by Larry Haun
Legendary builder Larry Haun recounts his unique personal story through the study of 12 houses he has built and lived in throughout the western United States and even as far away as Greenland.
Part memoir, part how-to book, it begins with houses constructed using local materials, such as his mother's childhood one-room sod house, or "soddy", built from earthen sod strips known as Nebraska marble. Haun's chronicle details the construction of a straw bale house, an old frame house, a dugout, a precut house, an adobe, a manufactured house, a Quonset hut, a tract house, small houses and greenhouses.
Along with describing how they were built, it includes personal anecdotes, poems and black-and-white photographs. Part biography, part reference book, it is a fascinating and informative read.
Hardcover, 5-3/4" x 8-3/4", 264 pages, 2011.