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More Straw Bale Building: A Complete Guide to Designing and Building with Straw (Mother Earth News Wiser Living Series) Paperback – February 1, 2005
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Straw bale houses are easy to build, affordable, super energy efficient, environmentally friendly, attractive, and can be designed to match the builder's personal space needs, esthetics, and budget. Despite mushrooming interest in the technique, however, most straw bale books focus on "selling" the dream of straw-bale building, but don't adequately address the most critical issues faced by bale house builders. Moreover, since many developments in this field are recent, few books are completely up to date with the latest techniques.
More Straw Bale Building is designed to fill this gap. A completely rewritten edition of the 20,000-copy best-selling original, it leads the potential builder through the entire process of building a bale structure, tackling all the practical issues: finding and choosing bales; developing sound building plans; roofing; electrical, plumbing, and heating systems; building code compliance; and special concerns for builders in northern climates. New material includes:
- more extensive sections on electric wiring and plumbing
- updated sections on bale finishes and finishing
- a section on prefabricated straw bale walls
- a wider selection of case studies, photographs and illustrations
- a section on common mistakes
- budgeting for low-, medium- and high-cost projects, and
- new testing data that is in no other straw bale book.
Down-to earth and complete, More Straw Bale Building makes the remarkable benefits of straw bale building available in the most comprehensive and practical book on the subject to date.
Mother Earth News Wiser Living Series(2004-04-20)
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I'm still in the process of reading it but I've found this book to be a sort of textbook for the person interested in the idea of possibly building a strawbale home. Looks like everything imaginable is covered, from all sorts of building details and construction methods to dealing with financing and zoning issues.
I don't see it as providing all the information an uneducated, inexperienced builder would need but you will find out enough to get started or to know that you don't want any part of the idea. There were lots of little details and tips, extensive end chapter notes, even a lot of photographs. Most of these were black and white (a little too small and indistinct for me)but some were in color.
While it isn't all you need it is a book worthy of your attention and worth owning.
This book has lots of photos, and explains the problems you might run into. It does spend a lot of time talking about methods, which is good, and gives pro-cons about important problems you'll meet. It's probably not going to be the last word on SB building (there's so much variety in method these days, and some people are so very sure that there method is the ONLY best method...), but this book should certainly be in the library of books you are gathering, if you are serious about building a SB house. DO get LOTS of different books, including this one, and videos on the subject, figure out what will work for you, figure out what's the most current, researched information, and go for it.
(Believe me, if we could do it, anyone can.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting pictures for straw bale buildings. I found this book to be inspiring.Published 11 months ago by BluesLover
An enjoyable read with plenty of good information. A very good first book to read about building with straw bales.Published 12 months ago by Jimbo
Good book, hope I can build a straw-bale house someday!Published 20 months ago by Kathleen Sanderson
Photos are nice. This is a good book for general overview to strawbale building.Published 22 months ago by nettie Romine
I have never used the book to build anything, but I really enjoyed the various projects and information that this book provides.Published on January 21, 2014 by Atelby
It is informative but very dry and quite technical. If wanted I would just have to look up straw bale homes online and get the same statistics quoted in the book. Read morePublished on December 25, 2013 by monford
Great primer on construction with pros/cons included. Very thorough. Highly recommend for experienced and novices, alike.
Inspires community building effortlessly.
I've read two other straw bale home books. This one hasn't offered that much new to me yet. Maybe it's time I go build one and stop reading about building them.Published on May 27, 2012 by dgd