• 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

 
pollinator
Posts: 406
Location: Victor, Montana; Zone 5b
126
hugelkultur forest garden composting toilet building rocket stoves
  • Likes 9
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Thought I would begin sharing our new build with everyone here on permies. I've listed the highlights of this build below:

-load bearing bale/cob walls
-earthbag stem wall
-rubble trench foundation
-living roof
-earthen floors
-cob/cordwood/bag interior walls
-attached sun room
-rocket mass heater

This year we worked primarily on the rubble trench foundation. Next year we will be doing the stem wall, exterior walls, roof, and if time permits the rocket mass heater and earthen floors. Hopefully the year after we will do all the finishing work and move in. This is our second build. We currently live in a cob house we built two years ago. If you want to check out our blog see my signature below. I'll continue to post on the blog and upload new photos on this page as we proceed. Below are some photos of our progress this year.

20150502_103617.jpg
photos of progress on balecob home on earthbag foundation
photos of progress on balecob home on earthbag foundation
20161009_120614.jpg
photos of progress on balecob home on earthbag foundation
photos of progress on balecob home on earthbag foundation
20160709_134619.jpg
photos of progress on balecob home on earthbag foundation
photos of progress on balecob home on earthbag foundation
 
Daniel Ray
pollinator
Posts: 406
Location: Victor, Montana; Zone 5b
126
hugelkultur forest garden composting toilet building rocket stoves
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Gravel for Rubble Trench Foundation.
20161009_120450.jpg
Gravel for Rubble Trench Foundation
Gravel for Rubble Trench Foundation
20161009_124854.jpg
Gravel for Rubble Trench Foundation
Gravel for Rubble Trench Foundation
20161105_114530.jpg
Gravel for Rubble Trench Foundation
Gravel for Rubble Trench Foundation
 
Daniel Ray
pollinator
Posts: 406
Location: Victor, Montana; Zone 5b
126
hugelkultur forest garden composting toilet building rocket stoves
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Aaaaah, now it is spring and the real building can begin!!!

An update on what is going on with this massive project. We have cut the trees for our three posts and peeled them, but are waiting for a group of five to help us stand them up in place on the building site. Originally I was planning on pouring three large concrete footers measuring 2x4x4 feet, but after seeing a really nice footer made from cut and squared stone I realized that I--and my wallet--would prefer using massive chunks of urbanite that were taken from the sidewalk just outside the public library. These things are huge! I had to use a sledgehammer to break them into 4x4 pieces and they still weigh 100+ lbs.

After these beams are stood up I'll start the earthbag foundation!
straw.jpeg
[Thumbnail for straw.jpeg]
Straw for exterior walls
IMG_4667.jpg
18 inch posts
18 inch posts
IMG_4664.jpg
flat-nose shovel hard at work
flat-nose shovel hard at work
 
Daniel Ray
pollinator
Posts: 406
Location: Victor, Montana; Zone 5b
126
hugelkultur forest garden composting toilet building rocket stoves
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Well we have started the bag stem wall which is much more fun than I had anticipated. I got some awesome poly bags from a local brewery for 10 cents a piece. We are going to complete 5 layers of bags before starting the cob/bale walls. We also left a 3-4 inches between the bags for insulation.
20170502_145852.jpg
bag stem wall progress
bag stem wall progress
20170502_145900.jpg
bag stem wall progress
bag stem wall progress
20170429_143546.jpg
bag stem wall progress
bag stem wall progress
20170429_143517.jpg
bag stem wall progress
bag stem wall progress
20170429_143535.jpg
bag stem wall progress
bag stem wall progress
 
Posts: 15
Location: Cocolalla ID
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Very cool tho see what you guys are doing! I like the combination of tecniques. Excited to see more progress of the project.
 
Posts: 17
Location: 6b Atlantic City NJ
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Wonderful work so far. Really enjoyed your blog too. Makes me miss living in Montana more than anything!
 
Daniel Ray
pollinator
Posts: 406
Location: Victor, Montana; Zone 5b
126
hugelkultur forest garden composting toilet building rocket stoves
  • Likes 2
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Bags seem to never end, but we are putting the front window and doorbucks in finally.

20170614_181930.jpg
front window and doorbuck progress
front window and doorbuck progress
20170612_171352.jpg
wife and recycled windows. Free 4x7 windows from the dump.
wife and recycled windows. Free 4x7 windows from the dump
20170616_161301.jpg
front window and doorbuck progress
front window and doorbuck progress
 
Daniel Ray
pollinator
Posts: 406
Location: Victor, Montana; Zone 5b
126
hugelkultur forest garden composting toilet building rocket stoves
  • Likes 2
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Bags are done; onto cob!
20170706_074329.jpg
balecob home on earthbag foundation
balecob home on earthbag foundation
20170706_074216.jpg
balecob home on earthbag foundation
balecob home on earthbag foundation
20170703_214445.jpg
balecob home on earthbag foundation
balecob home on earthbag foundation
 
Daniel Ray
pollinator
Posts: 406
Location: Victor, Montana; Zone 5b
126
hugelkultur forest garden composting toilet building rocket stoves
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
More photos. We are finally to to the balecob stage and ready to put some windows in!
20170708_084958.jpg
wall thickness at 32
wall thickness at 32
20170717_130511.jpg
working to bring the stemwall level
working to bring the stemwall level
20170719_191822.jpg
first course of bales getting cobbed in
first course of bales getting cobbed in
 
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
Haven't posted photos for a while so I decided to throw some new ones up. This is some of the most recent work we have done. The snow coming down the mountains is intimidating, but we are just a few weeks away from starting the roof.
20170909_143750.jpg
working above lintels
working above lintels
20170827_182017.jpg
working on joists for loft
working on joists for loft
20170822_175437.jpg
front view through 7ft window frames
front view through 7ft window frames
20170819_143849.jpg
pups finding their spots already
pups finding their spots already
20170911_184927.jpg
bottle window for cob shower, this will be tadelakt
bottle window for cob shower, this will be tadelakt
 
Slideshow boring ... losing consciousness ... just gonna take a quick nap on this tiny ad ...
Rocket Mass Heater Manual - now free for a while
https://permies.com/goodies/8/rmhman
reply
    Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic