• Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education skip experiences global resources cider press projects digital market permies.com private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Anne Miller
  • Pearl Sutton
  • Nicole Alderman
stewards:
  • Mike Haasl
  • r ranson
  • paul wheaton
master gardeners:
  • jordan barton
  • John F Dean
  • Rob Lineberger
  • Carla Burke
  • Jay Angler
gardeners:
  • Greg Martin
  • Ash Jackson
  • Jordan Holland

balecob home on earthbag foundation--building progress

 
gardener
Posts: 703
Location: SoCal USA
142
cat dog trees wofati composting toilet bike solar
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
The place is looking great!I really like the plaster work, I hope to include some in my future home that I've been pondering lately. Part of the pondering is the build scheduling, getting everything done by the first winter if starting in the spring as things dry out.

Have you noted any gotchas as far as what you planned versus what actually happened, if you had a schedule you were trying to stick to? Or is this place a "when it's done it's done, and we can move in after that"?
 
pollinator
Posts: 406
Location: Victor, Montana; Zone 5b
126
hugelkultur forest garden composting toilet building rocket stoves
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Our schedule was really to get it the house by the end of this year, we stuck to our schedule last year and got the roof on before it snowed.

We definitely altered parts of the house while we built to fit our time and materials available. The lofted section ended up being built much different as we were rushed last year to get it covered. I ended up building a framed in straw bale wall to save time, but think it turned out really nice in the end.

Now we are just trying to get everything wet done so it has time to dry, but I think we are still on schedule. We will see. I'll post more photos as the floor gets put in.
 
Daniel Ray
pollinator
Posts: 406
Location: Victor, Montana; Zone 5b
126
hugelkultur forest garden composting toilet building rocket stoves
  • Likes 6
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Batch Rocket Mass Heater 8" beast with cast iron door. All to Peter's specs. Thanks Peter, your the best! http://batchrocket.eu/en/

I will start a new thread once the stove is completely done and post photos of the first burn. Hopefully this weekend.

20180520_130400.jpg
bench wraparound
bench wraparound
20180518_174507.jpg
sitting area
sitting area
20180823_082739.jpg
inside burn chamber
inside burn chamber
20180823_095502.jpg
front installed door ($40 at ace hardware)
front installed door ($40 at ace hardware)
 
Daniel Ray
pollinator
Posts: 406
Location: Victor, Montana; Zone 5b
126
hugelkultur forest garden composting toilet building rocket stoves
  • Likes 3
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Some new photos finally. The floors were dry enough to put some oil down. We've only got a few weeks left before move in.

We are using heated boiled linseed oil for the floors. I would have preferred to buy some of Sukita Krimmel's floor oil from her claylin floor website, but it would have probably cost the same as the entire house. Anyways, the floors are soaking it up great so I have high hopes. This is my second earthen floor and I think I'll skip the wax this time as I don't feel it added much the last time.

20181021_174418.jpg
boiled linseed oil finish for the floors
boiled linseed oil finish for the floors
20181021_174436.jpg
boiled linseed oil finish for the floors
boiled linseed oil finish for the floors
20181021_174447.jpg
boiled linseed oil finish for the floors
boiled linseed oil finish for the floors
 
Daniel Ray
pollinator
Posts: 406
Location: Victor, Montana; Zone 5b
126
hugelkultur forest garden composting toilet building rocket stoves
  • Likes 4
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Some new photos. Finally moved in and enjoying this thing. Still need to do some interior plaster in the upstairs and the finish coat outside, but the RMH batch is keeping us toasty.
deck-1.jpg
cedar deck
cedar deck
deck-2.jpg
cedar deck
cedar deck
dog-on-bed.jpg
relaxing after all the hard work he did on the house
relaxing after all the hard work he did on the house
kitchen-1.jpg
kitchen is basically done, just a few more shelves and drawers to go
kitchen is basically done, just a few more shelves and drawers to go
kitchen-2.jpg
kitchen is basically done, just a few more shelves and drawers to go
kitchen is basically done, just a few more shelves and drawers to go
oiled-bench.jpg
oiled the bench and it came out great, thanks Ernie for the advice
oiled the bench and it came out great, thanks Ernie for the advice
 
pollinator
Posts: 4665
Location: Zones 2-4 Wyoming and 4-5 Colorado
464
hugelkultur forest garden fungi books bee greening the desert
  • Likes 3
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
WOW Bravo ! I wish I would have found permies 40 years ago, I would love to have/build a home like that.
 
Daniel Ray
pollinator
Posts: 406
Location: Victor, Montana; Zone 5b
126
hugelkultur forest garden composting toilet building rocket stoves
  • Likes 4
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Starting to slowly get back into the groove of working on the house. Here are some updated photos of our progress. Enjoy.
BATHROOM-PLASTER.jpg
Bathroom wattle daub wall being plastered
Bathroom wattle daub wall being plastered
20190505_162534.jpg
Sun room bench with first lime plaster coat--will finish with tadelakt
Sun room bench with first lime plaster coat--will finish with tadelakt
20190517_171933.jpg
finished bathroom wall--new Shoji door built and ready to install
finished bathroom wall--new Shoji door built and ready to install
20190505_104936.jpg
lath bedroom wall being coated with wheat paste, sand, clay texture coat
lath bedroom wall being coated with wheat paste, sand, clay texture coat
20190517_184910.jpg
lath bedroom wall with base clay coat
lath bedroom wall with base clay coat
20190426_191808.jpg
Hunting bull frogs and keeping the deer from my fruit trees
Hunting bull frogs and keeping the deer from my fruit trees
20190513_163822.jpg
The house from the back--still need the finish coat
The house from the back--still need the finish coat
 
Daniel Ray
pollinator
Posts: 406
Location: Victor, Montana; Zone 5b
126
hugelkultur forest garden composting toilet building rocket stoves
  • Likes 10
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Some new photos from SpiritWood. We have a new natural builder on board too now!
20190803_115659.jpg
straw/clay render around outside lights
straw/clay render around outside lights
20190724_144705.jpg
exterior sample plaster--we are going with the large yellow sample
exterior sample plaster--we are going with the large yellow sample
20190713_161151.jpg
new team members
new team members
20190627_143318.jpg
first attempt at ferrocement
first attempt at ferrocement
20190627_143313.jpg
coating sides of metal lath with portland
coating sides of metal lath with portland
20190629_113033.jpg
finished product--though we have recently painted it with a red colored portland finish
finished product--though we have recently painted it with a red colored portland finish
20190616_162440.jpg
tadelakt sample
tadelakt sample
20190622_150712.jpg
tadelakt bench
tadelakt bench
20190623_171738.jpg
soaping the bench--looking good!
soaping the bench--looking good!
20190615_192713.jpg
woodchips delivered, time for some mulch
woodchips delivered, time for some mulch
 
Posts: 33
Location: Wilderness, South Africa
12
forest garden building
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Awesome looking house you've built Daniel. And congrats on your newest family member.

My question. Did you put down a vapor barrier? Or did you decide on superior drainage over vapor barriers?
 
Daniel Ray
pollinator
Posts: 406
Location: Victor, Montana; Zone 5b
126
hugelkultur forest garden composting toilet building rocket stoves
  • Likes 3
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
new photos
20190811_160624.jpg
napping on tadelakt bench
napping on tadelakt bench
20190814_173521.jpg
sculpture/ferrocement bed
sculpture/ferrocement bed
20190814_173539.jpg
cob sculpting
cob sculpting
gift
 
Clean With Cleaners You Can Eat by Raven Ranson
will be released to subscribers in: soon!
reply
    Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic