Would it be possible to design a pole building with the idea of allowing the change of poles? I mean as eventually it will rot, hopefully years from now, we could design the building with that possibility in mind. In my case, pole building is the most economical way, been the only feasible option.
That were just thoughts, my intended project is to buy a piece of ground, in a semi rural area, and that will be the end of my money well, nearly.
I'm in the phase of looking for the plot and thinking about the feasibility of the idea.
So here is my question, which is the most suitable method of constructing a barn/house, one person 90% of time alone and a small budget?
if there exist something like that.
It should be big enough to eventually make a living from the farm, so it should hold the barn, a carpenter workshop, the future home (wife, son (6), daughter(4) and grandma) and a greenhouse attached for nursing and barbecues.
I'm fond of woodworking (although I haven't build houses, just furniture), so my preference is wood, the ground is flat, good soil for plants, continental climate (south of Madrid, Spain).
Where are you specifically?
There are hundreds (maybe thousands??) but without specifics to location and resources making a modality recommendation isn't really possible. Earth architecture is one of the most common forms (where there are trees and rocks) but locations with trees and rocks usually see some type of timber structures with wooden joints, whether bound or cut. These have been around for over ten thousand years and are probably the easiest respectively to build by one person.
I'll have to buy all materials, it is flat agricultural land. The minimum size allow for an individual plot is 7.500 square meters, irrigation system from the nearby river, some of them also have a well.
I have no income enough for hiring labour, that's why I try to find a one-man-method. Also it must fullfil the code so the project must be revised by an arquitect (I have already talk to one, a friend of mine).
I work in metric so for those readers that don't 7.5 meters (~80ft2)
I have facilitated building for myself and others that are over 35 meter long, 20 meters tall, and 20 meters wide all built of stone and timber by one person alone...It just takes time, good planing, and patience.
The maximun legal size of a barn is 5% of the plot, so 375 square meters (if the ground is 7500).
In the (scarced) neighborhood people have erected (ugly) modern houses, the ancient model were like this: But I'm afraid that is more than one person can achieve alone.
R Scott wrote:
What are your wind conditions? Pole barns use poles sunk into the ground because they cannot stand against the wind on their own. They will blow away like a kite if not anchored.
Jay C. White Cloud wrote:
Bottom line...humans have been building single family domestic and agricultural architecture in your region from natural materials for about 10,000 or more years. It was done with not complex machinery, tools, or electricity, and many of these structure still exists today...or at least the roads between them and their foundations. Pick one or two local historic vernacular styles and follow them as closely as you can. This will probably yield the most enduring structure you could possibly build. I will fill in the blanks about them where I am able...
...humans have been building single family domestic and agricultural architecture in your region from natural materials for about 10,000 or more years...
Manu wrote:...which is the most suitable method of constructing a barn/house, one person 90% of time alone and a small budget?
Jay C. White Cloud wrote:
So perhaps the challenge isn't the method, yet rather your interest in the method or your confidence that these methods work. I can't really address or help with either of those concerns..., but will be glad to discuss details about them and their very long and well proven track record.
Let me know if I can answer specifics.
Spain is not a uniform area in that way. There is 17 regions, with diferent laws, and even every village can alter some urban laws.
When we rebuild my grandfather's (in Galicia), we used the tractor with the front loader to move the granite stones, some of 2 meters long and 30 cm wide. Not a one man job.
Jay C. White Cloud wrote:
I would even suggest that the larger forms of Horreos could more than accommodate a young family, and if several were built in a series as a connected compound would not only render a very functional form in living space,...
Hmmm......unless more than one person was driving the tractor...I do believe this was still a "one man job." Since I do such tasks as a part of my living, I would respectfully suggest this is more about "ability" and "confidence" than...not being able to do it. In job is going to require tools. A tractor is but a tool. I would also recommend that with these old stone versions (like the wood ones as well) it is much better to "dismantle them," clean them, restore damaged portions and reassemble them than it is to risk moving them in their entirety. Again...a one man job. I (et al) have move huge structures all by my self...so I know it can be done, as those that taught me did it...
I can't speak to your specific area and its rules, yet know several architects in Spain and know of many natural builders as well, so if share more specifics of location and the restrictions "you think there are," I might be able to be of more assistance.