This fourth edition is fully updated with photo’s and construction illustrations for one of the UK’s most unique homes.

Tony shares his many years of experience, skills and techniques used to build this unique and affordable low impact home. Always witty and inspiring, the author explains the process of visualising and designing a house through to the practical side of lifting the living roof, infilling the walls, laying out rooms and adding renewable, autonomous technology.

Building A Low Impact Roundhouse has become a classic text sold all over the world. Tony’s home and lifestyle have attracted much media interest and he and his partner continue to inspire many individuals and communities to seek out ways of living more sustainably. Now in its third edition, with a fascinating 10 year update including a major new section on the couple’s marvellous strawbale den, Tony also includes sections on the physical design and he writes about the lifestyle required for living in a roundhouse. He offers advice on roofs, floors, walls, compost toilets, wood stoves, kitchens, windows and on planning permission. There are additional photographs of life in and around the dwelling and illustrations from the construction plans for one of the UK’s most unique of homes.

This true and captivating story covers the realising of a lifetime’s dream as well as being a practical ‘how to’ manual for anyone who loves the idea of low impact living and wants to self-build an affordable, organic home.

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Book Details

Published: June 2014

ISBN: 978 1 85623 174 9

Size: 210mm x 148mm

Format: Paperback, 160pp. Colour and black white photographs plus illustrations


Tony Wrench has spent many years designing and implementing both renewable energy and building projects. He lives with his mate Jane Faith in the community at Brithdir Mawr, in Pembrokeshire, Wales. Their principles are sustainability, simplicity and spirit. Tony lives luxuriously, well below the poverty line, working on things permacultural and wooden. He makes his living from wood turning, singing and playing musical instruments (some homemade) with the local circle dance and Ceilidh band, Rasalila.

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