Living Homes: Stone Masonry, Log and Strawbale Construction

Living Homes: Stone Masonry, Log and Strawbale Construction


By (author) Thomas J. Elpel

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  • Publisher: HOPS Press
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 214mm x 276mm x 20mm | 939g
  • Publication date: 24 November 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Pony, MT
  • ISBN 10: 1892784327
  • ISBN 13: 9781892784322
  • Edition: 6
  • Edition statement: 6th ed.
  • Illustrations note: Colour Photos and Illustrations Throughout
  • Sales rank: 148,619

Product description

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 takes you through the planning process to design an energy and resource efficient home that won't break the bank.

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Author information

Thomas J. Elpel started his building career from a tent in 1989. 21 years old and newly married, Tom and Renee Elpel bought land, moved into a tent, and started building their passive solar stone and log dream home, although they had little construction experience and even less money. Elpel has continued to refine his ideas on low-cost, high-efficiency constructions ever since, designing and building, or participating in the construction of several additional stone, log and straw bale buildings. Tom was inspired to write Living Homes in part to show that it is still possible to live the American Dream - to own a great home without a mortgage. Tom is continuing to hone his building skills, with the goal of developing ways to mass-produce and market low-cost, high-efficiency homes. When he is not building, writing or trying to change the world, he spends much of his free time hiking and camping in the wilderness.

Review quote

"This isn't mere theory but is firmly grounded in Elpel's hands-on experience creating durable, energy-efficient buildings on a shoestring."--Fine Homebuilding (Review of the 4th Edition)