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in ways to build an affordable rain roof / vestibule over a  doorway, I found this recently.

Here is a video from a person who developed a very inventive way to make cattle panel shed.

this is part 2 of 2 videos. part one shows how he did the construction.

A good idea for affordable shed/vestibule, which can be covered with a more water proof top covering than this man did.

He came up with a really good plan. though. and for just over $100 for a four-foot wide shed.

add some knee wall to make it taller to go over the doorway.

when I build one of these, I will use 6ml 4 year infrared, anti drip greenhouse film. over the top.

anti drip keeps dew/condensation from building up and dripping on you =)
this film can be found online. www.amleonard has a page for poly remnants
which may have a smaller piece for such a project.


yes, I think rock wool is also sometimes referred to as mineral wool. it is made from waste from the
steel industry.

As you mentioned,  even though rock wool does cost a bit more than fiberglass, etc.  
it is so much better than those choices.

Roxul also makes products for exterior rain screens, etc. which I have not researched yet.


Radiant barrier. and dead air space are two considerations.

having used reflectix and armafoil. I prefer armafoil with micro perforations. this allows the breathability
and to not hold moisture up a against a wall.  

creating a dead air space if you can certainly helps.

10 months ago
HI Carey.

Congratulations on your building adventure!

Transforming one thing into something else is always full of uncharted territory.

having also lived in some interesting non conforming locations with  tiny or no budget, for now I will offer I tiny
bit of input for insulation.

I know you are still early in this building process, and not quite ready for insulation, yet here goes:

and I know that rigid foam insulation is not 'permie' to many folks, yet if you are in need and on a small budget,
this will help many folks to conserve energy and stay cool/warmer depending on the season.

two kinds of insulation I like to use are Roxul/ Rock Wool and the free closed cell/rigid foam
which I can get from a local SIPS/Structural Insulated Panel manufacturer. they give away discards,
so it is being reused/repurposed. You may be able to find SIPs making compnies in the Atlanta area.

the rock wool insulation is made from waste products. is awesome because it repel water, insects and rodents  don't it piss and poop in it. has many advantages. is super easy to install.

it cuts down on air passage. and it compresses, so it pops right in between the studs and holds tightly.  Roxul makes numerous

I also feel that installing 'way more insulation that is 'code' or most folks say, is what I prefer.

I've done places with a combined R-42 in walls, ceiling and floor.  and then able to heat with one of the
oil filled radiator heaters, such as an older DeLonghi. I find those at thrift stores and yard sales. the newer ones are
not nearly as good of quality.

an interesting observation from using the rigid foam in a past project in a non conforming location.

I had no budget for steps into the dwelling. and had some 4-foot by 6, 10and 12 foot long pieces of the rigid foam.

so we laid them on the ground for the steps and porch. 12 foot on the bottom, then the 10-foot, then the 6-foot as the porch.

Many folks will say that this foam disintegrates in full sun. Yet, this foam was in full sun for over 4 1/2 years.
and held up remarkably well during that time.

many blessings on your adventures. and I look forward to gaining some wisdom from you =)

10 months ago
Greetings. Owen has been seriously ill since August. He also may not be able to stay in Thailand where he has established an amazing
naturally built homestead and forest garden over the past 12 years.

Kelly Hart has set up a fundraiser for Owen. I will allow Kelly to describe this situation.

Owen Geiger could use our help. He is currently in a hospital in Sakhon Nakhon, Thailand, the town where he has made his home for the last dozen years. Owen fell ill in mid August, 2018, while traveling in Cambodia in order to comply with visa requirements. He became very weak while treating what he thought was intestinal parasites and eventually had to be transported by ambulance to a local hospital. The Thai family that Owen had been living with immediately responded by helping him return to his home town via several other ambulance trips.

Over the first couple of weeks Owen was sustained by tube feeding and artificial breathing, as he seemed to have an infection in his lungs. Now he is breathing and eating on his own, but is still quite weak and can barely talk. He does seem be slowly improving. All of this medical attention has cost Owen and his Thai family several thousand dollars.

