Natural Timber Frame Homes: Building with Wood, Stone, Clay and Straw|
by Wayne Bingham (Author), Jerod Pfeffer (Author)
Timber frame construction goes sustainable with this new building combination.
From the Inside Flap
In the rush to acquire bigger and better homes and to pay off increasingly
larger mortgages, many of us have been left feeling dissatisfied. Why is this
so? There is compelling evidence that what we really desire is not bigger homes,
not more space, but better space.
Natural Timber Frame Homes lays the philosophical groundwork for how locally
available materials result in more durable and beautiful homes. It asks us to
consider the source of our wood, stone, clay, and straw and suggests that this
awareness contributes to our perception of character in a finished house.
Building naturally also gives us the feedback necessary to be conscientious
environmental and economic stewards and allows us to play a meaningful role in
the creation of our dwelling.
This book puts the theory of natural building into practice by providing the
tools to evaluate your area for potential building materials. Photographs and
drawings pull the theory together into workable timber frame construction
details with floor plans that are adaptable to your specific needs, including
your climate and landscape.
Beauty and character of traditional timber frame homes are a result of natural
materials being crafted by the hands of the builder. By injecting ourselves into
the process of home construction, we have the potential to live more connected
to the natural world and influence the future of the Earth for the better.
Architect Wayne J. Bingham assists owners and builders in planning, designing,
and constructing natural timber frame and strawbale homes. His work has been
published in Architectural Digest, Popular Science, the Salt Lake Tribune,
Intermountain Contractor, the Deseret News, Nikkei Architecture, and The New
Strawbale Home. Wayne, along with Bill and Athena Steen, authored the book Small
Strawbale: Natural Homes, Projects & Designs. Wayne and his wife, Colleen, have
built their own timber frame and strawbale home in Teton Valley, Idaho, and
coauthored Strawbale Home Plans.
Jerod Pfeffer combines a background in carpentry with a formal education in
photography and journalism. A lifelong woodworker, he built everything from
vinyl-sided apartments to custom log homes before getting hooked on traditional
building. Jerod teaches others the craft of timber framing and hand-tool
woodworking through demonstrations and workshops. His current focus is the
development of nonelectric living systems to enable houses and people to
elegantly respond to the climate and energy challenges of the coming decades. In
his spare time, Jerod works on his own natural timber frame home and adds mulch
to his forest garden in rural Idaho.
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Gibbs Smith, Publisher; 1 edition (April 12, 2007)