Adobe structures are not just for hot and dry climates, explain construction engineer Lisa Morey Schroder from Canada and the late Vince Ogletree from Australia. Adobe Homes is a handbook for the do-it-yourselfer and experimenter—Simple, Affordable, and Earthquake-Resistant Natural Building Techniques. Fully illustrated, with charts, color photos, and quick list sidebars, the book guides your through the process, from design to materials, site preparation to making adobe bricks, from preventing cracks to creating adobe brick arches. This book invests in your future. Chelsea Green Publishing (2010).
New Mexico native Laura Sanchez presents 12 plans for building with adobe, one of the world's most energy efficient materials. Along with her husband, Alex, Sanchez and Sanchez have given us designs that are flexible and expandable. But this is no ordinary plan book. The Sanchez's spend the first hundred pages describing adobe technically and historically before even getting us to the house plans. The richness of southwest architecture comes throug. (2008)
Paul Graham McHenry's oversized paperback lays the foundation for what you need to know before building your adobe home. Covers all aspects of construction from building codes to energy requirements, although no actual floor plans are included. A good practical resource for helping you decide whether to actually "do-it-yourself" or hire a builder.
Architect William Lumpkins was an influential designer in the American Southwest. His plans in this series are patterned after Pueblo-style dwellings that were never executed, but provide examples of native architecture for modern times. The book includes 47 projects and 94 drawings of modern adobe homes, along with Pueblo source material and floor plans.
Author Marcia Southwick asks the practical questions: "Where will you put it?" and "What will you spend?" then provides no-nonsense information to answer them. The 235-page book has hundreds of photographs, drawings, and house plans, and is a good overview for those who are considering the adobe lifestyle.
For novice and expert alike, here's a description of many aspects of adobe construction, including plumbing, electricity, heating and cooling, fireplaces, flooring, window and door frames, roofs and more. Author Duane Newcomb's field manual guides you through every step of the process, from selecting a site to excavating to making your own bricks.