• A SIMPLE ROUNDHOUSE MANUAL

    In A Simple Roundhouse Manual, author Tony Wrench gives readers a thorough 'How To' manual for building a roundhouse. Covering everything you need to know from beginning to end including: Site, Design and Planning, Drainage and Stem Wall, the Henge, the Reciprocal Frame roof, Walls, and Roof covering. From the words, diagrams and over one hundred color photographs found in this book, you’ll be able to design and build your own simple roundhouse. If you’re thinking of building your own, and are looking for tips on doing it simply, cheaply, and quickly, this manual should definitely be a part of your toolkit.

    Item: 10301
  • BEST OF MOTHER EARTH NEWS: NATURAL BUILDING METHODS E-BOOK

    If you want to build an environmentally friendly house, garage or barn from natural materials, this is the e-book for you. Explore the pros and cons of building with straw, logs, cordwood, earth and local lumber. Learn how to manage local building codes and inspections. And find out how you can design any home to take advantage of solar heat and natural cooling.

    Plus, we've included extra articles on green roofing options, used building materials and choosing the perfect plaster.

    Note: This is an e-book. Retrieving the e-book requires you to have an account. When checking out in the shopping cart please log in or register. Do not check out as a guest. Once you have placed your order click on “My Account” in the top right of the page, then click on “Downloads”. You should see your e-book on the following screen. Click to open it and save to your computer. If you need further assistance please contact customer service or call 1-800-234-3368.

     

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  • BUDDHA HOUSE

    A picture-book of the Buddha House, by famed craftsman and natural builder Sun Ray Kelley. This house, built in Washington State, features sculpted walls of stucco, stone and cedar shakes, round timberframe construction, a living roof, and Sun Ray's signature curved ridgebeams and railings made from whole trees--roots and all. A collection of 60 color photographs of this one-of-a-kind house with sayings from the world's great thinkers that help explain SunRay's philosophy of natural building. This book is the first in a series documenting the work of SunRay Kelley and his School of Natural Living.

    Item: 6728
  • BUILDING A CHINESE GREENHOUSE

    Building a Chinese Greenhouseis a photo documentary of the construction of author Dan Chiras's greenhouse that illustrates the entire process, discussed dos and don’ts and offers a great deal of practical advice for those interested in growing warm-weather vegetables throughout the winter months using only solar energy.

    Item: 10285
  • EARTHEN FLOORS

    For most of human history, people have lived in durable, comfortable buildings made from natural materials such as soil, sand, rocks and fiber. All over the globe, these ancient traditions persist; a quarter to a third of the world's population today lives in houses built partially or entirely of earth. Conventional Western building techniques using industrial materials may save time and create efficiencies, but these perceived savings come at considerable financial and environmental cost.

    As well as boasting a unique and beautiful aesthetic, natural building techniques are accessible, affordable and nontoxic. Earthen Floors: A Modern Approach to an Ancient Practice is the first comprehensive, fully illustrated manual covering the history, use and maintenance of this attractive, practical flooring option. This detailed, fully illustrated guide explains every part of the process, including:

    • Sourcing and harvesting materials
    • Preparing the subfloor
    • Pouring, finishing and sealing the floor
    • Living with and maintaining your earthen floor

    Because information on creating quality earthen floors was not previously widely available, there have been some negative experiences. Drawing on the combined knowledge of the most qualified earthen floor practitioners, as well their own substantial experience, the authors deliver the definitive resource for this exciting technique, perfect for everyone from the novice to veteran builder.

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  • ESSENTIAL CORDWOOD BUILDING

    Distilling decades of experience and best practices, Essential Cordwood Building is the first fully illustrated, step-by-step guide to cordwood building. Ideal for the DIYer and professional designer and builder alike.

    Item: 10397
  • ESSENTIAL EARTHBAG CONSTRUCTION

    Earthbag construction (building with polypropylene bags that are usually filled with earthen materials) is a versatile, easy-to-master, low-impact, and highly durable form of building, suitable for structures from houses to root cellars.

    Item: 9053
  • ESSENTIAL LIGHT STRAW CLAY CONSTRUCTION

    Distilling decades of experience, Essential Light Straw Clay Construction is the most complete book in English on the broad range of light straw clay techniques in use today. Fully illustrated, it provides step-by-step guidance for both the DIYer and professional designer and builder alike. It covers: • Material specifications, performance, and when and where to use it • Estimating quantities, costs, and sourcing • Illustrated, step-by-step guidance for mixing and installation, including "slip-chip" variations • Detail drawings for various wall systems including stud, timber, and pole framing, Larsen trusses, I-joists, plus retrofits • Code references, compliance, and best practice • Finishing and maintenance techniques • Additional resources.

    Item: 8375
  • ESSENTIAL NATURAL PLASTERS

    Natural plasters made of clay, lime, and other materials mixed with sand are beautiful building finishes. Fun to work with, low-impact, and allowing infinite creativity, they are high performance and provide proven, centuries-long durability.

