I sure wish you all were in the western NC area, I could definitely use all your mentorship!! Dale when I said I had a building that I would like to move I meant only select pieces of it, much of whosh isn't viable.. However the roof keeps the water out and I can store many things in it in the meanwhile!! Is yjere any way to find buildings that people want removed other than word of mouth? And Winsol do you have any suggestions for building a passive solar home? Thanks for your great resources!
Dale, I am also interested in deconstruction for reuse. I have an old building on our property that we would like to take down and use for building a place in the mountains. I would eventually like to get a plan with a materials list and start collecting stuff in order. Any ideas?
thank you for your responses and I have posted a question forestry forum. We are looking for someone with a portable mill who is in this area. As far as felling trees, my husband can take them down to start the drying process!!
Hi there!! I was wondering any of you have used trees from your land to build with... We have some pines that grew very tall and tend to blow over when the wind blows.We would like to have someone with a portable saw mill come and cut them into lumber. Are there special drying techniques for the lumber? Anyone have some thoughts? Thanks
People have told me they aren't worth reburbishing but I wish I had bought a cheap one and fixed it up temporarily then you can always pull it out when you are ready to build! When we are ready to build I am thinking of mimicking the floor plan of a double wide half the length and an upstairs loft. They seem to make good use of the sq. footage. Trying to learn all I can about passive solar and zero energy before then...
Tak so mykett!!Very nice work! I will be travelling to Sweden this August to visit family, and was hoping to pick some pointers on sustainable building... the green way of building in America seems to have been lost in our disposable world whereas in Sweden it has only been more sophisticated!!
We have in fact tried several of these approaches Our Airstream is 140' vertical from a creek. As of now we use a ram pump to bring water up hill. At one point we put our reservior uphill from the camper to gravity feed the camper, but there was little water pressure for showers and washing dishes. we then bought a transfer pump which gives us plenty of water but we must manually turn it off and on!!! in the future we are hoping to build a house, fully knowing that our nearby neighbors have spent $20,000 for their wells. we are seriously looking into other options
Yup!!! Thank God for our ram pump!! We bought ours from a company in Texas. The man was very helpful getting ours set up. We went with a 1" pump, the cheapest they made to see if we had adequate flow and fall. now that pump raises water 600' to our camp(140" vertical!) We were given an estimate of $20,000 for a drilled well which is not an option right now but we wanted to be able to enjoy our new piece of earth now... when there is a will there is away
Hi In an effort to clean up a bunch of pine trees the previous owner had knocked down my husband and I built a log cabin from the trees. This was a learn as you go project! We pretty much used what we had, as a result we have a whole lot of chinking to do!!Somewhere I read that you can use Styrofoam to fill some of gaps. I have been given a bunch of very dense Styrofoam. Now I wonder if we couldn't add it to the cement mixture after grinding it up. This would lighten the chink and make it easier to fill the gaps. But I worry about the environmental risk. All words of wisdom are welcomed!! Thanks!
Hi, My husband and recently bought land in the NC foothills. We call it our Kindle Hill for that is what it does for us. The former owner had cleared a part of it by knocking down every tree in his way. That amounted to just about all of them. He have worked the last two years trying stop the erosion. With many of the trees he knocked down we built a small log cabin shed. We have ram pump that brings water from the creek 500' below(140' vertically! amazing) We have parked an Airstream, the rusty cabin, until we are in the position to build... And this site is so amazing, so inspiring!!! This can recharge us so we can keep going My husband is loving the earth(underground?) homes. But our next task is a septic system We have even toyed with idea of digging it our selves. I just hate the thought of big machinery ripping up our precious hill again Are there any thoughts on this? Thank you for all your wisdom and... yes thank you for such a great website!