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Housing Reclaimed

  • Kartonierter Einband
  • 208 Seiten
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This guide for nonconventional home builders provides inspiration for using salvaged and reclaimed materials to build affordable, environmentally friendly dwellings and offers case studies of projects meeting this challenge, including Phoenix Commotion, Haberae, and Builders of Hope.

Jessica Kellner’s book comes to us in the nick of time. We need a new, more enlightened approach to housing and this book provides the roadmap. Housing Reclaimed could put a whole generation on the path to comfortable, secure sustainability. Jessica has written a beautiful and necessary book that everyone who lives under a roof should read. — Bryan Welch, Publisher, Mother Earth News, Natural Home & Garden and the Utne Reader Author, Beautiful & Abundant: Creating the World We Want

In a time when so much of the news around housing is negative, Jessica Kellner offers an optimistic but practical approach to building a home—mortgage free! Jessica proves that, with a little creativity and a willingness to step outside the constructs of modern housing, anyone can build a dream house. — Robyn Griggs Lawrence Author, Simply Imperfect: Revisiting the Wabi-Sabi House

Jessica Kellner: is Editor-in-Chief of Natural Home magazine (www.NaturalHomeMagazine.com) and a passionate advocate of using architectural salvage to create high-impact, low-cost, health-conscious housing. She writes and speaks about practical, easy and inexpensive solutions for healthier and more environmentally sound homes and lifestyles, with an emphasis on the values of recycling and using reclaimed materials. Inspired by common sense ways to achieve the good life, Jessica loves living and working in the overlap between modern technology and ancient wisdom.


How to build community, reduce waste, and create affordable, unique homes.


Housing is a fundamental human right. For most of human history, our homes were built by hand from whatever local materials were available. However, since the Industrial Revolution, most housing has become little more than quickly constructed, mass-produced, uniform boxes. At the same time, the invention and standardization of the thirty-year mortgage and our ever-increasing reliance on credit has come to mean that most of us never own our homes outright.

Housing Reclaimed is a call to arms for nonconventional home builders. It examines how technological advances, design evolution, and resourceful, out-of-the-box thinking about materials and efficiency can help us meet the challenge of building affordable, environmentally friendly, beautiful, and unique homes. Focusing on the use of salvaged and reclaimed materials, this inspirational volume is packed with case studies of innovative projects including:

  • Phoenix Commotion—working together towards low-income home ownership through sweat equity and 100 percent recycled materials
  • HabeRae—revitalizing neighborhoods by creating urban infill using modern technology and sustainable and reclaimed materials
  • Builders of Hope—rescuing and rehabilitating whole houses slated for demolition

These projects and others like them demonstrate that building one's own home does not have to be an unattainable dream. This beautifully illustrated guide is a must-read for anyone interested in creating quality zero- or low-debt housing, reducing landfill waste, and creating stronger communities.

Jessica Kellner is the editor of Natural Home and Garden magazine and a passionate advocate of using architectural salvage to create aesthetically beautiful, low-cost housing.


Introduction: The introduction will explain that the financial aspect of homes should be equally relevant in a discussion about sustainability as materials sourcing or site location is.

Chapter 1. Phoenix Commotion: Case study in community development
Near Houston, Dan Phillips' low-debt, low-income home building project creates unique, low- to zero-debt homes using entirely reclaimed materials. By building the homes using a combination of homeowners, volunteers, unskilled workers and professional construction workers, Phillips has created a project that does more than just provide low-debt homes to families in need. It also acts as a forum for educating community members about building and thinking outside the box in terms of building materials and forms; helps develop local communities; functions as a training grounds for unskilled workers; provides local jobs; and reduces landfill waste.

Chapter 2. Powers Home: Case study in small-space living
Aaron and Meghan Powers' Idaho home is a perfect case study in debt-free homes. At 836 square feet, the homebuilt out of straw bales by the couple, their family and friendsfeatures clever space-saving innovations that make reasonably sized home-living fun.
create this home? Did it require sacrifices?
FINANCIAL SECTION/MINI-CHAPTER: The subprime crisishow it happened, how bankers are gambling with mortgage money and how you can keep your biggest investment out of the system.

Chapter 3. HabeRae: Case study with urban infill
Tired of seeing rundown buildings throughout their community in Reno, two architects decided to form HabeRae, converting deteriorating buildings into small homes made efficiently and affordably using sustainable and reclaimed materials along with modern technology.
FINANCIAL SECTION/MINI-CHAPTER: Housing's real valuemaking the case, both economically and sociallyfor why housing should be less expensive and how the idea of ever-increasing home prices is a myth.

Chapter 4. Baker Home: Case study with reclaimed materials and handmade homes
An Alabama family handbuilt their own home over five years using reclaimed materials from every town in their county.
FINANCIAL SECTION/MINI-CHAPTER: Acquiring landall of these alternative building methods are great but they mean nothing if you don't have land to build on. Here I will discuss the various methods of buying and financing land, with examples from the cases discussed in the book.

Chapter 5. Builders of Hope: Case study with sustainable urbanism
Builders of Hope, a Raleigh, North Carolina, program takes previously near-demolition homes, rescues them, rehabilitates them with the latest in green and efficient building materials, then uses them to create new, low-income neighborhoods in existing communities (some homes stay put as anchors for neighborhoods, others are relocated to form new neighborhoods).
FINANCIAL SECTION/MINI-CHAPTER: Governmenthere we'll discuss government and policy roles in the housing market, how government policy helped cause the subprime crisis and how government policy could help encourage and facilitate alternative housing systems. Also: How to petition your government representatives to help bring about change.

Chapter 6. Maddux Home: Case study with unexperienced homebuilders and volunteers
Two artistsa stained glass artist and a woodworkerworked with more than 100 volunteers over nine years to create their handbuilt home using mainly reused materials and pieces of structural artwork.
Conclusion: An overview of the ways in which we can use nonconventional home building and financing to reclaim our right to housing that is healthy, socially and environmentally responsible, and financially sustainable.


Titel: Housing Reclaimed
Untertitel: Sustainable Homes for Next to Nothing
EAN: 9780865716964
ISBN: 978-0-86571-696-4
Format: Kartonierter Einband
Herausgeber: Ingram Publishers Services
Genre: Kunst
Anzahl Seiten: 208
Gewicht: 437g
Größe: H229mm x B192mm x T17mm
Jahr: 2011
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