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The New Adobe Home
 -By Michael Byrne
   and Dottie Larson

  ISBN-10: 1423602730
  ISBN-13: 978-1423602736

If you pick up a copy of The New Adobe Home you might find yourself wanting to build. This book, written by Michael Byrne and Dottie Larson, features the use of adobe through a variety of elegant homes in New Mexico, Arizona, California and Mexico.

    Both of these reviewed books are available from Amazon.com and booksellers everywhere.
Through vibrant photographs captured by Amy Haskell, this book highlights the history, furnishings, art, interior and exterior spaces of adobe construction, adobe style and adobe detailing.

Within the pages, luxury adobe and adobe-style homes range from a centuries-old renovated hacienda, once the home of a past president of Mexico; a mid-century Clifford May masterpiece; a luxurious estate that pairs Southwestern style with Asian influences and a contemporary dwelling that sits like a sculpture in the Sonoran Desert.

Michael is a principal with the WLB Group, Inc., a firm offering planning, landscape architecture and engineering services. Dottie is an interior designer and artist. Amy specializes in architectural photography.


Building Green, New Edition:
A Complete How-To Guide to Alternative Building

 -By Clarke Snell and Tim Callahan
  ISBN-10: 1600595340
  ISBN-13: 978-1600595349

Building Green has proven to be a popular book on green building, and with Building Green, New Edition: A Complete How-To Guide to Alternative Building, the best-selling and highly regarded reference to sustainable construction is rejuvenated with a revised introduction, a bright new cover and extensive online resource tie-ins.

This book doesn’t just tell you about “green” house-building techniques, it shows you how to be more green. More than 1,200 step-by-step photographs (following the actual erection of an alternative building from site selection to final-touch interior details) adorn the 616 pages of this book. Along with sidebars throughout, there’s a thorough discussion of the fundamentals of building construction, alternative approaches and designing a beautiful yet environmentally responsible home.

Building Green, New Edition: A Complete How-To Guide to Alternative Building provides an informed perspective on residential building, not limited to one form or another of green building, but informing the reader of the dangers and best possibilities in every building situation. ///
 
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