Jennifer Richardson wrote:I really want to use as few purchased or imported inputs as possible and make good use of local resources (naturally occurring and perhaps repurposed from other structures).
I really like the aesthetic of cob cottages from the UK--you know, stuff that looks like a hobbit lives there--but I also want to look into any vernacular traditions that exist in my area or similar climates.
I would much rather spend two days doing something by hand than five minutes with a chainsaw or similar.
I wonder if you could comment on timber framing for adobe brick structures, as opposed to puddled adobe or cob--I read that it has been done, with adobe bricks infilled into a timber frame, but most of what I see and associate with traditional adobe seems to be unframed.
Are you more comfortable with forgoing a timber frame and building structural walls with adobe brick as opposed to something like cob, or would you still recommend a frame?
Another thing Dad mentioned was the foundation, which I want to make a note of before I forget--he said things here need a solid slab foundation, and that houses on blocks or similar shift too much here and none of the doors will open/close correctly, etc.