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Remodel and retrofit with natural building

 
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This area was a screen porch off the kitchen facing east.  If you look at the last picture which shows the edge of the greenhouse area you can see the type of wall system it had, a row of tall, single pane Windows held in with 4 clips which can be swapped out with screens.  The only doors to the outside were at either end and with such a narrow space that made it unusable.

The south east end was left as is for the walls and had a south facing sliding door so I took off the roof at that end and replaced with corrugated clear panels, then put up a door and wall at the back to separate from the rest of the room.  So that gave us a 10'x9' greenhouse room that is good for seed starting, tool storage and provides a lot of passive heat to the rest of the house on cold sunny winter days.

The outer walls on the rest of the room were insulated with light straw clay after a new entry back door and a used double pane window were added.  

One of the interesting things learned from this project is how well the light straw clay walls have held up.  That is the main reason I took these photos to post here.  You can see that there was a very small start to exterior plaster in one spot and otherwise the project was left unfinished for now. So this is 8 or 9 years left unplastered.  And the walls are fine.  It is rice straw.
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Light straw clay wall
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Outside of same wall
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Inside next to door
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Outside same by greenhouse area
 
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I just went out and took these to show the outside transitions from the standard to light straw clay to standard again and the to cob.  This is all add ons on the east side of the main house.  The main house is 2 stories tall, then a flat roofed garage is attached to the north, behind the cob addition.  The north side of the cob transitions to the plywood siding of that garage space but there are too many bushes to get a picture

First photo is greenhouse on the south east.  Then new door which is online with the back door into the house proper.  The next door is the front door to a separate unit I made, kitchen, bath, large studio with wood stove the round cob addition realy makes that space nice
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Greenhouse eastbdide
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Extra room and protected entry to main house
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Front door to cob studio, entry is into kitchen, shed under window houses a washing machine and electric tank water heater for the unit
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Moving into cob
 
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