Build It Yourself
McHenry begins with a brief history of adobe and then moves on to the planning of the home, emphasizing the influence of individual ideas. The intention of this book is to help bridge the gap between architects, builders, craftsmen, and the unskilled but determined individual who wants to build their own home. This book outlines the technical aspects of adobe construction with several pictures and figures to simplify production.
The creation of a home, from the earliest design concepts to successful completion, is one of the most rewarding experiences one can ever have. McHenry's Adobe offers a realistic and straightforward guide to "doing it yourself." His advice regarding adobe is useful for professionals and amateurs alike.
"Covers every imaginable problem involved in building with adobe."—New Mexico Magazine
"A very competent book about adobe construction written by an adobe builder. . . . Whether one is contemplating or adready planning to build in the Southwest this book is a must."—El Palacio
"This revised edition includes the modern with the ancient; energy efficiency and code-meeting along with the traditional techniques and aesthetic considerations."—Essential Whole Earth Catalog
"Practical and informal, this book succeeds in its purpose: to inform, instruct and inspire confidence in the homebuilder—edging him delightfully into adobe territory."—Journal of Arizona History