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Living Homes: Integrated Design & Construction

3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  18 ratings  ·  5 reviews
The house of your dreams does not have to be expensive. 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 slipform stone masonary, tilt-up stone walls, log home construction, building with s ...more
Paperback, 233 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by HOPS Press (first published 2001)
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Mo Tipton
Elpel and his wife built their own home with supposedly very little building experience and even less money, and it certainly was inspiring to see what they were able to accomplish on limited resources. It was also helpful to see how someone integrated different components of "alternative" building, such as solar water heaters, radiant heat flooring, greywater systems, etc., but at my level of experience, most of the topics were covered in such a cursory manner that I'd certainly have to look el ...more
Mar 15, 2009 Abram rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Persons interested in natural living
Recommended to Abram by: CW
On recommendation from a like minded friend I read both of these topically related books, Living homes and direct pointing to wealth. I was somewhat disappointed in the fact that the book offers some good ideas but fails to be applicable to many contemporary situations. The author leans heavily toward socialist inclination and seems steeped in ideals with some lack of practicality. I had also expected a more through discussion of materials and techniques than was presented.
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Dec 06, 2008 Elisabeth M marked it as wish-list
I found this title while researching masonry fireplaces. The book tells you how to build your own for the cheapest possible price, plus it gives a lot of advice on other aspects of building an energy-efficient home, all on a budget. Very exciting.
The guy has a few chapters at the beginning where his ideals get the better of his credibility, but the rest was a lot of good information. Also, his writing style is pretty fair for this sort of conversational/informational book.
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