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Off the Grid by Dominic Bradbury
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it was amazing
bookshelves: architecture

Here’s a conversation starter for your coffee table. Retreats, cabins, studios and hiking shelters in 10 countries are profiled. Each was planned for the site considering sun, wind and view and when possible using materials at hand.

They use solar, propane, photovoltaic canisters and some have generators or back up generators or batteries. Water comes from lakes, streams, wells or rain. Some have water purification systems. Some have septic fields others compost toilets.

The cover is representative of the group: the sites are striking but not many of the exteriorss are good looking. Inside you see little clutter or personal items. While most of the places have a cozy feel and spectacular views, very few seem to have comfortable furniture.

Only 3 are used as year round residences, although many others could be. Sites, when information was given, ranged from 4.5 to 1000 acres. A “sleeping platform” in Sweden was designed for portability.

Of geographical interest: Scandinavian countries were heavily represented. The only home in the southern hemisphere was Chile. There were no Caribbean, Asian or African homes. The only two houses with attractive exteriors (in my opinion) were in Spain. The US was represented by structures in Ark, AZ, CA, CO, HI, NY, OH, WA and VT.

The layout, photography and the quality of the paper make this book a luxury you can afford.
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