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Cheap durable buildings

http://www.adobealliance.org/swan-house/

If houses have to be built at all, in sufficient quantity, they must be built without money. We must go right outside the framework of the monetary system, bypass the factories, and ignore the contractors.

Hassan Fathy (1900-1989)

http://www.adobealliance.org/
Anyone interested in cheap durable housing should check out this organization, they have free workshops on how to build your own beautiful homes that will last forever, with what you already have available on your own land. There are workshops on how to build the domed roofs so you wouldn't even need to buy that, there are workshops on making it completely off the grid. This man Hassan Fathy said something so profound and so true. I just thought I'd share it.

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Eco Building Products, Inc.

I really like Eco Building Products, Inc.

They make fire resistant, mold resistant, termite resistant, rot resistant, environmentally friendly building products.

http://www.youtube.com/user/EcoBluProducts?feature=watch

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Foam houses?

Whatever happened to houses made of epoxy like foam? It was big in the 80s as the future material.

Foam blocks with concrete inside.

I have some friends who constructed their home this way. I didn't see it done, but they purchased the foam blocks, then filled them with concrete.

here's a really good account

here's a really good account of someone building a small off grid structure in the East Tennessee mountains. It's in Johnson County, which to my understanding, has no building codes.

http://www.city-data.com/forum/tennessee/359683-going-off-gr...

this area is also one of the preferred living areas in Joel Skousen's great book and video, "Strategic Relocation".

There's also a really good East Tennessee Preppers Meetup group with hundreds of members.

“Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it’s realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy.”
― Ron Paul

A video on the pitfalls of alternate construction materials

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Olo923T2HQ4

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My My

You lit a fire with this post. Might as well add Strawbale housing too. http://www.strawbale.com/

skippy

Compressed Earth Blocks (CEB's)

Make your own bricks from the dirt at the site! You can buy a brick presser you can run yourself, you can rent one, or you can get the plans to build your own brick press! DIY the world!

http://www.naturalbuildingblog.com/more-info-on-compressed-e...
http://bit.ly/ZAj4XT
http://bit.ly/YOS9BI
http://bit.ly/13A4AEa

EarthBags - Ever Heard of Them?

They have been around for a long time. People at first just used large grain "feed bags" left over from feeding your livestock... Filled those bags with DIRT, used those large bags of dirt like a brick, and laid down a row of bricks; tamp down that row of bags, stack another layer of bags on top and stagger them like bricks; until your walls are finished.

Here are a few resources, but a simple google search will get you going of course. And watching these things made as a timelapse on youtube is a blast!

http://earthbagbuilding.com/projects/hermitage.htm
http://www.naturalbuildingblog.com/more-info-on-compressed-e...
http://earthbagbuilding.com/projects/rogers.htm
http://www.naturalbuildingblog.com/more-info-on-compressed-e...

http://bit.ly/ZqJ6Jj
http://bit.ly/YnjOgb

On a mostly political website,

you ask if we've ever heard of dirtbags? Hel-lo?
:)

P.S. Neat building ideas, but they don't look earthquake-resistant, ironically enough.

Recommended reading: The Most Dangerous Superstition, http://www.amazon.com/Most-Dangerous-Superstition-Larken-Ros...

EarthQuakes

They are. If you read through some of the faqs on this construction technique, or search specifically for those terms, you will find that they are earthquake proof. The construction technique binds each layer together using... barbed-wire! In between each layer, barbed-wire is laid to keep the bags from ever "slipping" due to any forces.

This building technique is employed mostly in third world circumstances because of the building codes in the US.

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Superadobe?

I read about superadobe a couple years ago. This sounds similar. http://calearth.org/building-designs/what-is-superadobe.html

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Bricks

The photos on this website are made of old fashioned adobe bricks. They're mixed with straw and cactus juice into a heavy mud, poured into the wooden frames and dried in the sun. Some of the oldest standing buildings in the world are made of adobe bricks. The walls are 14-20 inches thick. With a wind catcher incorporated into the design, you don't need air conditioning even in south Texas where temperatures soar to 110 degrees for weeks at a time. Stays warm in the winter and cool in the summer, there are no chemicals, it smells wonderful and earthy, and it's dirt cheap because you have all the materials in your yard. http://www.adobealliance.org/swan-house/. This house is completely off the grid.

