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Wayne Blum

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since May 09, 2017
Central Maine
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Hey everyone,
I am in the planning phase of our future earth bag house and had a question regarding insulation. Has anyone used spray foam insulation on the exterior of their earth bag house? We will be in central Maine and will need to insulate it in one way or another. I've come across a few different ideas, but this one seems easiest. Just curious if anyone has done this before and what you used to cover it (just earthen plaster or stucco or ?). Also if anyone has any other advice or suggestions on insulating earth bag houses in general would be appreciated as. Thanks!
2 years ago
Glad to hear, We recently finalized our property purchase and will be moving up to Troy in the spring. There aren't any codes in town and it seems we just need to present the project to the planning board along with the permit payment.  Hopefully smooth sailing, stay in touch if we aren't too far perhaps in the future we could exchange help and knowledge regarding our construction. Best of luck!
3 years ago
Hey Kimberly,
 We will be moving into Waldo County around Unity in April of next year, we're just waiting to finalize the details. As for hitting walls are you referencing codes in the area or just with the building process? For insulation there are a few options available to you, you can wider earth bags and do a gravel/clay mix or look into lava rock to see if it's either available in the area or able to be affordably shipped. You could also make the walls two rows thick which should suffice as enough insulation on their own but is literally double the work. Your last option would be to build the shell and then install wall posts, insulation and then sheet rock, like with a standard house. As for the roof a standard roof design would be best, avoid the earth bag dome due to the moist climate. For insulating that it would be just like with any other roof, just making sure you have the proper r value insulation. There is a really great book if yous aren't familiar with it, it's called Earthbag Building by Kaki Hunter and Donald Kiffmeyer. It's a great resource and one of my main sources of information. They go into great detail about insulation options for colder climates, along with building and insulating roofs, I strongly recommend it I got mine from Amazon for like $20 or $30 only. Best of luck with everything and as things go on keep me posted as my girlfriend and I seem to be more or less on the same page as you!
3 years ago
Hey everyone,
I am planning to move to Maine next spring, I was just up in the Lee/Lincoln area looking at properties but no luck yet. I will be back up in the area of Unity mid June and was wondering if anyone had advice for a good town with people living the homesteading/self sustaining life. I am also hoping to build a superadobe home with earth bags and was wondering if anyone had any input on that, in the sense of would the local building codes even allow it. I've been seeing they vary from town to town but the realtor we spoke with made it seem like it's no problem but he was working for the property owners. Any feedback or advice would be greatly appreciated, I am coming up from NJ and only have limited information about the communities in the state. Thanks!
3 years ago
I am planning to move to Maine within the next year to start our very own off-grid homestead/small scale farm. I have my eyes on building an earthbag home, but I am concerned with building codes, regulations etc. Does anyone have one or in the process of building one in Maine? I am looking to know about what hurdles where involved with local planning and building codes and if you would like to share where you are located, what the community is like etc. Any advice/feedback would be greatly appreciated thanks!
3 years ago