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

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

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by Rex A. Ewing, Lavonne Ewing (With), Roland Sweet (Foreword by)
 
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

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.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780977372447
Publisher:
Pixyjack Pr Llc
Publication date:
04/28/2008
Pages:
255
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.70(d)

What People are Saying About This

Jim Cooper
“A great resource! There aren't a lot of books that focus on the nuts and bolts of log home construction. Fewer still that focus on the energy efficiency possibilities. Rex and LaVonne's book tackles them both and does it well. It's broad enough to give you an accurate perspective on the entire process and detailed enough to serve as a manual during construction. This book should be at the top of your list for any log construction project.”--Jim Cooper, author of Log Homes Made Easy
J. D. Belanger
“The yin/yang aspect of a couple working together to build their dream home transports this from being a mere how-to-book, to something like an adventure, or at least a darn good story. If you're in the market for a log home or alternative energy system, this book will provide you with plenty of inspiration, as well as practical know-how. But even if you're not into log homes, there's a good chance you'll enjoy meeting these people and sharing some of their experiences…and the romance.” --J. D. Belanger, Countryside Editor Emeritus
Gary Belanger
“This book is a must-read for anyone planning to build a log home. And it offers homeowners an opportunity to incorporate the past with the present by equipping their energy-saving log structures with modern solar energy—a great win-win combination.” --Gary Belanger, Schroeder Log Home Supply
Pat Young
“An outstanding book! It is very informative about log-building basics and will easily be understood by the homeowner. Of the 120 books in our bookstore, Crafting Log Homes Solar Style will be at the top of our must-read-before-building list. If you're planning to build a log home, read this book first!” --Pat Young, Log Home Resource Center

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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Crafting Log Homes Solar Style: An Inspiring Guide to Self-Sufficiency 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“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.