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Natural Remodeling for the Not-So-Green House: Bringing Your Home into Harmony with Nature

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  39 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
To have a home that’s more in touch with the earth, you don’t have to start from the ground up! It’s possible—and more environmentally friendly—to go green by renovating an existing home. With the help of Carol Venolia, an award-winning architect and bestselling author, and Kelly Lerner, a world-famous innovator in the field of sustainable development, even the least mecha ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published June 28th 2006 by Lark Books
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Sep 23, 2012 Susannah rated it really liked it
Great book with some excellent ideas that are transportable across house styles and geographic areas, but I wish it had more real life examples from places other than California, with homes other than midwest-modern styles. There were only two homes out of dozens that I could directly relate to, and only one was a pre-20th century home. Still, the general information is well-written, concise, and applicable to many types of homes. Excellent information about microclimates and making your home mo ...more
Although we're building a new home rather than remodeling, we still found this book to be the most practical, useful, and attractive book in our entire "home building" collection. Containing lots of photos and detailed descriptions, it provides practical suggestions for promoting a "green" home. Unlike many "green books" we've read, this one placed as much emphasis on developing a harmony with nature as it did energy efficiency. Filled with diagrams, lists, surveys, checklists, and options, it w ...more
Sep 21, 2008 Steve rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People looking to remodel
I enjoyed this refreshing look at remodeling. Especially helpful are the chapters on natural use of wind, sun, and water. Focus on sustainability, durability, and integration with lifestyle are key points in natural remodeling. At times the 'harmony with nature' discussions went a little far, and some of the 'natural' examples are way more than I would embrace. Overall a good look at remodeling. I will use the ideas in this book when looking at remodeling my home.
Dec 14, 2009 Ali rated it really liked it
A really good overview of total concepts, more of a broad planning guide than detailed instructions, although that's not to say its not useful. I thought this was a great book for coming up with a really good overall plan taking into account your climate, weather, how your house is situated, and so on, and its presented well, not boring at all. Someday when I can afford any remodeling, I'll definitely pick this book up again first thing!
Ann Kucera
Jan 05, 2013 Ann Kucera rated it it was amazing
Shelves: feng-shui
If you are building or remodeling your home or office, this book will be an excellent resource. A home designed with feng shui will support the health of those who live/work there. This is a comprehensive reference that discusses floor plans, colors, and materials in depth for both inside and outside your home. Most of the concepts can be applied to re-designing an office too.
Mike Thomas
Sep 13, 2010 Mike Thomas rated it it was amazing
You want ideas on how to "green" up your house? This is a great resource.
Carla bruni
Nov 11, 2007 Carla bruni rated it it was amazing
If I could marry this book, I would. I'd even be the one to wear the dress.
Jul 16, 2009 Alicia rated it it was amazing
I am trying to learn about natural remodeling
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