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Green Book Review – Natural Remodeling

by Hilary Sopata

Natural Remodeling for the Not-So-Green House
Bringing Your Home into Harmony with Nature
Written by Carol Venolia and Kelly Lerner

Natural Remodeling for the Not-So-Green House is written with a heart.  Carol Venolia and Kelly Lerner have a great understanding of the fact that people might be in very different places on the path to their own sustainable home journey.  No matter where you are now on that path, you can jump in and do something to, “bring your home into harmony with nature.”  Venolia and Lerner point out throughout the book the “low-hanging fruit things you can do today,” but they also dive in and push the boundaries to show you what you can do to your home to harmonize it with nature sharing with you straw bale construction and reed fencing porch ceilings within the first couple of dozen pages.

Venolia and Lerner stress throughout their book the importance of designing a home for your particular climate zone.  I really enjoyed the analyzations of the usage patterns of particular rooms and the forethought of including air and water conditions into the design plan based on the prevailing weather patterns in the region.  This book is filled with photos, charts, and diagrams of different shapes and sizes portraying information from the most basic levels to the more complex issues of the sustainable home design process.

In summary, Venolia and Lerner share with you an excellent balance of showing you the possibilities for a truly eco friendly house while bringing you practical guidance and information through sage advice about what the remodeling process really is going to be like.  I highly recommend this book for the value of all of the information contained as well as the warm, personable way it is written.

Venolia, Carola and Lerner, Kelly (2006). Natural Remodeling for the Not-So-Green House (1st ed.). Lark Books. ISBN 13: 978-1-57990-654-2  ISBN 10: 1-57990-654-0


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  1. * Susan Olson says:

    Sounds like a great book! I will be sure to check that out. Thanks for sharing:)

    | Reply Posted 8 years, 1 month ago

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