    Yet until now there's been no resource that has pulled together the best North American plaster recipes and how-to into one place. Essential Natural Plasters covers everything you need to know!

    Item: 10280
  • ESSENTIAL PREFAB STRAW BALE CONSTRUCTION

    Prefabricated straw bale wall panels combine the performance and low environmental impact of traditional straw bale with reduced labor and more consistent results. Going well beyond the scope of many natural building books, this indispensable manual includes a complete introduction to the use of prefabricated bale walls, packed with all the information you need to determine whether they are the right choice for your project.Written by the world's leading sustainable builders, designers, and engineers, these succinct, user-friendly handbooks are indispensable tools for any project where accurate and reliable information are key to success.

    Item: 8001
  • ESSENTIAL RAMMED EARTH CONSTRUCTION

    Essential Rammed Earth Construction covers design, building science, tools, and step-by-step building methods for any climate, with a special emphasis on building in cold climates of the northern United States, Canada, and northern Europe. The book provides an overview of earthen building, and goes over topics that include the appropriate use of rammed earth walls, stabilized versus raw rammed earth, and design considerations. Inside, you’ll find construction drawings with step-by-step building instructions.

    Item: 9447
  • ESSENTIAL SUSTAINABLE HOME DESIGN

    Essential Sustainable Home Design walks potential homebuilders through the process starting with key concepts, principles, and a project vision that will guide the house to completion.

    Item: 10398
  • HOME WORK: HANDBUILT SHELTER

    Building on the enormous success of his original Shelter book, Lloyd Kahn continues his odyssey of finding and exploring the most magnificent and unusual handbuilt houses in existence. Among the intriguing domiciles described in Home Work are a Japanese-style stilt house accessible only by a cable across a river; a stone house in a South African valley whose roof serves as a baboon trampoline; and a bottle house in the Nevada desert.

    More than 1,500 photos illustrate various innovative architectural styles and natural building materials that have gained popularity in the last two decades, such as cob, papercrete, bamboo, adobe, strawbale, timber framing and earthbags. If you love fine, fun and/or funky buildings, you will want to own this splendid book.

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  • HOUSING RECLAIMED

    It examines how technological advances, design evolution and resourceful, out-of-the-box thinking about materials and efficiency can help us meet the challenge of building affordable, environmentally-friendly, beautiful and unique homes.

    Item: 5298
  • HOW TO BUILD A SMOKEHOUSE E-HANDBOOK

    In recent years dozens of commercial smokers have appeared on the market, most of them expensive, hard to clean, and none of them more efficient than a homemade smoker.

    This e-handbook teaches you how to make a simple smoke box or barrel or a strong, tight smokehouse that will endure for decades. It also discusses the three basic ways of curing and/or smoking meats, fish, and poultry, hot smoking, cold smoking, and curing and smoking.

    Why not build your own smokehouse or pit and start enjoying the savory, succulent taste of smoked meats? 36 pages.

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    Item: 3410
  • HOW TO BUILD AN UNDERGROUND HOUSE

    You can build an underground home or earth sheltered house with this guide and plans from underground building authority Malcom Wells.

    Item: 632
  • HOW TO BUILD BAT HOUSES E-HANDBOOK

    Why, you may be asking yourself, would anyone want to build a bat house? Bats rid the world of billions of insect pests every night, and they act as pollinators and seed dispersers for many different plants. An excellent way to make neighborhoods attractive to bats is to provide artificial habitats to augment the decreasing natural ones.

    This e-handbook helps you understand these winged creatures, their habitat and how you can help. Chapters include:

    • The Benefits of Bats
    • Bats and Human Health
    • Attracting Bats
    • Bat-Proofing Your Home
    • Bat House Construction
    • Bat House Plans

    This important resource dispells the myths about bats and shows you how you can give back to these creatures that do so much for us. 36 pages.

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    Item: 3411
  • HOW TO BUILD DRY-STACKED STONE WALLS

    How to Build Dry-Stacked Stone Walls shows how to build a wall using the traditional method of dry stone masonry. Shaw-Rimmington then guides the reader through the building process. With dedication to the task and the author's experienced guidance, the only limit is imagination.

    Item: 8069
  • LEARN TO TIMBER FRAME

    Will Beemer takes you through the entire process from start to finish, beginning with timber sourcing and ending with a finished building. Using full-color photos, detailed drawings, and clear step-by-step instructions, Beemer shows you exactly how to build one small (12 by 16 foot) timber-frame structure that’s suitable for use as a cabin, workshop, or studio.

    Item: 7939
  • STRAW BALE BUILDING DETAILS

    Whether you're an architect, engineer, contractor, or owner-builder interested in making informed choices, Straw Bale Building Details is the indispensable guide to current practice in straw bale design and construction.

    Item: 9632

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