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The Berg family's backroad home, off a southern Vermont dirt road, is a passive solar cottage that Don designed in the early 1980s.
Here's what some readers and reviewers said about the books:
The Backroad Home
"Hundreds of sources in it for all sorts of rural and country building materials. This is a must have book" - Tim Carter, Ask the Builder
"If you are thinking of building and find yourself sick and tired of the please-not-one-more-cathedral-ceilinged-media-room-approach to home design...Then look no further - Don Berg's "Backroad Home" is the light at the end of the tunnel.. ... this wonderful book provides inspiring, right on the mark designs, blueprints and resorces for older houses, cottages, cabins, backbuildings, barns, sheds...a perfectly edited compendium of resources for old house design, building and materials...Great reading, great writing and great fun. Thank you Mr. Berg for writing a book for "the rest of us" - Amazon.com Reviewer
"Here is a book that extols traditional styles and connects you to the architects who have adapted those styles to modern codes...Berg connects the reader to alternate plan sources, including log homes, timber frame, historic, magazine and Cooperative Extension plans, which are hard to find but nearly free." - Gene Gerue, author of How to Find Your Ideal Country Home
"If you want to get started right away with your cottage with some really attractive off-the shelf designs, this is the first book that you should but" - Jim Tolpin, author of The New Cottage Home
"Whether you dream of building a cabin in the woods or a porch-wrapped farmhouse, this book is sure to be a great source of inspiration...Don Berg has collected dozens of designs from America's best designers and architects and placed them in an exclusive book of country homes." - Timber Homes Illustrated
Barns and Backbuildings
"A must-have book if you're planning the construction of a small barn" - Charles Leik, editor of The Barn Journal
"It's about time someone put together a comprehensive source book devoted to barns. With over ninety designs, and sources for all the hard-to-find barn hardware and accessories, "Barns and Backbuildings" provides a valuable planning tool for anyone thinking about building a barn. Well-organized and easy to read, it's the best resource book on barns, large and small, that I've come across" - Amazon.com Reviewer
"Charming Outbuildings" - The Baltimore Sun
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