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  • John Arnold says:
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    It’s okay, I didn’t really find the interior decorating …, September 20, 2016
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    This review is from: Creating a New Old House: Yesterday’s Character for Today’s Home (Hardcover)
    It’s okay, I didn’t really find the interior decorating to be all that stunning, or even traditional-looking in many places.
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  • Carolyn says:
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    As good as old…but newer!, January 24, 2012
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    This review is from: Creating a New Old House: Yesterday’s Character for Today’s Home (Hardcover)
    This book is turning out to be a great resource — even though i’ve dreamed of buying an older, hostoric home, it wasn’t in the cards for my husband and me…this book is giving us wonderful ideas for renovating our “newer” home to have old-home style and charm –> beautiful pictures and great narratives are offering us tons of guidance and inspiration!
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  • M. Prime says:
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    Five Stars, October 26, 2014
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    Beautifully written and photographed. Includes floor plans and detailed images. Excellent book.
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  • Andrew Coles says:
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    “Underground” Houses, April 13, 2009
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    This review is from: Earth-Sheltered Houses: How to Build an Affordable… (Mother Earth News Wiser Living Series) (Paperback)
    Really fascinating read, with great comments by the author. Rob Roy even details the mistakes he made building his own Earth Sheltered Houses. Loads of folks may discount this type of housing, thinking that they won’t want to be buried before their time! However, the author shows how even excavating as little as thirty inches depth will typically provide enough soil for berming against the three non-south facing walls (assuming building in the Northern Hemisphere), and six inches to cover the roof. The perhaps less obvious benefits (other than saving up to 80% on energy bills) are the protection offered from extreme weather and even earthquake damage. Plus an Earth Sheltered House will be much quieter than a normal surface dwelling.
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  • CDStclair says:
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    Great book, May 30, 2014
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    This review is from: Earth-Sheltered Houses: How to Build an Affordable… (Mother Earth News Wiser Living Series) (Paperback)
    This book was as expected based on other reviews that I had read on Amazon. Very detailed, and gives you great ideas for planning and building an earth sheltered house.
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  • Galen Nordland says:
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    The “Swiss Army Knife” of Earth-Sheltered construction, June 1, 2009
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    This review is from: Earth-Sheltered Houses: How to Build an Affordable… (Mother Earth News Wiser Living Series) (Paperback)
    I have a growing number of Rob Roy’s earh-sheltered construction books and love every one of them. He’s lived the experience and was forward-thinking enough at the time to take good notes and photographs that he later converted into well organized and written instructional books. He includes about everything you can think of that you need to know to build one of these structures and good guidance for checking with local ordinances before you begin. Whether or not you’ve built your home, this is the stuff to dream on and prepare and go on enjoying. Always Excellent!
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