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Ben captivated the nation by building his woodland house on Channel 4’s Grand Designs programme. This is both a volume for the armchair enthusiast who enjoyed the programme and an inspirational guide for those wishing to build a similar structure. Beautifully illustrated with over 100 colour photos. This is also available as an eBook

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Designed as a dual purpose book, it is both a volume for the armchair enthusiast and an inspirational guide for those wishing to build a similar structure. Beautifully illustrated with over 100 colour photos, this step-by-step guide shows how Ben built his home, hewn from his own woodland, for under £28,000. It covers the basics of self-building and gives full details of the evolving design process, the identifying of materials, costings, project management and the actual building stages, from foundations and frames, through to interior features. Includes, a seven year update detailing the extension of the house, natural insulation trials, roundwood engineering calculations.



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Author Ben Law, Kevin McCloud (Foreword)
Short title The Woodland House
Long title The Woodland House - Second Edition with Seven Year update
Publisher Permanent Publications
Page count 96
Language No
ISBN-10 1856230449
ISBN-13 9781856230445
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The Woodland House is a gorgeous and glowing testimony to Ben's house. Review by Rob Hopkins, Permaculture magazine
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Ben's approach to building his house started with the materials. He selected the poles he wanted to build with and designed around them. He used no cement, no glues, no plastics, no rockwool, no toxic timber preservatives, no plasterboard, no PVC fascia boards, no polystyrene... This in itself is a hugely important statement at the peak of industrial civilisation. His house is a fusion of the best of the old and the best of the new. Solar panels sit alongside traditionally pegged joints. Highly efficient glazing sits in local timber frames. People sense from this house a connection back through history to a vernacular way of building that feels right. It embodies what Christopher Alexander calls a 'Timeless Way of Building'.
The Woodland House is a gorgeous and glowing testimony to Ben's house. It has enough text to tell you what you need to know, but it lets the colour photos do most of the talking, and the result is a beautifully produced book that you could leave on any coffee table, it would melt the most hostile of hearts. It has an excellent collection of resources and other information, and it does what Permanent Publications books do best, it celebrates its subject, while at the same time passing on the practical tools to allow us to make one ourselves. (Posted on 01/07/2010)
The Woodland House is a fascinating chronicle of a dream and how one's wildest fantasies can be realised with application and support. Review by Good Woodworking
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Devotees of Channel 4's Grand Designs will probably know all about Ben Law and his house, built for less than £30,000, and the envy of most the civilised world. The Woodland House is a fascinating chronicle of a dream and how one's wildest fantasies can be realised with application and support. The clear photography charts Ben's journey and there are enough links and information to kickstart anyone intending to follow his path. You simply can't help warming to the integrity of this woodsman and his life. (Posted on 01/07/2010)
If you're one of the over five million viewers who watched Ben you'll love falling into this amazing book Review by WAVE Magazine
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Ben Law's unforgettable appearance on Channel 4's Grand Designs is captured stunningly in this beautiful record of how Ben built his woodland home. An innovative woodsman, he created one of the most sustainable homes in the country, and here he details his design process, materials and costings, proving that it is possible to go for high aesthetics and low cast and impact. If you're one of the over five million viewers who watched Ben you'll love falling into this amazing book; facts given, knowledge shared and information aside, the photographs of the outcome of the project can't fail but leave you with a deep longing for the spaces created. This is a dream that did come true and is all the more inspirational because of that. (Posted on 01/07/2010)
...an icon of the movement to combine ecology and ethics in design. Review by The Guardian
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The quaint wooden house in Prickly Nut Wood is no fairytale concoction - it is an icon of the movement to combine ecology and ethics in design. (Posted on 01/07/2010)

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