Living Homes: Stone Masonry, Log and Strawbale Construction

Living Homes: Stone Masonry, Log and Strawbale Construction

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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: 228,099

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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. Then, from the footings on up to the roof, author Thomas J. Elpel guides you through the nuts and bolts of construction for slipform stone masonry, tilt-up stone walls, log home construction, building with strawbales, making your own terra tile floors, windows and doors, solar water systems, masonry heaters, framing, plumbing, greywater, septic systems, swamp filters, concrete-fly ash countertops, painting and more. Living Homes was completely re-organized and revised for the new sixth edition, based on five additional years of building experience with low-cost, high efficiency construction methods. Get the latest ideas on how to build a high-performance house that will stand the test of time! The sixth edition includes fifteen pages of new material covering the latest stone masonry tips, plus revised and expanded tips and techniques throughout the book.

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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)