the road away from hell
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great photos! thanks!
Posted by: casemeau | 01/19/2007
Those are some lovely homes. I have a brick home and simply adore the low maintenance. I wonder how those homes do on long term maintenance? I know they day will come when I'll want less space than I have now and cob/earth homes seem to fit the bill.
Posted by: Frank Black | 01/20/2007
Your very lucky to live in New Zealand! Due to the temperate climate and the remoteness I'm sure it will be one of the best places to live for surviving the collapse.
Posted by: John Giroux | 01/20/2007
We're on the road but here's a few quick answers to the questions raised.
Frank, the maintenance certainly has the potential tobe an issue, if you put plenty of cement in the mix it will be quite long lasting, if you don't then maintenance is quite simple with an earth plaster being an easy thing to mix up and apply.
In NZ though we are required to use eve overhangs that are suitable for protecting the walls - depending on local wind and the quality of the materials used.
John - I hope you're right, my only fear is that it becomes a getaway for wealthy corporate types.
Chris, one of the ways that people have started to do this is by erecting a post and beam structure and putting the roof up first (as one of the pictures showed I think). It makes it easy to work in any weather and it avoids the whole structural issue. I do hear that people in Nelson (NZ) have developed a method od really thick walls that enables them to get even further away from modern techniques but a lot of the stuff we looked at had steel reinforcing in it. I think this does compete easily with modern techniques because anyone can do it - so you cn save on the labour. In the end though, I want to learn about it for the time when modern teachniques are no longer available to us.
Jim, what you are doing sounds interesting, I had thought that the high-paper content bricks were a bit laborious to make but I haven't actually built a house yet so you may wish to correct me. From what I have learned insulation is not a big deal with these places as the mass stablises the temperature so well that even if you open the door in winter and let the cool air in it will warm up again quite soon (in NZ). That said people are working on higher insulation methods down here so that they will meet the ever increasing standards.
Posted by: Aaron | 02/14/2007
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