Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Cheap Reads: Prefabulous

It was only a matter of time before this title was used somewhere, anywhere, and here it is for $16.50 on Amazon. Sheri Koones' new book, published by Taunton Press, walks one through seven prefab approaches over the course of seven chapters titled Modular, Panelized, Structural Insulated Panels, Timber Frame, Log Construction, Concrete and Steel. It's nuts and bolts, not historical and experimental, but that probably means we're officially hitting mainstream status with prefab.

From the author, regarding her hopes for the text: "... by describing 7 different types of prefab construction ... that it will shed new light on this wonderful way of building a house. The houses profiled in this book are quite varied in size, style, and method of construction, but all of them were built in part or almost totally in a factory. In today's world I believe we are all concerned about preserving our resources and saving energy - prefab construction is an excellent option towards both of those ends. I have always hoped to be an advocate for the homeowner, providing options to help them make the best possible construction decisions."

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