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Earth Shelter Technology
Boyer, Lester L. ,Grondzik, Walter T. Earth Shelter Technology College Station: Texas A & M University Press 1987
David's Thoughts: Wow, this book is heady stuff. I muttled my way through portions of it. I beleive you need some engineering background to understand it all, but with patience, there proved to be countless pieces of information throughout the book. The folks that wrote this obviously s...
How to Plan and Build Fireplaces
Menlo Park, California: Lane Books 1974
In the early and mid 70's, many people tried their hand at writing pointless how to books and see them at a small profit. I wrote one in the mid 80's for the same purpose that sold a few copies. This book falls into the same category. Some one took a lot of great bla...
The Craft of Modular Post & Beam; Building Log & Timber Homes Affordably
Mitchell, James The Craft of Modular Post & Beam; Building Log & Timber Homes Affordably Vancouver, BC: Hartley & Marks Publishing 1997
WOW!!! Great book!! If you plan to build or contract a log cabin, this is a MUST READ. At worst, you will be familiar with the steps taken to build your new home. At best you can build it yourself with a little know how.
James Mitchell, a cabinet maker by trade,...
The Complete Book of Underground Houses, How to Build a Low-Cost Home
Roy, Rob The Complete Book of Underground Houses, How to Build a Low-Cost Home New York: Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. 1994
David's Thoughts: This is the mother of the whole process. Before this book, I had no idea of the specifics of what I was doing. I knew how to design some basic floor plans, but that was it. Rob Roy does an incredible job of telling you the process he went through to build his berm hous...
Building Underground; The Design and Construction Handbook for Earth-Sheltered Houses
Wade, Herb Building Underground; The Design and Construction Handbook for Earth-Sheltered Houses Emmaus, Pa: Rodale Press, 1983
This book was noticed in the bibliography af a few other books and sites, though it was seldom recommended. I am not sure why. I got a lot out of it.
The book feels and reads like a relaxed textbook for a class on Building Underground. There are eight chapters th...
Wampler, Louis Underground Home Gretna, Louisiana: Pelican Publishing Company, 2003
David's Thoughts: Although it is a small book, there are some great tips on how to determine the size of footings and other design tips. It cleared my mind of several minor questions that have been haunting me from early on.
High energy costs have spurred the sear...