EcoNest: Creating Sustainable Sanctuaries of Clay, Straw, and Timber / Edition 1

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Overview

"Econests are not only stunningly beautiful, they demonstrate completely sustainable living environments."
--Tedd Benson, author and company steward of Bensonwood Homes

"Essential reading for anyone who desires to have a home that nurtures well-being."

--Helmut Ziehe, founder, International Institute for Bau-Biologie and Ecology, Inc.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586856915
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 9/21/2005
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 9.75 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Paula Baker-Laporte, A.I.A., graduated from the University of Toronto, School of Architecture in 1978. She has been active in a wide-ranging residential architectural practice based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, since 1986. She is a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and is a certified Baubiologist. Since 1992, Paula has dedicated her practice to the precepts of environmentally sound and health-enhancing architecture. Her previous books include Prescriptions for a Healthy House, and she is a contributing author to A People's Ecology: Explorations in Sustainable Living edited by Gregory Cajete, The Healthy House, and The Art of Natural Building.

Robert Laporte is the founder of the Econest Building Company and the Natural House Building Centre and author of Mooseprints: A Guide to Holistic Building. He served on the original board of directors for the Timber Framers Guild from 1985 to 1987. He is a professional builder specializing in earth, straw, and timber-frame structures. He has been designing and building natural homes for the past twenty-five years in Canada and the United States. For the last thirteen years he has taught workshops and built projects using these techniques throughout North America and Scandinavia.

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Project: Daryl Stanton Residence

Architect: Baker-Laporte and Associates

Builder: Econest Building Company, Robert Laporte, and Steve Vessey

Location: La Barbaria Canyon, New Mexico

This home site was a challenging but beautiful one. Located on a narrow strip of land in a box canyon, the building pad sits between a steep hill rising to the west and a sharp drop-off into a grass wetlands to the east. The European style of timber frame was designed in response to the owner's desire for a cozy "country cottage" feel. The 1,700-square-foot main house has an east-entry porch that leads to a solar atrium, then steps up into the central kitchen/dining/living space. A dense straw/clay wall serves as a heat sink to gently distribute the solar heat between the atrium and the living space. A small wing steps up to the north of the main living space where Daryl's daughter, Brianna, has a study area, bathroom, and bedroom with a play loft. The second-floor master suite tucks under the roof with east-facing gable-end windows facing a dramatic mountain view. A shed dormer expands the upper living space.

Daryl's Statement

I came into the designing and building of my new home with some experience. I had done an extensive remodeling and redecorating of my home in the early 80s and became extremely sick as a result of the chemical exposure. Later I built a healthy home for myself; however, it wasn't particularly ecological. When I came to Robert and Paula, I was interested in building a home that was both healthy for me and the planet. I experienced one of their homes and found it to have a feeling of living in harmony with the land . . . it smelled like being out in nature, it breathed. It had a feeling unlike any other type of home I had ever been in.

I wanted a home that had a cozy, organic country feel. Nothing too polished. So the idea of a European-style timber frame with exposed beams, plaster walls, and floors from local earth really appealed to me. I created a country kitchen and dining area with hanging pots and pans and open shelving for the dishes. Robert and Steve built the cabinetry with solid wood boxes and rough-sawn pine facing. Finding chemical-free furnishings for my new home was a challenge but one that I enjoyed. In fact, when I completed my new home I decided to start a business to help other people create healthy and beautiful interiors, too, and that is how my business, Casa Natura, was born!

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Table of Contents

Introduction: What is an Econest?

01 Building with Light Clay/Straw

02 The Econest System for Clay/Straw Building

03 Building for Health Naturally

04 The Elements of Econest Design and Construction

05 Workshops

06 Making It Happen For You

08 Eight Common Questions About Econests

09 Case Studies

Appendix

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