I'm selling my quonset hut type building kit. It's never been assembled and all there to the best of my knowledge. It is the equivalent of two or three pallets but weighs a lot. Buyer would have to haul and you would need a heavy duty trailer. I was going to turn it into a home but due to unforseeable events in my personal life I find it is now time to sell off most of my belongings and go on a journey to find myself. There are some really cool and interesting homes made from these types of buildings. Or you could use it for more common purposes such as hay storage, livestock shelter, machine shed, tractor barn, etc. I know that this isn't the prefered green or sustainable design most of us would want but it is an affordable and quick way to have a home even if you used it as a temp. home while you built your residence. I am asking what I paid which is $10,000 and that is only half of what Steelmasters would charge. Here is a video of the building process just to give you an idea.
Please help a young (25), recently single, desperate permie free himself of debt and free my soul. I'm located in Wayland, Missouri 63472.
By the way I am hoping to join a community or farm later this year to learn hands on the permie organic way and I love sustainable building methods and The Pattern Language is my favorite design book. If you know of anywhere I might fit in or needs an extra hand soon Please let me know.
thanks for the apology greggd but none is needed. im sorry that you thought that i was a smart ass i did not mean to be one sincerely. the problem with the internet is that tones do not get conveyed properly. It is easy to misunderstand someone . Honestly I just wanted to help you and was confused because psp is a term that oehler coined and I assumed that you read his book but hadn't included that in your text.I also want to build a modified oehler type psp home myself and I was trying to suggest some info I had found useful. Anyway remember that everyone here is here because we share the same interests and if someone is an a** maybe you misunderstood them. also maybe I can't convey my thoughts easily to be understood by others I am realy a peaceful friendly guy. And my name is toby woodbury from wayland missouri so im not hiding anything
If you know the term PSP then you must also have already read Oehlers book the 50 dollar and up underground house. other than that Oehlers dvd's and the collection of posts on this forum are the only places i've seen psp mentioned. Rob Roy has a book "the Earth Sheltered House" that is somewhat useful (living roof and waterproofing at least) although his home is bermed not pit like you want.
I love Pink Floyd, Bob Marley, Allman Bros. Grateful Dead and many more of the goodies that everyone knows. But here is one that few know His name is William Whitmore and he is from montrose Iowa. He is young but sings like an 60 year old farmer from 100 years ago. His songs remind me of home (he grew up about 30 miles from where I did) and good friends and loving family. Seriously check him out. http://youtu.be/DG3Oln7sgjU Also Mason Jennings is awesome. http://youtu.be/6DTiJHnF8tY And then there is Old Crow Medicine Show http://youtu.be/1gX1EP6mG-E and http://youtu.be/33lfmCgxdAw
Sure I could send you one or two. message me on here or send me an email with your address . I would diffently like to find some use for these. I checked out your website and you are quite gifted I love how you mix art with architecture. Great job.
In my area, Oldtimers say they plant a property line with hedge(osage orange) about 3 feet apart. They wait until the trees ar 6 to 12 inches in circumfernce then cut it off maybe a foot from the ground. In one season that stump will shoot up dozens of new branches straight up. Then they wait a few more years until those branches are 2 or 3 inches circum. and cut half them off in front and back but leave the ones closest to the other hedges and weave the cut branches between the still living ones. Repeat for awhile and since hedge is very rot resistit and thorny plus the new branches that will intertwine on their own it won't be long before your hedge is "Hog tight and Horse high"
I can see it fine but I know nothing about how this website works.An administrator may be able to help you .Its not really worth looking at any way. Unless you have an imagination and appreciate fingerpaints.
The cheapest floor I know of is Oehlers method of just leveling the dirt then lay a moisture barrier (plastic sheeting) then carpet over that. You get the softness of the earth but kept dry and clean by the plastic barrier. I mean imagine waking up every day and swinging your feet over the side of the bed and stepping on that warm solid terra firma. I can't imagine anything better.
Foundation is what I thought of too. I thought that most earthbags were filled within like 5 feet of the structure so there wouldn't be a need to move them. I am not planning on using these so if any one else would like to try it we may be able to work something out (trade for books) or you could ceck your local foundry, most areas have at least a pattern shop that may use these bags also, and see if they would like to donate to community sponsered recycling program or something. I thought that since these are so big, that ten of these would elimanate the need for 100 bags or so.
I am designing (mostly in my head) an Oehler home with clestories and uphill Patio, multiple levels and all. I have land given to me by my grandmother who would love to see an eco house of any kind be built . The land is a hill with a leveled off "step" on the south side about half way up which g-ma had built hoping one day for her house to go there. the soil is a red dirt with higher than average clay content but not so much that it is slick. I came across a few problems while reading his book some of which is answered on these forum pages. one problem was the clestrories which I really liked but in order for water to drain downhill it would meet one of the drip boards. I think I found a solution which is showed in my crappy drawings hopefully under this message. Any way look at my pictures and tell me what you think. And yes I draw like a Kindergartner.
First of all I'd like say hello this is my first post. Now to the point of this post. I don't know much about Earthbags but to me they are essentially sand bags filled with dirt and stacked on top of each other then covered in a layer of adobe or plaster of some kind . If this is true then would a bigger bag work just as well? You see, I work in a steel foundry in iowa and we receive large bags filled with silica sand all the time. These bags are about 3 1/2 feet tall and three feet wide and three feet thick when filled with sand. they are strong enough to support 3000 lbs on average. Perhaps you could use them for the bottom portion of the wall atleast? Normally my company just throws these in the dumpster but I think if someone could build there home with these then I would be happy to liberatre them from the dumpster. What do you all think? Sorry for the long message I'm not one for short text messages either.