THE GREEN SELF-BUILD BOOK: How to Design and Build Your Own Eco-Home (Sustainable Building)
This book includes an overview of the self-building process, case studies, and particular examples of self-building processes. It’s a good book to read at the start of your process before you have really concrete ideas of what you want. It is a broad approach to a huge subject and will help refine what you are after and help focus your ideas.
THE SOLAR HOUSE: Passive Heating and Cooling
This book is a little old, coming out in 2002, but the principals and science is still the same. The only thing that may have changed are planning laws and legislation in regards to solar panels.
Solar power has come a long way in the last 13 years, but what hasn’t changed is the building process involved in passive solar heating and cooling. This design concept is underutilised in buildings at the moment.
SMALL ECO HOUSES: Living Green in Style
Trends in environmentally friendly living as well as design aspects of small spaces. Anyone who has faced the challenges of limited living space will find inspiration in this survey of the latest trends in environmentally sensitive, small-scale residential designs. More than fifty residential spaces are profiled—from woodsy houses and repurposed barns to cool apartments and urban lofts—both inside and out
CABIN PORN: Inspiration for Your Quiet Place Somewhere
This book was born from one of my favourite websites of all time, Cabin Porn. What begun as a scrapbook of amazing cabins and homemade shelters around Canada and America, quickly grew into a worldwide obsession. The images are beautiful and the book is stunning and inspiring. Check out the blog HERE.
Rammed earth homes have to one of the most gorgeous methods of construction there is. They are timeless, durable and stunning to live in, not to mention environmentally efficient and friendly. The earth comes from the construction sit itself and there are no transport costs involved.
The Rammed Earth House is an eye-opening example of how dramatic innovations frequently have their origins in the distant past. By rediscovering the most ancient of all building materials—earth—homebuilders can now create structures that set new standards for beauty, durability, and extraordinarily efficient use of natural resources.