Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Here's a little collection of construction techniques I'd like to try as we build the cabins on the property.

Cordwood - Combination of cob and cut ends of wood stacked to form walls.

Cob - Walls are built from a mud and straw mixture with a high clay content.

Bamboo and Mud - Walls are constructed of a loose grid of bamboo, and then filled with mud.

And, of course, simple wooden cabins, which are probably the fastest and easiest technique, but not the most environmentally friendly or aesthetically pleasing. The challenges with the first three techniques are protecting the buildings from moisture, and finding soil with a high enough clay content. To me, cordwood is the most attractive and probably the most moisture resistant of the mud based building styles. The bamboo and mud technique is probably the fastest.

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