So me and my wife are in the process of looking for our little slice of heaven to call our own and to build a Light straw clay and cob house for ourselves. The problem, which seems from reading to be similar to a lot of folks starting out, is those methods take a lot of time. And to properly site everything and plan it out, one needs to spend time on their land living. Also money is always needed, and its really hard to save when half your paycheck goes to rent every month.
So i've seen various ideas for "temporary" living accommodations that people have used such as RVs, yurts and such. We are in climate 4C, so I'm taking our very moist winters into account.
I really want to avoid building a house of traditional materials, before I build my house. It seems wasteful, and against the whole idea we've got going.
What ideas have you guys tried that might work for a family of 3 that needs to live for a year or two on their land, in an unfortunately coded area?
Was gifted the hand sculpted house as a Xmas gift and do have been thinking more on this... I feel if the code would approve a rubble trench foundation with a poured bond beam this becomes a bit easier to tie everything together. I mainly plan to use LAX, tho I really want to do a large open window setup out of cob connected on the south side for my office and the wife's crafting business.
I had similar thoughts as far as the rubble trench was concerned, though I'm not sure if I can get such a foundation approved here in WA state.
I'm trying to plan the main building to have enough space that expansion wouldn't necessarily be required, while keeping the original footprint low to make it an actually feasible build... it's quite the thought process.
I was wondering if anyone could point me towards any good books/resources for planning and building a house in sections.
I.e. I will buiuld this 20X30 section, than add on this section to the left later, than addon to the right... etc?
I've looked and am having no luck. Particularly in the areas of foundation, roofs and windows...
Alrighty, much discussion between me and my wife continues on the house idea. So far I've gotten her to agree to a ~700sqft octagon, with a half loft. Still unsure on roofing and such. Wraparound porch, 2 bed, either 1 or 1.5 baths. Materials are still up for debate. She loves cob now, but given where we live I'm not set on it. I've been leaning more towards light straw clay with a timber frame, but drying time out here would have to be carefully planned as our seasons are wonky. I also looked at possibly doing the exterior walls with faswall for speed/ease and the interior walls with timber/cob and or wattle/cob. Still searching for a nice chunk of land which would dictate a lot.
For y'all that have self built, does a 700sqft octagon, (12 foot wall sections) sound like to large of a build for someone new? Any opinions on Faswall as an exterior wall other than it being costly?
Any plugins y'all favor for housing design in Sketchup?
The hand sculpted house is on my must purchase list indeed! I've shared the points y'all have made with my wife and she definitely sees the issues with that design now. She did bring up circular homes though. Ive seen some designs that are circular with cob and like the flow of it for sure. My thinking was to start with a smaller circular building with the living room, dining and kitchen, and bedroom and expanding from there with additional small circular buildings, kind of like interconnected pods. Those could be shaped in the larger circle providing the courtyard... Does this seem more doable? Do pure circular houses still have issues on roof design?
Thanks guys! You have definitely hit upon issues we've been thinking about as well.We both just really like the idea of nice curves to the walls, which is one of the reasons we want to use cob. The roof has definitely been a perplexing part of the equation though. And the plan is for a house much larger than we need, especially at the start. I would scale it down, and remove unnecessary spaces from it. We can always build on additions if we find we need more rooms or such. We have one kid and some cats so we don't need so many bedrooms. Though a spare room for visitors would be nice.
I guess I can keep searching around for floor plan ideas, while I do more research on the whole building a house thing. Do you guys have a favorite site/sites for plans? Or for planning your own?
New member here, long time fan of natural buildings. Me and my wife have been dreaming up and boiling down ideas for an eventual house build we want to do. We are still really early in the idea phase so we're playing the crazy idea game. I found a circular floor plan on a dome house website and proposed the idea to my wife to do a circular house, with the inside as an open air courtyard. Like the attached picture, only the center is open, with a bit of roof extending inward for the walls. Would build a porch/outdoor kitchen inside there, as well as a nice outdoor hangout spot. That's the dream anyway!
Now, for reality. Is this something that can be done in cob or balecob? We live in the PNW here in Washington state, westside of the mountains... Hence I haven't decide on pure cob or going for more insulation. Is this plan ridiculous large and unnecessary for first time builders? Have our dreams outpaced reality? People who have built them, what would you say?
Thank you very much, I look forward to digging into and reading a lot more on this site.