We have always loved the look and feel of stone houses. They have an ageless quality that stands in contrast to the built in obsolescence prevalent in today’s world. Twenty five years ago we built own stone house. We researched the available methods, and settled on the slip-form technique popularized by Scott and Helen Nearing. We made several major improvements including better slipforms, creation of a reveal at face of the stones, and foam insulation built into the walls.
We have organized our book into two parts. Part I: The Art of Building a House of Stone details an Advanced Slipform Construction Technique from the gathering of stones to the construction of finished structures with a special section detailing building Garden Walls. Part II: From Dream to Reality – Building Our House chronicles our building experience in the summer of 1979 and offers comments gleaned from living in our house for more than a quarter of a century.
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By ken bogart
Dec 27, 2010
"The Art of Building a Stone House is a great book" Shortly after I decided I wanted to try and build my own stone house I began purchasing and reading every book I could on the subject. I should have bought only one...this one. This book was the best. Joe does an excellent job of describing and photographing the house at every step of the way. The book is very informative, and gives great tips that the others don't give. From the size of the footers, to help building the slipforms, to the placement of the stones. The stonework on my house is complete, and I'm working on the inside of the home now....you can do it to. Buy the book and get building. Thanks for the great book!!! I finished my house and moved in in 2009....I love sitting and looking at the stones inside the house. I couldn't have done it without the help and inspiration of this book and its photos...I highly recommended this book, it far more informative than the others.
"The Art of Building a Stone House" Thanks to this book, my impossible dream has become possible. For many years I have wanted a stone cottage in the country, but it wasn't until I read Joe Kohler and Mona Anderson's book that I seriously contemplated building one myself. Old stone houses rarely come on the market and are phenomenally expensive when they do. Somehow this very clearly written step-by-step book inspired me to take the necessary leap of faith to embark on such an ambitious project, just as the authors did themselves some years ago. The illustrations are fabulous and made me want to get started immediately. This book is a must-read for anyone who has ever dreamed of having a storybook stone cottage.
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