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Housing Reclaimed


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Introduction; All in the Family; A Brief History of Housing Finance; No-Debt Newlywed Dream Home; The Economics of Reclaimed Houses; The Art of Home; Building Basics; A Tall Order in Texas; Making Deconstruction the Standard Model; Building Hope; Filling in Urban Centers; Reclaiming the Inner City; Salvaging Smart Cities; Conclusion; Index.

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How to build community, reduce waste, and create affordable, unique homes.

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Jessica Kellner: is Editor-in-Chief of Natural Home magazine ( and a passionate advocate of using architectural salvage to create high-impact, low-cost, health-conscious housing. She writes and speaks about practical, easy and inexpensive solutions for healthier and more environmentally sound homes and lifestyles, with an emphasis on the values of recycling and using reclaimed materials. Inspired by common sense ways to achieve the good life, Jessica loves living and working in the overlap between modern technology and ancient wisdom.


Jessica Kellner's book comes to us in the nick of time. We need a new, more enlightened approach to housing and this book provides the roadmap. Housing Reclaimed could put a whole generation on the path to comfortable, secure sustainability. Jessica has written a beautiful and necessary book that everyone who lives under a roof should read. -- Bryan Welch, Publisher, Mother Earth News, Natural Home & Garden and the Utne Reader Author, Beautiful & Abundant: Creating the World We Want In a time when so much of the news around housing is negative, Jessica Kellner offers an optimistic but practical approach to building a home--mortgage free! Jessica proves that, with a little creativity and a willingness to step outside the constructs of modern housing, anyone can build a dream house. -- Robyn Griggs Lawrence Author, Simply Imperfect: Revisiting the Wabi-Sabi House

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