Housing Ourselves: Creating Affordable, Sustainable Shelter

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This text introduces architects and builders to techniques for creating affordable, sustainable housing that utilize local materials and local vernacular style. The methods presented here yield housing that is one-quarter the cost of traditional, and half the cost of modular housing.

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Rediscover the secrets of affordable housing that modern builders have all but forgotten! Through centuries of human history, people in every part of the world have practiced the art of building their own homes--homes that turned out to be remarkably practical, sustainable,and affordable...Today, we have homes built by "professionals." And we also have homes built of synthetic materials, a coast-to-coast homogenization of style, prodigious, wastefulness of natural resources, and ever sky-rocketing prices--even for the most modest housing. This timely, much-needed book offers a practical and workable approach to building affordable, sustainable, environmentally sensitive housing BY HAVING PEOPLE BUILD IT THEMSELVES! Illuminating case studies show how such housing can be constructed for one-third the cost of custom-built housing. The author shows architects, contractors, planners, and would-be homeowners how to: CHOOSE MATERIALS that are locally available, cost-effective, and sustainable; DESIGN HOUSING that's suitable to an area's climate, topography, and other shelter requirements; LAUNCH THE PROJECT on a shoestring and add on incrementally as finances permit; CREATE HOMES that bring individuality and variety back to today's homogenized landscape...AND MUCH MORE!

About the Author:

Richard Burnham is the owner and principal architect of Richard Burnham Architect and Associates. He is certified nationally and is registered in several states, and he specializes in single- and multifamily housing. He holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Dartmouth and Virginia Polytechnic Institute, respectively, and has published a number of articles on housing design. He has also received several grants for his work on low-income housing.

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