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jesse hoffman
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hello ya'll my name is Jesse Hoffman and I was given the opportunity to build a mini house (Pepinshire)
on the back forty on a farm in west WI!! the problem is I don't quite have all the answers on the problems
that I will be running into during this project. so I am going to start by telling you what I am doing and I'm
hoping for constructive feedback that will help with everything from construction to maximize life span, and
sustainability of the Pepinshire!!!

I will be building this on the bluff of a hill that over looks the flood plane of a cute small ta mid size river
that about 50 yards from the bottom of the hill. It will be north facing mini house that will be placed about
half the way up the hill' it a very step hill.

the mini house is 8' by 14' with loft.

my plan is to basically excavate, by hand, the soil, fill, or whatever I run into, to make a flat surface. toss
most of the earth on the bottom side so I can make a decent size patio. keep the top soil aside till the
end of the project cuz my plan is to turn the 8' by 14' mini house into a burn/earth house. I think I have
to pore a footing cuz the three buried walls (west, south, east wall) will be constructed of cinderblock the
north side wall will be mostly windows. On a side note I am hoping there is a different way to construct the
west south and east walls preferably wood not cinderblock?? Ideally I only want the north facing wall visible.
so... thanks for your time and feedback
michael Egan
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Location: central illinois
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Hi Jesse
Have you thought about an uphill patio? That would reiieve pressure on the uphill wall and help divert runoff before it hits your house.
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