A Place of My Own… A Place of My Own Making, by Michael Pollan, the author of four New York Times bestsellers.

A Place of My Own… A Place of My Own Making, by Michael Pollan, the author of four New York Times bestsellers.

“A room of one’s own: is there anybody who hasn’t at one time or another wished for such a place, hasn’t turned those soft words over until they’d assumed a habitable shape?

Interior of Michael Pollan’s tiny home office.

Interior of Michael Pollan’s tiny home office.

Pollan turns his sharp insight to the craft of building, as he recounts the process of designing and constructing a small one-room structure on his rural Connecticut property—a place in which he hoped to read, write and daydream, built with his two own unhandy hands.

From the spark of an idea to the search for a perfect site to the raising of a ridgepole, Pollan revels in the infinitely detailed, complex process of creating a finished structure. At once superbly written, informative and enormously entertaining, A Place of My Own is for anyone who has ever wondered how the walls around us take shape—and how we might shape them ourselves.

A Place of My Own recounts his two-and-a-half-year journey of discovery in an absorbing narrative that deftly weaves the day-to-day work of design and building—from siting to blueprint, from the pouring of foundations to finish carpentry—with reflections on everything from the power of place to shape our lives to the question of what constitutes “real work” in a technological society.”

Read more at the source: Michael Pollan.com
Image source: AIA Dallas Young Architects Forum


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A Place of My Own — 2 Comments

  1. I remember the feeling when we built that small round house in Nepal. The most exciting moment was taking the frame out from the arches and seeing how they did not fall! I should try to get a copy of this book soon. Thank you Owen for this post. It is always very inspiring to see the energy you have brought to the natural building community. I am about to finish my Ph.d. dissertation and will be heading back to Nepal soon and one of the first thing I plan to do is to build my own house with mud, wood, a little bit of metal.

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