Vick Smith

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Judith Browning wrote:

That sounds like a wonderful fun house!

You are not alone in this forum...there are many here who have built or are building rather differently

Our first cabin years ago was a group project with not much collective experience...hay bale walls for the first few winters...a quick floor just before our oldest started to crawl...cedar shakes replaced after the first chimney fire...vertical log walls that made chinking quite difficult...sometimes we knew better and sometimes we didn't...sometimes we just do what's necessary at the time and move on.....


Thank you So Much for that. I've been stressing about it a lot lately and have been dreading people shaking their head and wagging fingers. Around here (local, not this forum!)  I get patronized a lot - 'silly girl building a house without a man!' And am just over it lol.
Well, I don't know how unconventional it is, but could probably use a professional's going-over, as I built it with my adult child..
I know. Plans, and drawings and calculations should be part of the mix. But I built it *sigh* by the seat of my pants. Please don't throw tomatoes - I know there's a right way to do this stuff, and I didn't follow the plans/etc. I'm living in a no-permits area, and so I just went for it.

Very simple structure, a henge with another henge on the outside 8 feet away to make a wide corridor -circle in the middle is unroofed, has a door in, it's a courtyard. You've probably built a card house along the same lines. South side extended for a large kitchen, whole wall is windows between the 4x4s instead of siding. Floor was earth - then the cats ripped it to pieces no matter what I did, so I went to laytex-crete ferrocement with burlap. (lay down damp burlap, squish in laytexcrete mixture, paint over it with more laytexcrete to make smoothish surface. -Needs another layer painted on -Cats can't rip it up.) Roof built like a deck, with the intention of eventually building a deck up there, but - due to some personnel changes, I can't complete it. I love it, really, but oh my gosh as I get older I realize there's going to be a lot of upkeep and and I may have to even knock the whole thing down simply because I can't keep it up, probably won't ever be able to totally complete the project and won't be able to sell it either.
Well, if there's anyone looking for land in TX with an unconventional structure....
Those of you building in rural areas, areas that don't require permits or don't ask about permits, what do you do if you decide you want to sell your land with an ... unconventional... structure on it? Knock it down and sell as land-only? Look for a fellow permie-type to take it off your hands and continue the trend? Asking for a friend. (Not really, asking for myself, lol)
I agree, they do kill gazillions of small mammals. Like rats. I like feral cats WAYYY better than I like rats. We have an LGD who keeps the cats away from the house (and HER cats, lol) so I don't worry about them predating any of our own animals... I like cats, and if I saw one dead in a trap, I'd worry that it actually wasn't feral...  because a feral cat looks JUST like a tame cat. And, even alive, many people can't tell the difference between a feral cat and a dumped off housecat... Or a lost housecat.
1 year ago
Yeah, we're pretty rural, but there are a lot of feral cats here. So no snaring for me, lol!
1 year ago
So how do you keep other stuff (like cats) from getting caught in the snare?
1 year ago
Oh awesome! That's great input! Thank you! There are a few oaks, though... The trees are mostly small - I bet I'll be able to use that space for SOMETHING!
2 years ago
In Texas - warm winters, hot summers, wet spring and fall, dry summers...
2 years ago
A few hours north of Houston, Corey. Roberto - thanks for your thoughts, and love the idea of flags and cobblestones. My kids are thinking more like turtles than lizards to help with wildlife - since they're less likely to get into anything else, being slow and non-climbey. Eldest child is all for importing an anteater and making it a kitchen pet. More research needed there! Overall, as with everything else here, it's a grand experiment, so will be fun to see what works and what doesn't!
2 years ago