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A Carpenter's Life as Told by Houses

Haun, Larry (Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
A Carpenter's Life as Told by Houses
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"From one of Fine Homebuilding's best-loved authors, Larry Haun, comes a unique story that looks at American home building from the perspective of twelve houses he has known intimately. Part memoir, part cultural history, A Carpenter's Life as Told by Houses takes the reader house by house over an arc of 100 years. Along with period photos, the author shows us the sod house in Nebraska where his mother was born, the frame house of his childhood, the production houses he built in the San Fernando Valley, and the Habitat for Humanity homes he devotes his time to now. It's an engaging read written by a veteran builder with a thoughtful awareness of what was intrinsic to home building in the past and the many ways it has evolved. Builders and history lovers will appreciate his deep connection to the natural world, yearning for simplicity, respect for humanity, and evocative notion of what we mean by "home.""-- Provided by publisher.
Authors: Haun, Larry
Title: A carpenter's life as told by houses
Publisher: Newtown, Conn. : Taunton Press, c2011
Characteristics: 264 p. :,ill. ;,23 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Larry Haun
Contents: The soddy
The straw bale
The old frame house
The dugout
The pre-cut house
The adobe
The manufactured house
The quonset hut
The tract house
The habitat house
Small houses
The greenhouse
Summary: "From one of Fine Homebuilding's best-loved authors, Larry Haun, comes a unique story that looks at American home building from the perspective of twelve houses he has known intimately. Part memoir, part cultural history, A Carpenter's Life as Told by Houses takes the reader house by house over an arc of 100 years. Along with period photos, the author shows us the sod house in Nebraska where his mother was born, the frame house of his childhood, the production houses he built in the San Fernando Valley, and the Habitat for Humanity homes he devotes his time to now. It's an engaging read written by a veteran builder with a thoughtful awareness of what was intrinsic to home building in the past and the many ways it has evolved. Builders and history lovers will appreciate his deep connection to the natural world, yearning for simplicity, respect for humanity, and evocative notion of what we mean by "home.""-- Provided by publisher.
ISBN: 1600854028
9781600854026
Branch Call Number: 694 H373c 2011
Subject Headings: Housing United States History Vernacular architecture United States History Dwellings United States History
Topical Term: Housing
Vernacular architecture
Dwellings
LCCN: 2011021612
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List - A home of my own by: multcolib_tamaf Mar 18, 2014

Larry Haun's a cool guy and this is a cool book. He's been a carpenter and builder for decades and this book chronicles much of his life in house building. Black and white photographs.


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