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The Rammed Earth House

Easton, David

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ISBN 10: 0930031792 / ISBN 13: 9780930031794
Published by White River Jct, Vermont, U.S.A.: Chelsea Green Pub Co, White River Jct, Vermont, U.S.A., 1996
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****Oversized trade softcover. First Printing. Near Fine/: No defects externally or internally; text exceptionally clean & bright. Color & B/W Photographs; Resources; Bibliography; Index.272pp. A thorough guide to building your own sustainable rammed earth house from start to finish. "By rediscovering the most ancient of all building materials-Earth-forward-thinking home builders can now create structures that set new standards for beauty, durability, and efficient use of natural resources." Book covers all aspects of building from the point of beginning/plans through preparation, foundations, soils, art of form building, doors/windows/nooks, bond beams, after the walls, the house in the garden. Includes extensive section on builders' resources. A terrific copy. #2007hbr. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-868041355

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The Rammed Earth House is an eye-opening example of how the most dramatic innovations in home design and construction frequently have their origins in the distant past. By rediscovering the most ancient of all building materials ?earth?forward-thinking homebuilders can now create structures that set new standards for beauty, durability, and efficient use of natural resources.

Rammed earth construction is a step forward into a sustainable future, when homes will combine pleasing aesthetics and intense practicality with a powerful sense of place. Rammed earth homes are built entirely on-site, using basic elements?earth, water, and a little cement. The solid masonry walls permit design flexibility while providing year-round comfort and minimal use of energy. The builder and resident of a rammed earth house will experience the deep satisfaction of creating permanence in a world dominated by the disposable.

Review: The beauty and grace of rammed earth construction is described in fascinating detail by David Easton. The photographs of different structures, both modern and ancient, by Cynthia Wright, create a breathtaking glimpse into a building technique that is as old as human history, but exactly suitable for today's resource-conscious and environmentally friendly building needs. Trees may be getting a bit scarce these days, but there's no current shortage of dirt, the main component of rammed earth homes. From such a prosaic material, gold has been spun in these timeless, graceful, and nearly indestructible homes and buildings.

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Title: The Rammed Earth House

Publisher: White River Jct, Vermont, U.S.A.: Chelsea Green Pub Co, White River Jct, Vermont, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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