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Books for Ideas and Inspiration in house building


THE GOOD HOUSE BOOK

Good House Book

Author - Clarke Snell

All you need to know about houses and different building and self-build approaches.
Buy for £ 16.95

HOME WORK

Home Work


Author - L. Khan
Home Work - Hand built Shelter. This fantastic book is the follow up to, and updating of, Shelter, which was first published in 1973. Same idea - an eclectic mix of self-build homes that people have built themselves - a more manageable format with loads of great colour photos.
Buy for £ 16.99

SHELTER

Shelter

Author - Ed. L. Khan
Huge in size (37 x 28cm), huge in scope, and not a palace or cathedral in sight.
Instead we are treated to a book of simple homes, natural materials and habitations for humans in all their variety.
Eye catching with over 1000 photos and numerous plans, sketches and instructions. From the smallest bender to that self-build dwelling we dream of creating, this is a celebration of human resourcefulness in house building.
Buy for £ 15.99

BARNS, SHEDS AND OUTBUILDINGS

Barns, sheds and outbuildings

Author - B. Halsted

Same idea as "Fences" below, only dealing with structures. Wonderful collection of basic designs from rabbit hutches to root cellars, granaries to barns
Buy for £ 10.95

FENCES, GATES AND BRIDGES

Fences, gates and bridges

Author - G. Martin
A reprint of a book, first published in 1887, that illustrates every type of wood and wire, fence and gate you can imagine, and some you can't.
Excellent resource book.
Buy for £ 9.95

ECO

Eco

Author - E Wilhide
Beautifully photographed and documented examples of buildings from UK, Europe, USA and Australia. Divided into 4 sections - basic principles of self-build eco design, case studies, surfaces and finishes and resource list. Lots of inspiration to be found here for house building, even if you don't have access to land to build your own structure
Buy for £ 25.00

HASSAN FATHY

Hassan Fathy

Author - J Steele
One of the most influential architects of the 20th century. Worked mainly in his native Egypt with local people and local materials to provide high quality, low cost housing, - fantastic pattern for all potential builders of social or co-operative housing. Limited stock
Buy for £ 15.00

THE TIMELESS WAY OF BUILDING

Timeless way of building

Author - Christopher Alexander
A moving book that describes the construction of a 'pattern language'. Such a language has its strength in its ability to articulate the design abilities which everyone has, enabling the involvement of the non-specialist in the design process.
Buy for £ 35.00

SPIRIT AND PLACE

Spirit and place

Author - C Day
Anything from Mr Day is worth a read. This books gives ideas on house building with spirit - exploring how to move towards creation of places that are physically and psychologically satisfying to the body, soul and spirit.
Buy for £ 25.00

BUILDING INSIDE NATURE'S ENVELOPE

Building inside nature's envelope

Author - A. Wasowski
The question addressed here is how to construct a building in a forest, for example, without destroying the natural environment.
Buy for £ 19.95

BUILT BY HAND

Built by hand

Author - Steen and Komatsu
This 460 page book celebrates different types of building. Given the same material, it is amazing the diverse structures that different cultures arrive at. Structures from wood, earth, stone, bamboo, grasses and various combinations of the above. Also streets, doors, windows and heaps of other stuff. Stunning photographs. Building Book of the Year!
Buy for £ 35.00

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