Tamped Earth Floors Unstabilized Earthen Floor Using Road Base by Frank Meyer [Note: This technique by Frank Meyer is a alternate method for making earthen floors. Tamped earth floors dry much faster than poured adobe and also cracks less.] A few years ago, when asked to make an earthen floor, I started by collecting all the soil types available in our area. Not all road bases are created equal. I recently set out to do a floor using site-available clay. By using this material, and applying basic roadbuilding techniques, we have a big advantage over traditional poured earth floors. Before proceeding with the installation process, it is necessary to consider vapor barriers. To begin the process of building our floor, the ground should be fairly level, smooth, compacted and at least 6" below the planned finished height. At this point we need to level the floor. After leveling, this mix must be wetted again and tamped, making sure that it bonds with the layer below. Additional Construction Notes:
The ReUse People A Low Impact Woodland Home Built In Wales - Simon Dale - Includes A 1 Minute 42 Second Video A Low Impact Woodland Home Built In Wales You are looking at pictures of a house I built for our family in Wales. It was built by myself and my father in law with help from passers by and visiting friends. 4 months after starting we were moved in and cosy. I estimate 1000-1500 man hours and £3000 put in to this point. Not really so much in house buying terms (roughly £60/sq m excluding labour). The house was built with maximum regard for the environment and by reciprocation gives us a unique opportunity to live close to nature. Some key points of the design and construction: Main tools used: chainsaw, hammer and 1 inch chisel, little else really. This building is one part of a low-impact or permaculture approach to life. Would you like to learn more about this sort of building and gain practical experience? Getting your hands dirty Do you fancy making your own home along these lines but want to have a bit of hands on experience. Getting Your Feet Dirty The site before starting Straw Walls
Stress-Relieving Couch Is Also A Punching Bag [Pics German designer Tobias Fränzel designed a sofa with active functionality. ‘Champ’ is equipped with a brightly colored backrest that folds up to become a punching bag. When turned upright, the bag is ready to take your punches. The curvaceous couch is designed for people who need to take out their and release tension. It could be helpful for those who want to get a workout in while lounging. Fränzel notes that the risk of injury is so low that even children can play with it without any danger. Tobias Fränzel
Dancing Rabbit: Newsletter: Spring 2008 Note: This page is from our archives and is no longer being maintained. It may not be up to date or accurate. Please use the menus above to find more current information about Dancing Rabbit. For current material from our online Newsletter, The March Hare, and our weekly updates see Step I: Find a suitable donor structure. This can be done any number of ways, but the most important thing is to keep your ears open. Two important factors to consider in your candidate are size and condition. Step II: Prepare for demolition. Now that you have a structure to take apart, you are going to need the tools to get the job done. Safety first: you are going to be using all these tools in an enclosed space, so wear hearing protection. Step III: Get to it already. First a note: you can never be sure of what you will find in a place like this. Now your tool bag is packed and the big day has come. Start on the inside by removing any trim and interior doors. Congratulations.
Electric Camper: Tiny Geometric House on Wheels Not only is this highly unusual-looking vehicle a hand-made camper – it runs on electricity. Built from plywood, fiberglass, epoxy resin, bicycle parts and an electric motor, ‘Golden Gate’ by San Francisco artist Jay Nelson is reminiscent of all of those amazing hand-crafted house trucks from the 1970s, but with a very modern power source. The tiny camper measures just 96″x54″x64″, making it just large enough inside to lay down on the bed platform. By day, that platform also serves as the driver’s seat. There are no conventional gas and brake pedals here – the driver uses controls on the steering wheel to operate the vehicle. The Golden Gate is better equipped than you might expect, with a sink, stove, cooler, storage compartments and even a toilet. While its top speed of 20mph and lack of headlights doesn’t exactly make it ideal for traveling long distances, it’s easy to envision owning a tiny house like this for use as a swanky home base for camping.
How to be “Stealth” Homeless “There, but for the grace of God, go I” goes the old canard, usually in reference to a disheveled homeless person, dressed in rags sitting on a street corner begging for change and smelling of b.o. What you are seeing is the result not of homelessness, per se, but dysfunctionality in general, due to substance abuse, mental illness and a host of other contributing factors. You may see homeless people everyday and never suspect them. Conversely, that panhandler on the street corner may not be homeless at all. If so this guide is for you. To escape a horrible environment, You may have to abandon/throw away all your shit. Assuming you work close to minimum wage and have no savings, you probably make around 600 bucks every two weeks. That’s actually enough to get established somewhere else. One person tent from Army surplus store or department store: $100.00. If you live in a big city, walk, hitchhike, or take a bus ($2.00) to the suburbs. Follow your instincts. You can do this.
Save Money With Used Building Materials The construction of an average-sized home (2,000 square feet) usually results in 8,000 pounds of construction waste. Add that to the waste generated by demolition, and the figures are astounding: Every year in the United States, 136 million tons of construction and demolition waste are tossed into landfills. This debris amounts to more than half of all landfill waste — but if handled properly, much of it can be diverted and reused. Here are several ways you can locate reclaimed and recycled construction materials: “Freecycling” (www.freecycle.org) is an easy-to-use Internet service for people who want to trade things locally. Another good place to find used building materials is your own neighborhood. Habitat for Humanity operates retail outlets called ReStores that sell used and surplus building materials at a fraction of their regular prices. The technology to reconstitute many construction waste items into new products is rapidly progressing. Recycling Resources www.freecycle.org
Sol Duc Cabin Project Details Built for a client who fly-fishes for steelhead on the Olympic Peninsula, this steel-clad 350 sf cabin on stilts can be completely shuttered when the owner is away. The cabin’s rugged patina and raw materiality respond to the surrounding wilderness while its verticality provides a safe haven during occasional floods from the nearby river. The overall design responds to the owner’s desire for a compact, low-maintenance, virtually indestructible building to house himself and his wife during fishing expeditions. Composed of two levels, the cabin’s entry, dining and kitchen areas are located on the lower floor while a sleeping loft with minimal shelving hovers above. Constructed primarily of unfinished, mild steel and structural insulated panels (SIPs), the cabin is supported by four steel columns and sits lightly on the site. The sleeping loft is the result of innovative materials salvaging and construction.
How To Start Exercising When You're Already Overweight Eco-Friendly House Insulation from Recycled Materials written by: BStone•edited by: Sarah Malburg•updated: 3/9/2010 Substituting eco-friendly house insulation from recycled materials for conventional insulation, is a great way to make a home a little greener. Conventional Insulation There are two primary reasons for using environmentally-friendly insulation from recycled materials — environmental concern, and indoor air quality. Regular fiber glass and petrochemical foam, two of the most widely-used insulators, generate pollutants during manufacturing, and will be a source of toxins for the environment when disposed of.