Living Homes Stone Masonry, Log, and Strawbale Construction Building Your High-Efficiency Dream Home on a Shoestring Budget By Thomas J. Elpel 6th Edition, 2010
The house of your Dreams does not have to be expensive. The key is all in the planning. How much a house costs, how it looks, how comfortable it is, how energy-efficient it is--all these things occur on paper before you pick up even one tool. A little extra time in the planning process can save you tens of thousands of dollars in construction and maintenance. That is time well spent!
Living Homes was completely re-organized and revised for the new sixth edition, based on five additional years of building experience with low-cost, high efficiency construction methods. Get the latest ideas on how to build a high-performance house that will stand the test of time! The sixth edition includes fifteen pages of new material covering the latest stone masonry tips, plus revised and expanded tips and techniques throughout the book. Living Homes is 245 pages, including an incredible 300+ drawings and grayscale photos. 6th Edition. 2010. Everything but the cover is printed with soy ink on 100% post-consumer recycled paper, bleached without chlorine.
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I'd like to thank you, Thomas, for your excellent books. They have been informative, thought provoking and inspiring, and more so every time I read them! I have found Living Homes to be especially useful just lately as I am starting to wonder if maybe I should start thinking about settling down and planting some roots.
You and I seem to have in common a deep love for the land we hail from. I myself live in the southern foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York, as has my kin for four generations before me. A beautiful, rugged place. I've seen much of the rest of our country, and some of the rest of the world, but I don't think I could thrive anywhere else! Your book will be a crucial resource in building the simple, well-ordered Adirondack home I have in mind. Thank you, for that and everything you do and stand for!
I just want to thank you for creating such wonderful and useful books. I was given your book Living Homes while I was building my house, and I subsequently read Participating in Nature. I'm certain that you must receive constant compliments on your work. As a filmmaker, I know that it never stops feeling good to have people appreciate your work. So I just wanted to let you know, you're work is very much appreciated!!
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