Housing ourselves: creating affordable, sustainable shelter
Rediscover the secrets of affordable housing that modern builders have all but forgotten in this book that advocates—and shows you how to achieve—sustainable, environmentally sensitive, self-built housing that can be constructed at a fraction of today's housing costs! Architect and planner Richard Burnham offers professional builders and would-be homeowners alike practical guidance on utilizing local materials; building in harmony with the natural landscape; conserving precious resources; starting on a small, affordable scale and adding incrementally as finances permit; and much more.
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