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A Tiny Home to Call Your Own

A Tiny Home to Call Your Own

Living Well in Just-Right Houses

Unfetter and unclutter your life by learning how and why to transition to a tiny home 

Do you feel as though you’re living in an expensive and ill-fitting home filled with too much stuff? Do you have too much space filled with too many things, …

Essential Rammed Earth Construction

Essential Rammed Earth Construction

The Complete Step-by-Step Guide

Everything you need to know to build with rammed earth in warm and cold climates.
Rammed earth – sand, gravel, and clay or lime/cement binder packed into forms – is a low-energy, high-performance building method, yielding beautiful, sustainable …

Essential Rainwater Harvesting

Essential Rainwater Harvesting

A Guide to Home-Scale System Design

Design a rainwater harvesting system for any home in any climate.

Water is a crucial resource increasingly under stress. Yet rainfall, even in arid climates, can make up a sizable portion of any home, acreage, or farm’s water requirements if …

Essential Composting Toilets

Essential Composting Toilets

A Guide to Options, Design, Installation, and Use

From wastestream to mainstream, a practical guide to composting toilet systems.

Composting toilets are a key feature for local resilience, money saving, water conservation, resource recovery, septic system replacement, and an improved bathroom …

Essential Natural Plasters

Essential Natural Plasters

A Guide to Materials, Recipes, and Use

Natural plasters made of clay, lime, and other materials mixed with sand are beautiful building finishes. Fun to work with, low-impact, and allowing infinite creativity, they are high performance and provide proven, centuries-long durability.

Yet …

Essential Earthbag Construction

Essential Earthbag Construction

The Complete Step-by-Step Guide

Earthbag construction — building with polypropylene bags usually filled with earthen materials — is a versatile, easy-to-master, low-impact, and highly durable form of building, suitable for structures from houses to root cellars.

Containing over …

Essential Cordwood Building

Essential Cordwood Building

The Complete Step-by-Step Guide

Cordwood construction — log-ends set in insulated mortar — is a versatile, economical, low-impact, and beautiful building method. Its durability and performance has been proven in beautiful, centuries-old buildings in North America and Europe.

Essential Sustainable Home Design

Essential Sustainable Home Design

A Complete Guide to Goals, Options, and the Design Process

Many people dream of building a beautiful, environmentally friendly home. But until now there has been no systematic guide to help potential builders work through the complete process of imagining, planning, designing, and building their ideal, …