A Place of My Own

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A Place of My Own
A place of my own cover.jpg
1998 edition
AuthorMichael Pollan
PublisherThe Penguin Press
Publication date
1997, 2008
Media typePrint
Preceded bySecond Nature (book) 
Followed byThe Botany of Desire 

A Place of My Own: The Education of an Amateur Builder was Michael Pollan's second book, after Second Nature: A Gardener's Education (1991). In 2008 it was re-released and re-titled as A Place of My Own: The Architecture of Daydreams.

The book begins by outlining how Michael reached the decision to build a "writers house", and to build it himself. The second chapter covers the site selection process. The next chapter follows the design process, including references to Christopher Alexander's A Pattern Language. The following four chapters: Footing, Framing, The Roof and Windows deal with the construction process. The final chapter covers finishing works and moving in.

The book is not a how-to book for first time builder. It is a general overview of the building process, the experiences involved and the motivations of the author.

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