jesse dylan wrote:Sounds interesting. What sort of plants and animals do you have around there?
Seems to me that the cheapest way to build is with what you have. Design and engineering can be a hassle and take time as you mentioned but can save alot.
Earth bags are the woven plastic bags/tubes the are filled and smashed right?
Kaye Harris wrote:We have a lot of chet on the surface, and the environmental experts told us there is a lot of limestone in the area.
I'm new and not sure how to reply but here goes, live in AZ, and I love the earth bag homes! I have so many of my own ideas that started flowing after I watched YouTube videos. They are amazing and easy to build! This is my plan if I ever find some land.
Kaye Harris wrote:We've researched cob, straw bale, and earthbags. I don't like the cost and transport involved with straw, and cob would take FOREVER. Overall, earthbags would require less imported materials than the other two methods on our site, and less time than cob.
So...at the moment, I'm considering an Oehler-style earthbag compound structure. Dug into the hillside, rubble trench foundation, sloped roof diverting rain water further down the hill, and a shady terraced garden view. We could probably put some cob on top of the earthbags to make direct contact with the roof beams, which will be slanted. If we can play well with water and shade, we may be able to put rocks and flowing water from the root cellar in the terraced area to act as a natural air conditioning. It would have to then be diverted away from the walls, though.
Jason Learned wrote:I was thinking about this today after my last post and wondered about building using rammed earth. Might be a compromise between cob and earth bags. Not too hard to build, good forms and a backhoe and some sort of compactor.
Kaye Harris wrote:
I did research on rammed earth, and it seemed like you needed a lot of special imported clays and sand to essentially make smooth sandstone. Could I really take what I have (adding the right amount of sand) and just pound it into a frame, stones and all? That would save a lot of time, but it seems too good to be true. Also, don't you need a typical foundation for RE? I would really like to do a gravel drain plain/rammed earth floor as I do not want concrete.