Jami McBride wrote:
I see you found your way over here after my invite So glad to have you joining in.
A couple of possible suggestions for your plan:
1. You could build your house using pole-beam construction to raise the roof right away and hold the weight...
2. As for interior walls - interior cob walls do not have to be thick at all, however due to your several story construction, standard cob walls in the basement would/could offer much support to the floor and then main-floor walls. Or you could run some beams through the interior as your support.
Be sure and check out the whole tree post for great inspiration...
If it were me..... I would use pole-beam of course. I would reinforce, with beams & cob, a room size area near the first floor kitchen to use as a root cellar. The rest of the basement I would mostly fill in, except for air ducks for a passive cooling/heating system. But these are just my preferences. I would also add a room running the full length of the south side of the house. To use as an in-house greenhouse, passive solar collection space. I'm not much into basements, although they have their pluses - I just don't love'em.
Why are you thinking flat roof - is it for that 'look' of an adobe dwelling? Just curious....
Ya...we were definitely planning on cob walls in the basement....then maybe we could use cob on the floor above it...but try to keep the cob walls above supported over a cob wall below. Is that what you mean? That would be great if we could. We can also definitely have beams...great idea.
paul wheaton wrote:
...Flat roof in idaho: uh .... well ... it is possible - but you will want to thoroughly research snow load.
Do you have pics?
What else can you tell us about the land?
Have you lived in a place as cold as idaho before?
Jami McBride wrote:
For 'speed' building:
I like a wattle-and-daub - ramming methodology: Thinner cob mix with wood forms for bracing while it is packed.
Regarding your flat-pavilion:
You could consider a wide Turret (more my romantic taste) have open sides and a pointed roof for the snow - win win See examples here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turret Make it open (no walls, just supports) on the top-floor of the house and have lots of windows on the first floor level, put your home office in there - or (for the obsessively practical) make a cistern in the turret, below your pavilion, to collect roof water run-off.
This isn't going to be a roof that just sits there accumulating snow. It will be more like an upper deck. The snow will be shoveled after each snow fall...just like any sidewalk or deck would be that you want access too.