Featuring a new Gaia House prototype design, a new Charter for Natural Building, and completely updated appendices on natural paints and varnishes, household cleaners, and indoor air pollution, as well as a mail-order resource list for furniture, carpeting, water filtration, and textiles, The New Natural House Book will help you create a better future.
How to: 1. Use the latest toxin-free materials; 2. Improve air and water quality; 3. Save energy; 4. Minimize maintenance; 5. Create green space; 6. Combat environmental hazards; 7. Incorporate aromatherapy and feng shui; 8. Design a personal space for contemplation; 9. Build an exercise room; 10. Use color, texture, and design to create a nourishing, stress-free environment for your family
The physical environments we live, work and play in have a direct, but often
effect on the harmony of our lives. Becoming aware of our interactions with these spaces
and making changes to improve them can help create balance and emotional well-being.
Healing Environments provides ways in which to reconfigure our lifestyles and surroundings
that will enhance our lives and spiritual beings. For instance, adding accents of silver,
the color of the moon, can aid creativity, soothe emotions and soften the ambience in our
surroundings. An architect by profession, Carol Venolia guides us beyond the structural
dimensions and into the sensorial realms of the spaces we inhabit. This book is presented
as a way to get to know ourselves and evaluate our environments, as well as to teach us
how the components of color, sound, temperature, light, arrangement and texture can be
cultivated to create a healthier and more fufilling existence.
The Natural House Book, first published in 1989, originated the phrase "natural
house" and established the presence of the Green movement in home design. Author
David Pearson has updated and expanded this eco-aware homebuilder's classic with new
resource listings, a new photo-essay in the introduction, and revised text describing the
latest and best developments in natural construction.
Featuring specific "how-to" projects written by specialists, as well as an index organized by city and region, this book is a natural for home builders, renovators, decorators, and fixer-uppers who cherish the environment now--and want to preserve it for future generations. Provides dozens of ideas on how to create a home that is compatible with holistic living, covering such topics as construction materials, soft energy, healthy lighting, natural furnishings, and nontoxic home care.