Monica Stuntz wrote:I think I am just going for squared building style as it will be a lot less complicated than the round rooms.
Amit Enventres wrote: What about pallets? Not many trees there either, I'm guessing? I cheat on pricing by going to the fencing section of the lumber yard. I find the cedar and treated lumber there much more affordable.
Amit Enventres wrote: You could also look into glass bottle house construction too for square walls that are strong and cheap.
Dakota Brown wrote: I believe that there are structural reasons for earthbag buildings being round, so you might want to check up on that.
Google "Cement Latex Roof" and "George Nez". I am going to make another poultry shelter in the bird's yard this summer and use this for the roof.
And I may experiment with this rapid set cement and cloth idea for one outside wall. Yeah, cement isn't very permie or environmentally cool, but I am really short on money and time and have a lot to get done this summer. This might get the extra room I need to keep some of my birds from bullying. Bob Campbell, the guy who made the video, says that it held up fine being outside over winter.
Krista Marie Schaus wrote:If watch catchment is a big factor, I worry you will have trouble catching clean water. It gets very windy and dusty in Arizona. I know most systems have a runoff to get the first few gallons of dirty water but that may pose issues. What if you built a super cheap water filtration system.