My Hybrid Building Project

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  1. eco4560

    eco4560 New Member

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    Over what time did it take to get it to this stage? (I want to call you little pig rather than pork brick! The wolf can huff and puff at these walls and they aren't going to go anywhere!)

    Can't wait to see what happens for the roof….
     
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    You can use a lime wash-spray instead of brush coat paint to protect bags during build. I have a pump sprayer from Walmart $8, 1 lime: 20 water...fast and easy. I could never survive going to the toilet outside at night, then the rattle snakes and tarantula spiders get me, yikes!
     
  3. porkbrick

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    little pig fits. as of now i am two and a half years into the build. as of the last pic i posted the project is only getting to the end of the first summer, lets say four months.
     
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    lots more pics to go...

    this kind of build really lends itself to built in bits. here are the first few built in shelves in place. it seemed like a good way to utilize a funky corner.
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    and stairs to the loft.
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    here you can see all of the downstairs window forms in place. the window on the right is only a foot or so above ground level.
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    at this point all the walls are above ground level.
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    it is fun to see how a project goes along like this! thank you so much for posting the pics. : )
     
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    here is where i had to stop filling bags for the winter.[​IMG]

    as i mentioned earlier,the below ground portions of the build are protected from groundwater by plastic sheeting. none of my reading really addressed how to deal with protecting the transition between the sheeting below ground and the plaster above. what i decided to do was build a masonry wall around the wall. it accomplishes several things. it physically covers the plastic where it runs above ground. it protects the wall from rain splash and dirt. it is tied in to the earthbags and re-barred to reenforce the walls. it gives a solid edge to terminate the wall plaster. the stone on site is crappy soft sandstone, no good, so i opted for urbanite. urbanite is free and readily available in my area. photos follow...
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    Good stuff Porkbrick, really enjoy the photos of your progress.

    Urbanite looks great. Nice job of setting it.
     
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    Yeah the stone should make a nice capillary brake for the stucco and wall. Did you install some drain tile before you set the stone?
     
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    you certainly won't lack for thermal mass with walls like those. : )
     

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