Im building my first Loadbearing strawbale house, but im worried that there isnt enough bales in the walls to carry the roof.
i´ve been reading Barbara Jones book Building with Straw Bales.
Here is some of the principles that i have been following
"Do not have any places in the wall (eg beside a window that are lesse than a half bale in length"
"Spaces between openings should be no ess than one bale length"
"Window and door openings must be at least one bale length away from corners in loadbearing design"
According to my drawings, Am i understanding this right?
I would be very happy if someone answered this question, but i would also appreciate a simple "looks good"
Also im uploading our rural zone permit, where more drawings is included.
There are reasons for her recommendations.
If openings are too close to corners and openings are wider than a bale length there are dangers of collapse if the bales are load bearing.
To prevent collapse with windows being wide, large lintels or overhead beams will be required.
Corners need to be self supporting to carry any roof load.
And if stacks of bales are only 1/2 a bale wide, the issue of being self supporting is again an issue.
Her notes are all related to that issue.
If columns are included in the design when spacing is too small, collapse may be prevented.
John Daley Bendigo, Australia
The Enemy of progress is the hope of a perfect plan