Hello All, I am new to this forum. I feel overwhelmed with good info at the moment. Needless to say this is right up my alley.
Im trying to formulate a plan for a sm. earthbag home (800 sq ft) I get the basic concept and feel certain I could figure out how to build it. Just not sure how I want to get there. Id like to bounce a few ideas off your heads. First off I should lay out what I do know I want (I think) This will be my retirement home. A small ,neat,rectangular home built with dirtbags. Ok first bounce, Concrete floors vs conventional joist flooring? I didnt include earthen floors as thats not going to float with the wife. Im leaning to the joists as we will be growing old there .A joists floor will be easier on us , not to mention easier on the hips if we should fall. I do like the was a stained concrete floor looks. Idea 2, Vaulted ceiling and loft or 8 ft flat ceilings? The loft and vaults ceiling would be great to make a small house feel bigger and give some extra heated space. The down side is the heat issue. Being as we are cold natured It just seems natural to stay with a flat ceiling . Cost of heating would be better as well
As for a heat source,I like the idea of a RMH but did like the idea of it taking up limited space or having a hard bench to sit on. I came across a Russian heater on this forum. I love it. I could stack my mass up rather than laying it out. I dont know much in regards to the pros and cons to either. Im sure either would work well.
These are my concerns at the moment. I just want to have a well thought out plan . That will equate to a simple,efficient and happy home. Thank you all for your advice