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Stone House Construction - Sarah Gunn

Stone House Construction

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Stone House Construction is a comprehensive study of Australian stone building techniques in a residential context.

It has a strong theme of historic stone buildings, as traditional forms of building respond to the need for structural integrity and stability over time against weathering.

The book covers aspects of local stone building, from quarrying on site to building arches over openings for upper story walls, and is a sourcebook of examples and methods to help the reader to carry on a tradition of building in local stone.

Stone buildings inspire people because they transfer a natural beauty to a human achievement. Using natural local materials is in accordance with the principle of thinking globally, acting locally. The book shows many examples of Australian stonework that have not been given exposure in previous architectural references. It promotes Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) through the continuation of a stonework tradition in Australia.

  • Describes classic stone construction techniques
  • Provides a comprehensive study of building in stone and includes a specification guide
  • Shows stone as used in different parts of building and landscape
  • Promotes ethical use of a readily available local material

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgementsp. x
Stone house designp. 2
Thermal comfortp. 3
The basics of passive solar house designp. 4
Room layoutp. 8
Daylightingp. 11
Construction considerationsp. 12
Thinking outside the squarep. 13
Cost-effective house designp. 19
Perimeter proportionsp. 23
Geology of building stonesp. 24
Building stonep. 26
Igneous rockp. 27
Sedimentary rockp. 31
Metamorphic rockp. 35
Qualities of building stonep. 37
Stone for heritage workp. 40
Siting and stone availabilityp. 42
The choice of stonep. 44
The sitep. 46
Variety in stone or other materialsp. 47
Where to quarryp. 52
The characteristics of a stonep. 53
Small-scale quarryingp. 60
Machine quarryingp. 62
Quarrying with hand toolsp. 63
Quarrying with explosivesp. 66
Granitep. 68
Basaltp. 68
Sandstone and other sedimentary stonep. 69
Slatep. 72
Limestonep. 72
Loading and unloadingp. 73
Shaping stonep. 76
Techniques of wall buildingp. 88
Footingsp. 89
Differential loading - doors and windowsp. 90
Damp-proofingp. 92
Weatherproofing window openingsp. 92
Setting outp. 92
Laying the stonep. 93
Rubble wallsp. 95
Measuringp. 99
Ashlarp. 101
Mortarp. 102
External wallsp. 106
Cavity stoneworkp. 106
Stone veneerp. 107
Formed masonryp. 107
Flagg's mosaic rubblep. 109
Framed formworkp. 110
Slipformsp. 110
One-sided formworkp. 111
Servicesp. 111
Finishing jointsp. 112
Cleaningp. 112
Upper wall constructionp. 114
Wall thicknessp. 115
Scaffoldingp. 117
Lintelsp. 119
Flat archesp. 121
Archesp. 123
Arch stonesp. 124
Windowsp. 126
Dormer windowsp. 126
Wall flashings.and drip mouldsp. 128
Arched windowsp. 129
Arch centringp. 131
Vaults and domesp. 133
Roof fixingp. 134
Parapets and upper wallsp. 135
Stone in the landscapep. 138
Quarry reclamationp. 140
Water and rockp. 142
Symbolismp. 143
The stone barbecuep. 149
Garden spacesp. 149
Garden wallsp. 150
The landscape as structurep. 152
Natural landscapep. 153
Fireplaces and chimneysp. 154
Proportionsp. 156
Dampersp. 160
Constructionp. 160
Storing heated air in a rock bedp. 164
Chimneysp. 165
Floors and stepsp. 168
Floorsp. 169
Heating and insulationp. 172
Stepsp. 172
Drawings and specificationsp. 178
Sketch plansp. 179
Working drawingsp. 180
Specificationsp. 183
Stone footingsp. 189
Retaining wallsp. 191
Archesp. 195
Glossary of masonry termsp. 203
Endnotesp. 208
Referencesp. 210
About the photographsp. 214
Indexp. 219
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ISBN: 9780643096370
ISBN-10: 064309637X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 1st May 2012
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 24.5 x 17.0  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.46