Living Homes: Integrated Design & Construction

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HOPS Press, Jan 1, 2005 - Architecture - 233 pages
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The house of your dreams does not have to be expensive. Living Homes takes you through the planning process to design an energy- and resource-efficient home that won't break the bank. Then, from the footings on up to the roof, author Thomas J. Elpel guides you through the nuts and bolts of slipform stone masonary, tilt-up stone walls, log home construction, building with straw bales, terra tile floors, concrete countertops, windows and doors, solar water systems, masonry heaters, framing, plumbing, greywater, septic systems, swamp filters, painting, and much more.
  

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User Review  - Elisabeth M - Goodreads

I found this title while researching masonry fireplaces. The book tells you how to build your own for the cheapest possible price, plus it gives a lot of advice on other aspects of building an energy-efficient home, all on a budget. Very exciting. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Planning a Thousand Years into the Future
19
A Blueprint Is the Sum of the Criteria
35
How to Capture Store and Release Heat
51
For Backup Heat and Hot Water
65
Water Supply and Management
83
The Nuts and Bolts of Home Building
101
A Stone Masonry Primer
119
A New Lift to the Ancient Art of Stonework
133
Its Fast Inexpensive and Energy Efficient
153
Putting a Plug in the Thermos
169
HandMade Tile Floors from Sand Cement Dirt and Dye
185
A Nice Kitchen Doesnt have to Be Expensive
199
Wiring the Alternative Home
215
Conclusion
229
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About the author (2005)

Thomas J. Elpel had the rare opportunity as a child to spend hundreds of hours with his grandmother. Together they explored the hills and meadows near Virginia City, Montana, collecting herbs, looking for arrowheads, and watching wildlife. Tom has shared this passion for the natural world by writing books, teaching wilderness survival skill, and found Green University LLC.

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