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The EcoNest Home: Designing and Building a Light Straw Clay House

The EcoNest Home: Designing and Building a Light Straw Clay House

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by Paula Baker-Laporte (Author), Robert Laporte (Author)

“Every aspect of creating a beautiful, sensible, and healthy home is explored and demonstrated with elegance and clarity.” ―Martin Hammer, architect, co-director, Builders Without Borders

An EcoNest is not just a home―it is a breathtakingly beautiful structure that nurtures health and embraces ecology. This unique approach to construction combines light straw clay, timber framing, earthen floors, natural plasters, and other natural techniques with the principles of Building Biology to create a handcrafted living sanctuary. By bringing together time-honored traditions and modern innovations, owners of EcoNests enjoy living spaces that reflect the best of both worlds.

The EcoNest Home is an in-depth exploration of the benefits of choosing this technique over conventional alternatives, combined with a complete practical guide for prospective designers and builders. Authors Paula Baker-Laporte and Robert Laporte draw on their own extensive experience to provide:

  • A detailed explanation of the nature-based science behind EcoNests
  • Fully-illustrated, step-by-step instructions to guide you through construction
  • Dozens of inspiring photos of completed projects

The most comprehensive, North American resource on light straw clay construction, written by its leading proponents, The EcoNest Home is a must-read for anyone considering building their own healthy, affordable, environmentally friendly, natural home.

“A great new book for the ecological designer, builder and homeowner.” ―Sukita Ray Crimmel, coauthor of Earthen Floors

The EcoNest Home is made from well designed, sophisticated techniques rooted in simplicity. This book demonstrates the outstanding results that arise to their steadfast commitment to creating healthy, natural homes.” ―Adam Weismann and Katy Bryce, authors of Using Natural Finishes

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ New Society Publishers (July 1, 2015)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 384 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 086571777X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0865717770
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