Stone House: A Guide to Self-Building With Slipforms

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You won't need to be an expert stonemason or even have much construction experience to build your own house with one of the world's most traditional building materials--stone. Stone House: A Guide to Self-Building with Slipforms contains all the information you'll need to successfully build a stone home for yourself, from clearing the building site to topping the stone walls in preparation for roof framing.

While providing a wealth of information on a range of relevant subjects, Tomm Stanley uses an instructional narrative to lead readers through the process of building with stone and slipforms. This is the first book dedicated to slipform stone masonry in many years. Topics include:* Traditional stonemasonry and slipforming,* Basic geology and where to source suitable stone,* Passive solar principles,* Concrete making and techniques for molding and casting concrete, and * Methods for restoring recycled wooden windows and doors. There's even a section on the usage of metric measurement written especially for Americans from the view of an American now living in a metric country.

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You won't need to be an expert stone mason, or even have much construction experience, to build your own house with one of the world's most traditional building materials-- stone. Stone House contains all the information you'll need to successfully build a stone home for yourself, from clearing the building site to topping the stone walls for roof framing.

While providing a wealth of information on a range of relevant subjects, Tomm Stanley uses an instructional narrative to lead readers through the process of building with stone and slipforms. This is the first book dedicated to slipform stone masonry in many years. Topics include:

-Traditional Stonemasonry and slipforming

-Basic geology and where to source suitable homes

-Passive solar principles

-Concrete making and techniques for molding and casting concrete

-Methods for restoring wooden windows and doors

About the Author:

Tomm Stanley is an American who has been living in New Zealand since 1995. On his rural New Zealand property Tomm has created an environmentally friendly, off-the-grid lifestyle that provides a balance to his professional life as an international management consultant. His web-based business, www.heartbeatnursery.co.nz, assists in funding his personal mission of restoring the former hillside farm, now infested with an imported plant weed, to its natural, forested state. He is the author of Stone House: A Guide to Building with Slipforms, now in its second edition, Going Solar: Understanding and Using the Warmth in Sunlight and the children's book The Big Tree at George and Charlotte's House.

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