Stone House Construction

June 2012
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  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    6th June 2012
  • ISBN 9780643096370
  • Language English
  • Pages 232 pp.
  • Size 6.75" x 9.75"
  • Images line drawings, b/w & color photos

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

1 Stone house design
2 Geology of building stones
3 Siting and stone availability
4 Small-scale quarrying
5 Shaping stone
6 Techniques of wall building
7 Upper wall construction
8 Stone in the landscape
9 Fireplaces and chimneys
10 Floors and steps
11 Drawings and specifications

Sarah Gunn

Sarah Gunn is an architect whose involvement in building with stone began while at the University of Melbourne, with a job for her mother. The project was a country house with a tower, near Hepburn Springs. Sarah and her husband traveled around Victoria and New South Wales seeking out stone houses and quarries to photograph, and to learn from people who were building in stone. She continued her architectural work in Castlemaine, then South West Rocks NSW, where she formed a partnership, Gunn and Scott Architects. She has contributed to the Good Wood Guide and grows rainforest trees on her property.