PattyFromTexas

unless you consider a space station home

...

nothing is earthquake-

"Proof".

Does it keep dry on the inside?

I've been looking at the earthship design

www.earthship.com The ones Mike Reynolds builds though arn't any less expensive than a conventional home but the energy savings pays for them.

Mark Kirkwood www.biotecturetraining.com/ thinks he can dramatically reduce the cost of these to around only $20,000! (materials only) He will also be selling/renting a tire ramming machine which is a major labor factor in building earthships

You can listen to a podcast interview with him here: www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/kirkwood-on-hybrid-earthships-and...

This was one of Woody Guthrie's projects back in the day.

When he saw how the Big Timber and Big Banks were in bed together, he started promoting adobe homes so people wouldn't be indebted to them.

check these

check these out...

http://www.320squarefoothome.com/2010/04/my-house.html

here's a 500 sq ft. 'Katrina Cottage' type shell you can buy for under $10,000...

http://hilltopstructures.com/site/cab.htm

You could finish it for another $10,000-$20,000...or much, much less depending on how simple you want to live.

I love this next site...living in the $5,000 cabin...

http://simplesolarhomesteading.com/

Think small! I love tiny houses!

and if you want to build your own log cabin by yourself, with 14 tools that will fit in your trunk...loghomebuilders.org have classes to show you.

http://www.loghomebuilders.org/

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― Ron Paul

I am in the process of

I am in the process of building a loghomebuilders style log home. But am struggling to get it finished due to being out of work. http://smg.beta.photobucket.com/user/hawkiye/library/log%20home

It looks like I am going to have to sell it before it is finished but we'll see.

I am also going to build something along these lines:

http://www.flyingconcrete.com/

Concrete/ferro cement is still one of the cheapest yet strongest building materials and lends ittselt to all sorts of cool shapes has good thermal mass etc. I will use log accents etc. for contrast though

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great cabin! Try to find a

great cabin! Try to find a way to keep it.

Interesting cement structures...you can build that crystal palace that Superman lives in.

“Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it’s realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy.”
― Ron Paul

Where can you legally build

Where can you legally build cob homes in the US?

Anywhere!

It's in the Cornstitution.

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty" TJ

Get A Copy

of "The Hand Sculpted House" It tells you how to go about finding places to build and also how to get around some codes. Great Book! I got it for around 5.00 used at "half.com" Also visit The Cob Cottage Company. They usually list states where cob houses are built. I know there are cob houses in Oregon, Washington, Texas, Arkansas and Idaho. Just research cob.

skippy

Here is a map

of counties that have less strict buildin codes (in green) The ones in red you want to avoid.

http://earthship.com/pockets-of-freedom

Of course this map may be dated and will vary accourding to the township as well

My county is green in that

My county is green in that map, yeah!

(but i knew that, just happy it's on there green)

Where is it legal to build with Adobe

Not sure but I know that most undeveloped land in Tx has no building code. As long as you live out of town, you can pretty much build anything you want.

PattyFromTexas

Same goes for Missouri,

Same goes for Missouri, Arkansas, Arizona, Nevada, and I'm sure there are many others (that I don't know about).

Hemp-Crete construction seems

Hemp-Crete construction seems like the next logical progression. Super-light, super-strong.

Super light Super strong

That's the type of building material that would be perfect for humid climates. You can elevate it, with a large space underneath. You'd have room to store things, and ventilate the house from underneath, If you have animals you can shelter them under the house. For most people in the world, cost is the most important factor in choosing their homes. Just about everyone needs affordable housing.

PattyFromTexas

And super expensive!

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I heard it grows like a weed.

I heard it grows like a weed.