This seems like the best book on the subject, judging by the rave reviews at Amazon. Bill and Athena published a booklet called Earthen Floors quite a few years ago. I would love to build and experience living with an earthen floor. This book looks like a good resource so I added it to my wish list. This has always been my top choice for dirt cheap building. Extremely low cost. Super beautiful looks sort of like rich brown leather.
They can last for centuries. Non-toxic, do-it-yourself friendly. There are some real earthen floor experts in Crestone, Colorado where I used to live.
Lots of great examples in the area. Your email address will not be published. Thanks Sukita and James! This book will be of use and benefit to both experienced practitioners and those just dipping their toes into the subject of earthen floors for the first time. It is always a delight to find a well-written, clear and practical guide to natural building practice, and a special treat when fun and informative personal stories are interwoven with good graphics to bring the whole process to life.
This book makes a great contribution to the field on every level. With a style that is both comfortable and authoritative, this book offers the detailed instruction necessary for executing a quality earthen floor in a variety of different contexts. Crimmel and Thomson have drawn upon their extensive and direct experience in their craft and share valuable lessons learned with their readers.
From the exploration of the historical roots of earthen floors to a look at the future of how we can improve upon this practice, Earthen Floors is the most comprehensive and thorough resource on earthen floor technology available today. With Earthen Floors, Crimmel and Thomson offer a gift to the natural building community that makes this technology more accessible to DIYers and professionals alike.
In a thoughtfully presented text, we are now gifted with a compendium of information in one place, rather than the myriad conversations, tips, trials and experiments common in the last years of rediscovering and refining this valuable and timely technology. My clients and I will be indebted to Sukita and James for years to come. Help Centre. My Wishlist Sign In Join.
Earthen Floors: A Modern Approach to an Ancient Practice – William Stout Architectural Books
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Ships in 7 to 10 business days. Link Either by signing into your account or linking your membership details before your order is placed. Description Table of Contents Product Details Click on the cover image above to read some pages of this book! This detailed, fully illustrated guide explains every part of the process, including: Sourcing and harvesting materials Preparing the subfloor Pouring, finishing, and sealing the floor Living with and maintaining your earthen floor Because information on creating quality earthen floors was not previously widely available, there have been some negative experiences.
Industry Reviews "At last! Answer, why earthen floors? Compare and contrast earthen floors with other flooring options. Sharing some of the natural building philosophy. Distinguish between "dirt floors" and carefully made and cared-for earthen floors. History of the "modern-day" earthen floor movement.
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Trace its development and spread. Highlight some good examples of existing floors with photos. Discussion of which are necessary and which are merely helpful, and how to maintain your tools. Chapter 5: Making your mixHow to determine floor mixes, do tests, work with raw materials and calculate the amounts of materials needed.
Chapter 7: Preparing the work areaHow to get the room ready for the floor pour, how to minimize the mess and making the actual mix. Chapter 8: Pouring the pourTroweling, leveling, burnishing and drying. Chapter 9: Finishing the floorOiling, sanding, waxing, buffing!
Chapter Living on and maintaining the floorThings to be careful of: excessive moisture, heavy furniture, pointy objects.
How to fix cracks, chips, and dents. Maintaining and refinishing. Earthen floor tiles, burlap imbedded floors.
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