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Adobe Bricks vs. Earthbag or...

 
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Looking for some direction. We have a small piece of land in the Mountains south of Oaxaca City Mexico, it's a zone 7-8 with a rainy season of about 4 months that sees torrential rain and flash flooding. The land has a nice slope that if used appropriately should keep water from pooling around the house...
Locally adobe brick or concrete brick is typically used. The homes I've seen that are adobe brick literally looks like mud huts lol, but I think that is because they belong to the poorer of the community and are not able to do proper sealing and upkeep etc... Adobe bricks can be made nearby at about 0.40usd each.
I like what I have seen in Earthbag homes but I don't think I'll be able to find anyone locally with knowledge about how to build it and thus I worry about trying to manage the project on my own whilst still working full-time (albeit online).
The other consideration is we need a large home. We have 10 children, half are adults/nearly adults and we'd like to be able to give them some space...

I hope to break grown in November and finish by May
Any direction is appreciated.
 
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Hi Nathan;   Big Welcome to Permies!
I think that the adobe brick would be my choice. The price is right and the locals are accustomed to building with them.
Make sure you design in proper drainage and a large overhanging roof. When finished give it local flora as landscaping and I think your new home will be the best in town!

Please post  photo's as your project gets started.
 
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