And here is a video about one of the homes they've built. They've done a ton of little homes for and with their extremely capable kids now, and have a LOT of videos up with the process. Including plastering, which they have some worthwhile experiences and opinions about since they tried at least a couple methods. In my opinion, the weak point in these buildings is in the plastering method used.
I believe they did the training at CalEarth, in Hesperia, CA. CalEarth California Institute of Earth Architecture in Hesperia, CA My husband and I did the basic training at Calearth for the building part, and additional study in Joshua Tree at the Bonita Domes, where sometimes the owner holds day workshops showing how they were built and what she's learned in the years they've been standing.
The training at Calearth very worthwhile. If you can make the trip for one of their workshops, you can get not only hands-on experience, but also most of your questions answered. And you'll see their existing buildings, some of which are experimental and show a lot of learning lessons.
My husband and I are hoping to build this way in Cochise County in the future. Keep in touch!
Be joyful, though you have considered all the facts. ~Wendell Berry
We will be building a superadobe home in Pearce, AZ beginning soon (next couple months or so). We plan to start with a simple small structure based on training from CalEarth, which will be used for storage/utility. From there, water storage tanks and then main home. If you'd like hands-on experience, we'd love the help!
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