches, steps and bridges. In addition to the outdoor projects, there is a small section on using stone indoors for a veneer wall and a hearth. Clearly written and well illustrated, Stonework will help you discover the lasting satisfaction of working with stone.

The publisher, Storey Books , April 17, 1998

Complete, fully illustrated step-by-step instructions for 22 attractive projects including garden paths, and walls, porches, seats, waterfalls, and even a bridge. You’ll also learn how to use different types of stone, and cutting and shaping techniques. Two-color. Line drawings.

Customer Comments

J. Owens from Wilmington, Delaware, USA, January 19, 1998 Excellent primer for confident home-improvers
Compared to other how-to books in the category, McRaven makes the reader feel very capable of completing the projects without dumbing down the material. Let’s face it- stonework is somewhat intimidating. By adding some easy jobs like the stone birdbath-fountain, you can build confidence for bigger things. I’m ready for spring!!

The Stonebuilder's Primer: A Step-By-Step Guide for Owner-Builders

The Stonebuilder’s Primer: A Step-By-Step Guide for Owner-Builders

The Stonebuilder's Primer: A Step-By-Step Guide for Owner-BuildersAuthor(s): Charles Long

Publisher: Firefly Books; Revised and Expanded edition (October 1, 1998)

Paperback: 128 pages

ISBN: 1552092984

ISBN-13: 978-1552092989

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This step by step guide for owner-builders is a detailed account of building a simple stone home. Instead of using slipforms, Charles and Elizabeth Long developed a compromise method of stone construction that is both simpler and truer to the stonemason’s art. The result is an aesthetically satisfying stone home built on a limited budget with no previous construction experience. Long’s concept allows ample insulation, space for utilities and a way to support interior finishes. Hundred of photos and diagrams. In addition to a complete treatment of the basics (foundation, finding and laying stone, insulation, details, tools, etc.), Long presents sections on fireplaces, arches and special touches. This classic how-to book was recently republished. 126 pages, 1998

Straw Bale Building: How to plan, design and build with straw

Straw Bale Building: How to plan, design and build with straw

Straw Bale Building: How to plan, design and build with strawAuthor(s): Chris Magwood and Peter Mack

Publisher: New Society Publishers (July 1, 2000)

Paperback: 256 pages

ISBN: 0865714037

ISBN-13: 978-0865714038

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This book is an essential addition to your straw bale library. Unlike other books on the topic, this material addresses the unique issues of building in northern climates. Straw bale builders, Peter Mack and Chris Magwood provide all the nitty-gritty, how-to-build-it information. They know the many unique construction issues faced by bale builders, including developing plans and budgets, picking the perfect bales, the golden principles of bale stacking, roofing, plumbing, electrical, as well as dealing with building codes and inspectors.

Peter Mack and Chris Magwood are professional bale house builders. Together they have constructed fifteen straw bale houses and structures. They teach a popular, on-going straw bale building workshop in Ontario, Canada.

256 pages, 2000

Timber-Frame Home: Design, Construction, Finishing

Timber-Frame Home: Design, Construction, Finishing

Timber-Frame Home: Design, Construction, FinishingAuthor(s): Tedd Benson

Publisher: Taunton Press

Hardcover: 234 pages

ISBN: 1561581291

ISBN-13: 978-1561581290

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Publication date: May 1997

Author, teacher, and master craftsman Tedd Benson shows readers how to plan a timber-frame home to meet their own needs and concerns. Tedd Benson can be seen on the PBS series This Old House. 97 color photographs and 140 drawings. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Synopsis: Built for modern lifestyles, today’s timber-frame homes feature open spaces, durable craftsmanship, and an accent on comfort. This book provides a comprehensive reference to timber-frame house design, written by one of the nation’s foremost builders of this type of house. 145 color photos. 130 drawings.

Customer Comments

This is a wonderful book about timber frames. As an architect i can say this book is perfect from every aspect. Complete and understandable for every kind of readers. It gives a lot of important design and technical information in a form of an artistic photo album.

Timber Frame Construction: All About Post and Beam Building

Timber Frame Construction: All About Post-And-Beam Building

Timber Frame Construction: All About Post and Beam BuildingAuthor(s): Jack Sobon, Roger Schroeder

Publisher: Storey Books

Paperback: 208 pages

ISBN: 0882663658

ISBN-13: 978-0882663654

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“If you’ve ever dreamed about building with timbers, this book will convince you that this method is not only beautiful and practical, but often less expensive than “stick building.” Includes dozens of illustrations and photos.” – Countryside & Small Stock Journal

If you have only dreamed about the beauty of building with timbers, this book will open your eyes. It will convince you that this method is not only practical today for homes and other buildings, but often is less expensive than “stick building.”

Timber frame builder Jack Sobon and writer Roger Schroeder offer a book for builders as well as those wishing to have the work done for them. Here is practical how-to for both beginners and experienced carpenters who want to try this method. It offers:

The basics of timber framing.

