Mauro Pacitto wrote:Hello,
If I have some spare time I may draw up a sketch to get you started. A few questions to get me started. How thick were you thinking of making the walls? How high were you thinking of making the? Do you know what type of lumber you would be using for the reciprocal roof? How deep does a rubble trench foundation need to be in your neck of the woods? Do you know the grade of the hill you are building on? Do you have a flat spot for your home or will it be cut into the grade?
Hi Steve and any others Watching... We have just had about 3-4 foot of rain in the last week, so it has taken me a while to get some decent photos. The site will be levelled using a large Case Backhoe. The photo shows the size of the pad that will be cut. All up about 24 foot diameter and 15-16 foot diameter for the 200 sqft home. I am thinking 24 inches wide and 24 inches deep for the rubble trench. There is no frost issues where i live. It simply does not get cold enough! I will be using Blue granite for the stem wall and for the rubble trench itself with gravel 1 to 2 inches. This material will be taken to the site with the backhoe as a truck is unable to get into my property on the driveway. To the right of the pad in the photo there is a good drainage area and a drainage trench from the rubble trench will be going into that. I plan on a composting toilet and shower outside of the house. So the walls I think would be 20 inches thick. I am not sure what height they will be as I am unsure of the final layout of the home. I really do not know where to start regarding installing a loft bed. Double or queens size to save on floor space. If it is easier to just have one on the floor then that is fine. Simplicity is best as this is my first build. The reason I asked for help was to get a floor plan ready so that when the backhoe is here he can dig the foundation trench at the same time as clearing the pad and moving the rock. The ground is pretty hard down in the sub soil area and would rather the majority be done when he is here. Any corners I can dig myself but would prefer to have the longer portions dug by machine.
The photos of the bricks!! I am pretty sure that I have a heavy clay content in the subsoil. The jar is at six weeks not and has not really changed much and has a lot of clay in suspension. The bricks were left for 5 weeks and may be too thin for the 5 foot drop test i did. All of them exploded on the concrete from 5 feet. The percentages and fractions were a clay soil to aggregate mix. Personally i believe the 60/40 was the best mix. No straw was in there.
Regarding the Lumber... I have a large tree behind my Completed house that needs to come out in the next month or so. Semi hardwood that may well process some good lengths of lumber. I am not yet sure. I also have two other trees on the building site that will need to come down as well. I am hoping they too may be of good use. I will have a mobile mill to do the job as he takes wood as part payment.
So the basic floor layout for the rubble trench is the most important for the moment as I will need to have something for the Operator to go on
... Simplicity is key for me. Of course quirky and cute is also highly desired. Hope this helps and I really appreciate any help offered and received. Will continue reading and researching design.
ps... as a side not. I would really like to incorporate some of the glass panels I have in the build. Ventilation is also key as it will be in a humid and hot rainforest.