Adobe: Build it Yourself

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University of Arizona Press, 1985 - House & Home - 158 pages
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This book explores the depths of adobe and enables the reader to build their own home intelligently and realistically. With an emphasis on adobe construction, McHenry discusses the planning of every aspect of one's home from the financing to the foundation, the floors to the fireplaces. The prospective builder must be prepared for a long period of frustration, doubt, worry, and plain hard work, but the helpful ideas found on the pages of this book will encourage readers to build despite the challenges. McHenry describes this process as a tremendous puzzle, for which one must create and arrange all the pieces, and then live with the result.

McHenry begins with a brief history of adobe and then moves on to the planning of the home, emphasizing the influence of individual ideas. The intention of this book is to help bridge the gap between architects, builders, craftsmen, and the unskilled but determined individual who wants to build their own home. This book outlines the technical aspects of adobe construction with several pictures and figures to simplify production.

The creation of a home, from the earliest design concepts to successful completion, is one of the most rewarding experiences one can ever have. McHenry's Adobe offers a realistic and straightforward guide to "doing it yourself." His advice regarding adobe is useful for professionals and amateurs alike.
 

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Contents

Planning Your Home
6
Space and Room Considerations
24
CONTENTS
27
4 Financing Permits and Insurance
31
Plans Setting Grades and Staking
37
Doors and Frames Hardware
68
Roof Beams Decking and Insulation
77
Floors
84
Plumbing
92
Heating and Cooling
100
The Electrical System
106
Roofing
111
Cabinets and Countertops
123
Landscaping and Yard Planning
139
Restoring Old Adobes
146
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