The New Natural House Book: Creating a Healthy, Harmonious, and Ecologically Sound Home|
by David Pearson (Author)
The Natural House Book, first published in 1989, originated the phrase "natural
house" and established the presence of the Green movement in home design. Author
David Pearson has updated and expanded this eco-aware homebuilder's classic with
new resource listings, a new photo-essay in the introduction, and revised text
describing the latest and best developments in natural construction.
The first part of the book deals with the interaction between the home and the
external environment, the second part with the home's components, and the third
part with the design of the living space itself. Throughout the book, well-drawn
illustrations and numerous photographs show how enlightened home design makes
Green living easier by encouraging builders and residents to take advantage of
natural light and heat. They're also a powerful tool for convincing those who
might not yet be committed to natural living, as many of the homes are luxurious
and warm looking. (The natural bathrooms are so beautiful and comfortable, one
can only wonder why anyone settles for the prefab "luxury master baths" that the
construction industry pushes on new homebuilders.) It's truly a book that takes
a larger view, appealing not only to those with fewer resources who have always
wanted to live simply, but also to those who can afford to live where they want,
in effect saying to them, "Our way is better--for the environment and for you."
This completely revised and redesigned edition of the bestselling Natural House
Book brings you hundreds of practical energy- and money-saving ideas to enhance
your home, your environment, and your well-being.
Originally published in 1989, The Natural House Book anticipated our problems
with garbage disposal, indoor air pollution, water purification, and
environmental hazards. Today more than ever, we need inspiration and
cutting-edge information to transform our homes into havens for the body, mind, and spirit.
Lavishly illustrated with more than 100 full-color photos, combining the
expertise of top architects, designers, and ecology authorities from all over
the world, here is a hands-on, step-by-step, room-by-room architectural and
design guide to bring you and your family safely and happily into the twenty-first century.
You'll find out how to:
Use the latest toxin-free materials
Improve air and water quality
Create green space
Combat environmental hazards
Incorporate aromatherapy and feng shui
Design a personal space for contemplation
Build an exercise room
Use color, texture, and design to create a nourishing, stress-free environment
for your family
Featuring a new Gaia House prototype design, a new Charter for Natural Building,
and completely updated appendices on natural paints and varnishes, household
cleaners, and indoor air pollution, as well as a mail-order resource list for
furniture, carpeting, water filtration, and textiles, The New Natural House Book
will help you create a better future.
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Fireside; Revised edition (July 23, 1998)