Adobe Houses for Today: Flexible Plans for Your Adobe Home

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ADOBE HOUSES FOR TODAY features 12 plans for compact, beautifully-proportioned adobe homes in modern and traditional styles. Yet the book offers much more. The richly illustrated text shows how the basic houses, designed for today's smaller families, can be as flexible as a set of building blocks. Intriguing drawings demonstrate how readers can expand and adapt the plans to fit their own budgets, family sizes, style preferences, and building sites.

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Overview

ADOBE HOUSES FOR TODAY features 12 plans for compact, beautifully-proportioned adobe homes in modern and traditional styles. Yet the book offers much more. The richly illustrated text shows how the basic houses, designed for today's smaller families, can be as flexible as a set of building blocks. Intriguing drawings demonstrate how readers can expand and adapt the plans to fit their own budgets, family sizes, style preferences, and building sites.

After a brief look at adobe's rich history, ADOBE HOUSES FOR TODAY surveys adobe's advantages as a building material. Next, readers take an eye-opening tour through the facts and fantasies of energy conservation. Then, the heart of the book illustrates the basic and expanded versions of the plans, using them as examples of design techniques that increase livability and control costs in any house. The book also explains site requirements, adobe construction, and estimating basics with an adobe house that "assembles itself." ADOBE HOUSES FOR TODAY and its associated construction drawings are valuable, enjoyable tools not only for those buying, building, or remodeling a house, but also for contractors, drafters, drafting teachers, and real estate professionals.

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Library Journal
Most library users are interested in homes using traditional construction methods, but comprehensive collections should offer information about alternative technologies. These three titles offer good options. Pearson offers instructions to build yurts, tipis, and benders all dwellings that consist of a collapsible, lightweight frame covered with cloth. Examples range from simple, temporary designs to much sturdier structures appropriate for year-round use. The examples are from all over the world, but brief instructions allow anyone to build a rather exotic structure inexpensively. The Sanchezes provide a wealth of information about the history and techniques associated with the use of adobe, an ancient material common in the Southwest. Twelve plans for both traditional and modern homes are included some of which look surprisingly conventional to the casual observer. This title will be of particular interest to readers in the more arid regions of North America. Mackie, a well-known author and educator of log home-building techniques, shows how to construct a log home in a low-impact, environmentally friendly manner. The homes shown are beautiful, with a great deal of exposed joinery; Mackie's step-by-step instructions and excellent illustrations show how everything is done (the author, who is in his mid-seventies, is still building homes a feat that many half his age would find taxing). These titles are recommended for comprehensive collections or for those with a regional interest in the particular technology covered. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865346628
  • Publisher: Sunstone Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2008
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 230
  • Sales rank: 980,921
  • Product dimensions: 8.55 (w) x 11.05 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chapter 1. The Oldest Brand New Thing in Houses
The First New Mexico Adobes
The Far Kingdom
Newcomers from the East: Territorial and Mountain Styles
A New Century: Revival, Depression, Revival
A Happy, Holistic, High-Tech Heaven: The 1960s and 1970s
Adapting to a New Millennium
Chapter 2. Adobe's Advantages and Drawbacks
Safe at Home in Fort Adobe
Adobe's Low Embodied Energy
Thermal Mass, the Comfort Food of Architecture
What About Adobe's Disadvantages?
Chapter 3. How Much Energy Do You Want to Save?
What Does It Mean, Being Green?
The Energy Pie: Where the Money Really Goes
The Big Players: Size, Fuel Type, Habits and Gadgets
Heating, Cooling and the Building Skin
The Solar Components
Green Building Programs
Sorting It Out
Chapter 4. Designing the Heart of a House
Houses That Fit a Variety of Sites
Houses That Fit Different Kinds of Families
Houses That Fit a Wide Range of Budgets
Houses That Maintain High Quality in Materials, Design and Comfort
Chapter 5. The Plans
Playing with the Plans
The Plans
Chapter 6. Are We Almost There?
Where Do You Want to Live?
Is This the Site that Suits You?
What About Finances?
The Bottom Line
Chapter 7. Adobe from the Ground Up
Site Work
Concrete
Adobe Walls
Framing
Insulation
Stucco and Plaster
Windows and Exterior Doors
Roofing
Interiors and Kitchens
Mechanical
Electrical
General Job Costs, Overhead and Profit
Appendix: Working Drawings and Building Permits
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Order Form
About the Authors
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