How to design for strength and beauty.

How to combine modern tools and time-tested methods.

A starter project: How to build a 12 x 16 garden toolshed.

Dozens of illustrations and photos that make it all easy to understand.

Timber-Frame Houses (Fine Homebuilding's Great Houses Series)

Timber-Frame Houses (Fine Homebuilding’s Great Houses Series)

Timber-Frame Houses (Fine Homebuilding's Great Houses Series)Publisher: Taunton Press

Paperback: 160 pages

ISBN: 156158150X

ISBN-13: 978-1561581504

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Timber-Frame Houses (Fine Homebuilding’s Great Houses Series)

Paperback
Publication date: April 1996
Traditional methods and current innovations make timer-frame building more practical than ever. Top teachers and practitioners like Tedd Benson, Jack Sobon and George Nash describe remodels and reconstructions, houses modeled after old-world sytles, and inspiring new designs with open, modern floor plans. 207 color photos.

From Library Journal

A compilation of articles from the last ten years of Fine Homebuilding magazine, this attractive volume reflects the full-scale revival of the timber-framer’s craft as applied to house construction. It features master builders like Tedd Benson, Ed Levin, and George Nash and others who have successfully integrated modern approaches with traditional craft. More than half the 30 or so articles document the design and construction of specific houses, and the remainder survey the latest methods and materials. Included are such topics as milling timbers, cutting and forming various joints, hoisting impossibly heavy frame members, and working with stress-skin building panels and other product innovations. An important addition for any library serving designers, architects, or builders (professional and amateur alike).
– Bill Demo, Tompkins Cortland Community Coll., Dryden, N.Y.
Build a Classic Timber-Framed House: Planning & Design/Traditional Materials/Affordable Methods

Build a Classic Timber-Framed House: Planning & Design/Traditional Materials/Affordable Methods

Build a Classic Timber-Framed House: Planning & Design/Traditional Materials/Affordable MethodsAuthor(s): Jack A. Sobon

Publisher: Storey Books

Paperback: 208 pages

ISBN: 0882668412

ISBN-13: 978-0882668413

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The timber-framed home is attractive, affordable, and easily expanded to meet the needs of a growing family. With the step-by-step instructions in this book you can build your own classic timber-framed house — one that’s enduring, and features a level of craftsmanship rare in modern construction. Following the traditional “hall-and-parlor” home design, architect and builder Jack Sobon carefully and clearly explains finding the ideal building site; creating the master plan; selecting the best tree species; hewing and milling timbers; assembling the frame; installing wall sheathing, windows, and doors; designing and finishing the interior; expanding on the plan.

One of the best-known and most distinctive figures in the timber-framing revival, Jack Sobon knows how to make home building affordable with economical hand tools, by taking control of the processing of building materials, and through using local inexpensive supplies.

The basic house design of this book is easily adapted to meet different needs. Sobon’s practical advice incorporates the latest knowledge on building a healthy house, integrating natural systems, and finding effective home heating solutions.

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Sobon outlines a unique craft that is part conventional furniture building, part home construction. In timber frame construction, there’s a minimum of metal fasteners (nails, nuts, bolts, etc.), and wood is joined by many of the basic joints (for example, the mortise and tenon, the dovetail) traditionally used in making furniture. Knowing that one’s home is put together by a variety of pins, slots, and notches may not be reassuring to most, but be assured that timber framing is an old technique that produces very solid structures. It does, however, require quite a lot of timber, since main beams, for instance, can be as much as eight-inches square; the various cuts must be made to rather close tolerances; and the way the timbers are harvested and sawn will have great effect on how they (and the building) respond when exposed to moisture and cold. Although the book’s sample project and copious illustrations do enlighten the initiate, it’s possible to come away feeling that a month-long class on the subject might provide a better education. Still, this is an excellent how-to. Copyright© 1994, American Library Association. All rights reserved –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

The publisher, Storey Books , 04/17/98:
Using actual plans, the book shows how to build a classic hall-and-parlor home. Includes photos and line drawings.

Building the Timber Frame House: The Revival of a Forgotten Craft

Building the Timber Frame House: The Revival of a Forgotten Craft

Building the Timber Frame House: The Revival of a Forgotten CraftAuthor(s): Tedd Benson, James Gruber, Jamie Page

Publisher: Touchstone (September 1, 1981)

Paperback: 211 pages

ISBN: 0684172860

ISBN-13: 978-0684172866

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For centuries, post-and-beam construction has proved to be one of the most durable building techniques. It is being enthusiastically revived today not only for its sturdiness but because it can be easily insulated, it is attractive, and it offers the builder the unique satisfaction of working with timbers. Building the Timber Frame House is the most comprehensive manual available on the technique. In it you will find a short history, of timber framing and a fully illustrated discussion of the different kinds of joinery, assembly of timbers, and raising of the frame. There are also detailed sections on present-day design and materials, house plans, site development, foundation laying, insulation, tools, and methods.