Housing Reclaimed: Sustainable Homes for Next to Nothing

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New Society Publishers, Oct 4, 2011 - Architecture - 208 pages
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Housing is a fundamental human right. For most of human history, our homes were built by hand from whatever local materials were available. However, since the Industrial Revolution, most housing has become little more than quickly constructed, mass-produced, uniform boxes. At the same time, the invention and standardization of the thirty-year mortgage and our ever-increasing reliance on credit has come to mean that most of us never own our homes outright.


Housing Reclaimed is a call to arms for nonconventional home builders. 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. Focusing on the use of salvaged and reclaimed materials, this inspirational volume is packed with case studies of innovative projects including:


*Phoenix Commotion—working together towards low-income home ownership through sweat equity and 100 percent recycled materials
*HabeRae—revitalizing neighborhoods by creating urban infill using modern technology and sustainable and reclaimed materials
*Builders of Hope—rescuing and rehabilitating whole houses slated for demolition

These projects and others like them demonstrate that building one's own home does not have to be an unattainable dream. This beautifully illustrated guide is a must-read for anyone interested in creating quality zero- or low-debt housing, reducing landfill waste, and creating stronger communities.


Jessica Kellner is the editor of Natural Home and Garden magazine and a passionate advocate of using architectural salvage to create aesthetically beautiful, low-cost housing.


 

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Contents

Handbuilt Homes
1
All in the Family
3
A Brief History of Housing Finance
23
Nodebt Newlywed Dream Home
31
The Economics of Reclaimed Houses
49
The Art of a Home
63
Building Basics
83
Institutionalizing Reuse
91
Building Hope
119
Filling in Urban Centers
137
Reclaiming the Inner City
141
Salvaging Smart Cities
155
Conclusion
163
Notes
165
Resources
169
Index
187

A Tall Order in Texas
93
Making Deconstruction the Standard Model
113
About the Author
193
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Jessica Kellner: is Editor-in-Chief of Natural Home magazine (www.NaturalHomeMagazine.com) and a passionate advocate of using architectural salvage to create high-impact, low-cost, health-conscious housing. She writes and speaks about practical, easy and inexpensive solutions for healthier and more environmentally sound homes and lifestyles, with an emphasis on the values of recycling and using reclaimed materials. Inspired by common sense ways to achieve the good life, Jessica loves living and working in the overlap between modern technology and ancient wisdom.

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