Building a Low Impact Roundhouse by Tony Wrench
In 1993, Tony Wrench evolved the concept of permaculture land, a low impact, sustainable way of life which included self-build with local materials, appropriate technology and food growing. In 1997 he and his partner built and moved into a low impact roundhouse.
In Building A Low Impact Roundhouse Tony shares his many years of experience, his skills and techniques, his ups and downs, always in a witty and inspiring manner. The book covers the process of visualising and designing a house through to the practical side of lifting the living roof, infilling the walls, laying out rooms and adding renewable, autonomous technology.
Building A Low Impact Roundhouse has become a classic text. Tony’s home and lifestyle have attracted the interest of the media and he and his partner continue to inspire many individuals and communities to seek out ways of living more sustainably.
The book is reprinted with a fascinating 10 year update which includes a major new section on the couple’s marvellous strawbale den. Tony also includes sections on the physical design and he writes about the lifestyle required for living in a roundhouse. He offers advice on roofs, floors, walls, compost toilets, wood stoves, kitchens, windows and on planning permissions. There are additional photographs of life in and around the dwelling and illustrations from the construction plans for this, one of the UK’s most unique of homes.
This true and captivating story covers the realising of a lifetime’s dream, as well as being a practical ‘how to’ manual for anyone who loves the idea of low impact living.
“Tony Wrench’s style of writing is humorous but to the point. He describes the building of the roundhouse in a casual manner and presents the project with an ease that allows the reader to access the information easily without the need to know any architectural jargon.” James Brimer, Mid Wales Permaculture Network
2nd edition published 2008 (first published 2001)
Size: 210mm x 150mm
Format: Paperback, 148pp. 7 colour and 91 b/w photographs; 21 illustrations