Crafting Log Homes Solar Style: An Inspiring Guide to Self-Sufficiency

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A down-to-earth guide to building solar-powered log homes, complete with how-to illustrations and photos plus enlightening profiles of log home owners across the country. Follow the authors' journey of handcrafting an off-the-grid log home in the Colorado Rockies and discover how renewable energy is a perfect match for modern log home living, from small weekend cabins to expansive year-round homes. Topics include log home construction, solar and wind energy, home heating ...
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Overview

A down-to-earth guide to building solar-powered log homes, complete with how-to illustrations and photos plus enlightening profiles of log home owners across the country. Follow the authors' journey of handcrafting an off-the-grid log home in the Colorado Rockies and discover how renewable energy is a perfect match for modern log home living, from small weekend cabins to expansive year-round homes. Topics include log home construction, solar and wind energy, home heating options, pumping water, costs to consider, and Web resources.
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This revision of Logs, Wind and Sun is coming out when interest in renewable energy is keen. Rex, author of other books on alternative energy, and wife LaVonne recount their log-home construction odyssey. While their story does contain useful tips and insight based on their experience and mistakes, there are better construction manuals out there, such as Charles McRaven's The Classic Hewn-Log House and Robert Wood Chambers's The Log Construction Manual. Still, this is a pretty good read. The best section is tucked at the end-there are definitions and descriptions of different energy sources, with pros and cons clearly listed, along with the associated costs and equipment required. This alone makes the book valuable, even if you are not inspired to tromp out to the wilderness to build a log cabin. Recommended for public libraries or where there is demand.


—Karen Ellis
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780977372447
  • Publisher: Pixyjack Pr Llc
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Pages: 255
  • Sales rank: 537,840
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Rex and LaVonne Ewing currently live and work from their solar- and wind-powered log home in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. After handcrafting two log homes in the 1980s, Rex spent several years raising Thoroughbred horses and operating an equine nutrition firm, where he formulated and marketed numerous nutrition products worldwide. In 1997, he wrote a best-selling book on horse nutrition, Beyond the Hay Days: Refreshingly Simple Horse Nutrition and has been published by several equine publications. Since leaving the corporate world, Rex has been hard at work building their dream home, and writing novels and nonfiction books, including Power With Nature; Got Sun? Go Solar; and HYDROGEN—Hot Stuff Cool Science. An award-winning graphic designer, LaVonne is the owner of Image Resource, a graphic design firm that specializes in book design, art catalogs, and corporate identities.
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Table of Contents

1 Log Home Living, Solar Style

2 Site Selection

3 Plans and Permits

4 Logs

5 Tools for Construction

6 Excavation and Foundation Work

7 The Floor

8 Peeling and Lifting Logs

9 Building with Logs: Part I

10 Building with Logs: Part II

11 Gables and Dormers

12 Roof Framing

13 Windows, Doors and Wiring

14 More Settling Issues

15 Chinking and Finishing

16 A New Philosophy of Freedom

17 Harvesting Solar and Wind Power

18 Heating of House and Water

19 Pumping Water

20 Finish Work: Making Your House a Home

Plus LaVonne's LogBooks; Log•ically Solar -- Homeowner Profiles from Around the Country; Appendix (Costs to Consider, Notes for Off-Grid Homes, Resources, General Bibliography, Recommended Reading)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2013

    ¿This eagerly anticipated edition explains the realities of hand

    “This eagerly anticipated edition explains the realities of handcrafting a log home and living off grid. It is loaded with tips so you can avoid common construction pitfalls, and you'll be encouraged by spotlights of a dozen very different log homes using solar and wind power. I highly recommend it!”
    — Tracy Johnston, Log Home Store, Inc.

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