Paul and Josiah continue their discussion about the design and construction of the berm shed at Wheaton Labs.
They consider the difference in cost between home-grown natural materials and bought-in materials and the balance between working to pay for them or working to harvest them, and how materials like wood can be burned or composted or re-used. Another benefit of a berm shed is that it doesn't attract unwanted attention as it just looks like a mound of dirt screening you from passers by as you do Interesting Things.
The time required to build varies dramatically for people of different experience and motivation levels. A breakdown of the costs of purchased materials is given, with ideas on how to reduce this.
The differences between timber framing and post-and-beam construction with its heavier use of metal is discussed, and it is explained why Wheaton Labs prefers to use very little metal. After several prototype designs, the new Attic design is chosen as it is simple, elegant, and easy to implement, sending water away from the facade and protecting all the wood from rain.
Josiah has been at the lab only five months yet has taken part in over 25 experiments, which is what the lab is all about. Paul shares downsides and failures such as the wall failure openly as they are part of the learning and experimenting process.
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