When we got married I promised to give my wife the house of her dreams! Thus began a 3 1/2 year journey to build a home, a Straw Bale Home, that was beautiful and practical under the amazing Red Rocks of Sedona. This is a Photo-Journal of the whole process, beginning to end, with new ideas, tips, suppliers and sources. In this book I discuss our research and use of many materials and practices which enhance the natural beauty, practicality and energy-efficiency of the basic Straw Bale concept, such as Silicate paints, Half Pound foam insulation, Post and Beam construction, Full attic space, Custom Cabinets and Tile, Radiant Heat, Constructed Wetlands alternative septic, Rainwater Reclamation and much, much more. And...a retrospective of how well everything worked. Not a Do It Yourself book, but rather showing lots of photos of wonderful ideas and discussions on various options. It you want to know what it's like to build your own, if you want lots of fresh ideas, or if you just want to look at all the pictures and dream...this is the book for you! 173 pages, over 250 color photos, in searchable, "zoomable" PDF format. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: John Cahill is a Mechanical Engineering consultant with a long-time interest in Sustainable Building and Eco-friendly Solutions. He currently lives in Sedona, AZ in the house (this house) which he built with his wife. He continues to consult on Straw Bale and other sustainable building practices.
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