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More than a DIY home-building story, Twisted Oak offers the reader an intimate account of crafting a home and a life from the inside out. With nature and its forces and humans and their follies as collaborators, author Kristina Munroe ’s optimistic voice leads the reader through a journey grounded in simplicity, beauty and ecology.
Kristina makes sure that we know how interesting and luscious life can be on the other side of the 9-5. Though your adventure may be in Durango, Taos, or across the globe, in an Earthship, a yurt, or something yet undiscovered, she reminds that we solve the same problems — which materials to use, what source of power and method to employ to grow food and manage water, and how to produce energy, and manage waste (to name a few). These are the seedbed for creativity, satisfaction, and even happiness. By sharing what brought her to her decision to live a hands-on life, we can recognize that it is more important to be willing and interested than skilled up in advance. What seems more important is a desire to grow and live in harmony with people, resources, and nature. Kristina lets us in on her creative process which produced a beautiful home that oozes with details and shines with achievement and thoughtfulness. Watch out, once you read this story, it may become impossible to settle for a standard lifestyle and cookie-cutter home.
Kristina Munroe’s whimsical, brave tale begins ‘on a dark and stormy night’ as she welcomes readers to join her on a humble journey to build Twisted Oak, her solar-powered, rain-harvesting, organically-inspired home — replete with an indoor tropical garden and loft — near Durango, Colorado. An engineer by trade, Munroe’s words are crafted as intentionally as the tires and timber that piece together Twisted Oak, making this vibrant book ideal for both curious architects and those seeking an energizing story about one determined mother’s leap of faith. Twisted Oak empowers our pioneer hearts to keep seeking ways to imagine a more sustainable way of life and, above all, realize that pipe dreams are in fact possibilities waiting to happen. Pairs best with either a cup of tea at sunrise or glass of wine at sunset. Happy daydreaming!