It's certainly less maintenance then a stick constructed home, far less. I don't relish the idea of 30 year renewal of a wood stick construction methods when my mortgage is up in nearly the same amount of time. I am trying to do all my buildings on the property to last more then my life time.
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17-04-2011, 01:46 AM
17-04-2011, 01:48 AM
Here is a small bio of Ianto Evans, for an fyi.
Ianto Evans, an applied ecologist, landscape architect, inventor, writer and teacher with building experience on six continents. Cob is traditional in Wales, his homeland. He teaches ecological building and has consulted to USAID, World Bank, US Peace Corps and foreign governments. Ianto, Linda Smiley and Michael Smith are the authors of "The Hand-Sculpted House", the most comprehensive book available about cob building.
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17-04-2011, 07:50 AM
Thanks :-) I know of Ianto Evans and his work, and think The Hand-Sculpted House is a beautiful, essential work.
I wonder if he is talking about some of the original buildings from the 1800s? Here's the current parliament buildings. Two are obviously modern, mainstream buildings. The other two don't look like cob/earth to me.
There are some older earth buildings here (from the 1800s), notably Pompallier House (rammed earth)
I'd be very interested to hear what you find out.
There's also lots of cob cottages from that time too, miner's cottages etc.
17-04-2011, 12:38 PM
I'll let you know, but it will take some time. He's literally on the other side of town, and I never see him, or the people at Mountain Homestead either, we all are doing our own things. They have both been in this town a long time, I am still setting up and learning all I can.
On the flip side, I am building a dual chamber cob oven (mark 2) in the next few months. I'll make a new post for that.
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18-04-2011, 02:53 AM
Pakanohida, are you thinking that wood construction homes only last 30 years? The majority of houses in the US were built between 1940 and 1980 (that's 30 years ago!! eeeeeek!) and are fine, as elsewhere. Not sure what you mean. Stick houses built in the late 1800s are still going strong.
The majority of missions built from clay are not, however. You can walk around the outside and see how the clay crumbles. there will always be cracks in plaster or clay as the foundation shifts. Especially a new foundation that takes a few years to settle, there's a constant maintenance of hairline cracks, especially around windows. Salt air also affects clay-type bricks causing them to crumble. They used to make boats out of cement during WW2, and the salt water breaks down the cement. There's a State park at a beach near me where the Cement Boat, as everyone calls it, is slowing disintegrating as it sits on the beach.
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