Unfortunately the clock is ticking with how long Owen can remain in Thailand under his current visa situation. Even though Owen has found his home in that country and has created a homestead with an amazing food forest with a caring family, the government still considers him a tourist. What he needs in order to become a permanent resident with a retirement visa is about $25,000 in his personal bank account.

So we have set up this crowd funding opportunity to help Owen gain permanent residential status and help defray his medical expenses. If we were able to raise at least $30,000 we could accomplish these goals!

Owen has devoted his life to helping other less advantaged people obtain their dreams of having a proper home, wherever they live around the world. When living in the United States he worked with Habitat for Humanity and then helped establish Builders without Borders. He has designed emergency shelters and freely given these plans to those in need. He was actively assisting folks in Haiti and in Nepal after their horrendous natural disasters. He worked with Good Earth Global to educate governmental agencies about sustainable building practices, especially earthbag building. He has helped promote these ideals through the Natural Building Blog for nearly a decade, freely providing information and advice. Owen is definitely a force for GOOD and deserves some good help in his time of need.
10 months ago

Have been low carb for over a year.

and, yes, teh wheat and barley in the green powders are tricky for those of us who need to avoid them.

1 year ago
THANK YOU to both of you for your input.

as i am just beginning to explore the MTHFR mutation and its various expressions,
there are things i can't eat and don't understand why yet.

and maybe as this body heals,  i can add some foodstuffs which for whatever reason i cannot
eat now.

leafy greens/greenfood powders for now, make me very tired. hard to imagine and hard to explain.

inot being able to chew, i went with a powdered green combo. and had to give it to someone else. there may be
some of the greens i can consume. yet am in the elimination/ adding to phase of exploration.

1 year ago
i also think i cannot have bone broth for now, due to the histaminic effects.

have on hand a slow cooker, blender and food processor.
1 year ago

due to dental issue, i have two teeth which keep me from being able to chew for now.

Looking to expand my tiny present daily diet, after decades of foods which have made
my body very seriously ill.

also just found out i have MTHFR mutation, yet just beginning to explore my mutant self to find
out what various mutations i have.

Present limited elimination diet has been:

Local Goat milk

Local Duck and hen eggs, loosely 'scrambled' with ghee, coconut oil, olive oil.

'smoothie' of Naked Goat Whey, banana, and Gynostemma tea.
(i know most protein powders are not considered paleo, this is just what i can do for now...)

Aroy-d coconut cream. creamed with almond, vanilla and stevia.

just beginning the Paleo adventure and would truly appreciate
your wisdom and input.

have just begun to consume New Zealand Grassfed Bovine freeze dried and desiccated:
bone marrow
trachea cartilage
will be adding bovine organs blend this month.

1 year ago
overcoat is a loose term for the outer protecting structure. i like the sound of it.

oh , let me clarify/correct myself.

i meant to say i like the term "overhome" as a outer protecting structure.
1 year ago
so,chris and others, what type of framework do you prefer for
a quonset style /round top shape for this idea
for an envelope of some sort over a dwelling, or shed or barn,etc?

and why do you prefer that, for discussion sake?

i have lived in numerous substandard dwellings over the
past forty years. and  have just moved into, yet, one more of them.

how can we empower ourselves to create protection for the home
with  a larger footprint than the building itself.
to have outdoor living & playing/workshop/storage
around the dwelling?

this is so important, because much more than two billion folks
live in, shall we say, less than nurturing housing.
protecting the dwelling from weather is a PRIME PRIORITY for me.
as much of the world's housing stock is in the process of
disintegration/'composting' right before our eyes.

and we are expected to pay power companies $$$$$$$ for the pleasure
of blowing heat through the walls of unheatable dwellings. what a great
money making scheme for someone.

One idea i have been toying with for a few years is to build a framework of posts
around the structure so that insulation can be placed between the building and the frame. so
that the dwelling can be superinsulated on the outside. and all that is protected from weather.

then use that frame as support for whatever becomes the "overcoat" envelope.
overcoat is a loose term for the outer protecting structure. i like the sound of it.

I have also thought about Gambrel roof style. just building a 'gambrel  roof' as the
entire Overcoat structure. with dormers, as needed to create greenhouse area, more ways of getting in
light air and views. etc etc.

thank s in advance for your thoughts and ideas. f/size][size=18]

1 year ago