A Place of My Own: The Architecture of Daydreams by Michael Pollan

By Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan's unequalled skill to attract strains of connection among our daily experiences--whether consuming, gardening, or building--and the wildlife has been the root for the preferred good fortune of his many works of nonfiction, together with the genre-defining bestsellers The Omnivore's Dilemma and In security of Food. With this up-to-date version of his previous ebook A position of My Own, readers can revisit the encouraged, clever, and sometimes hilarious tale of Pollan's consciousness of a room of his own--a small, wood hut, his "shelter for daydreams"--built along with his admittedly unhandy palms. encouraged via either Thoreau and Mr. Blandings, A position of My Own not just works to express the historical past and that means of all human development, it additionally marks the connections among bodies, our minds, and the flora and fauna.

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Laying brick goes quickly once you learn the technique of setting a brick with one hand while spreading mortar with the other. Brick is nearly maintenance-free. It doesn’t need caulking or staining like wood siding, and it only needs to be painted if you want to change the color. Brick won’t rot like other finish materials. Plus, it provides insulation, keeping a home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. See “Brick Veneer,” p. 118. See “Brick Walkway,” p. 174. Solid bricks have no holes and are best used as pavers.

The installation of manufactured stone can go very quickly, especially if there is a wide expanse of wall without windows or doors. This section of manufactured stone fits together well, is fairly uniform, and has only a couple of repeating shapes. manufactured stone See “Manufactured Stone Fireplace,” p. 202. Finishing Materials >> Materials and Methods brick T here are a few different types of brick used in masonry construction. Bricks with hollow cells are generally used for structural purposes or as veneer for walls, foundations, columns, and chimneys.

Trowels are usually available in 10-in. to 13-in. sizes. I have a 4-in. trowel the same shape (called a pointing trowel) that I use for laying brick and small stonework in tight spaces. The shape and size of the blade are ideal for transferring small amounts of mortar and spreading small patches. One person on my crew ground down his pointing-trowel blade to 3 in. and uses it for digging mortar from bucket bottoms and packing mortar between wall stones. See “Spreading Mortar for Concrete Block,” p.

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