Visit a dozen exciting homes where the owners have ignored standard building practices in favor of creative alternatives. These homes, found from Massachusetts to California, are expressive of individuality as well as artistry, and you'll be inspired to branch out and craft your own unique living space. Homes featured include Eliphante near Sedona, Arizona, a four-acre art installation complete with free-form rammed-earth buildings and handmade stained glass. You'll also tour the sculpted grounds and meditation huts of a recycling artist and guru, and the mystical home and gardens of Gnome Countryside, in southern Pennsylvania. See the latest take on the arts and crafts style in California, along with simplistic and beautiful straw bale homes in Virginia and Massachusetts. This book pays tribute to a long line of thrifty and artistically gifted homeowners who have created beauty from simple materials to live in homes that are art.