the road away from hell
Casemeau requested more pics from my earth buliding course so here's some from the places we visited
the microwave plate window from the previous post is in the centre of this pic. The rest of the house is yet to be built but since there is no need to wait for plasterers and painters they haved moved in right away.
earth floor with pretend tile pattern, from a very flash house. I was only allowed to take photos of the floor, nothing else.
a glass blower on a rammed earth wall.
rammed earth house - a bit dark I thought, mind you it was so wet that day I couldn't tell where the sun was
A potter's house/work/shop/teaching facility under a Karaka tree
looking down a stairwell, the walls have a limewash on them. The bottom steps are earth.
Under construction, a combination of rammed earth and in-situ adobe. The small windows in the far corner are large bottles with marbles in the bottom. New Zealand is a major earthquake zone (like California) so a lot of timber and steel structural support is required by council. This can be avoided if you make the walls thicker (like the Great Wall of China)
The class gathers round the mobile desk. Note the twisted roof. Also note that the post and rooves are put up first so that the rest of the building can continue shaded from the summer sun and the unseasonal showers we've been having.
This is the house that has the finished bedroom with the microwave plate window (out of shot) The owners, who had no previous building experience were building the house. They had also saved costs by shifting an old house bus on site to live in while the main house was under construction.