Project led by: Jeffrey Location: Aprovecho, Cottage Grove, OR Date: September 2011 – April 2012 Reclaimed timber ceiling feature, surrounded by earthen plaster The project began with an idea: by reducing the size of a house, we actually increase the space we live in. My aim was to make a well built cabin cheaply; using material destined for the landfill as much as possible.I feel that much of the western world has become a ‘throw-away’ society. I wanted the cabin to be small, with room enough for only a bed, desk and small wood stove for winter heat. I decided on the geodesic dome as the shape for my cabin. To begin the project I constructed a nine-foot, ten sided deck using wood salvaged from a torn down shed and concrete pier blocks that were found on site. the skeleton of the dome To waterproof the roof, my plan was to use an old billboard canvass. To insulate the dome I used a combination of materials. I wrapped the outside of the dome with green vine maple to hold the plaster
Colorado Living DomeA geodesic dome outfitted for full-time living in Colorado. Dome by DomeGuys International.Bamboo, Wattle & Daub YurtPosted by Jeffrey | Posted in Earthen Yurt | Posted on 23-06-2012 Tags: aprovecho, bamboo, daub, earthen, kiko denzer, natual building, reciprocal roof, wattle, wattle and daub, yurt Project led by: Kiko Denzer Location: Aprovecho, Cottage Grove, OR Date: August 2012 This earthen yurt was built as part of the ‘sustainable shelter series’ at Aprovecho. The yurt is made from site harvested bamboo, lashed together using recycled bailers twine. The beauty of the yurt is the circular space it contains, we live so often in box shaped houses with box shaped rooms. The project made me think a lot about the underused power of the circle in architecture and society. The bamboo framework The bamboo framework anchors into the deck The wattle is woven into the yurt framework, notice the tire which aided the raising of the reciprocal roof The reciprocal roof Fun with circles – part of the incredible building team The daub is applied to the inside of the yurt
Build A Log Cabin For $100Living in a cozy little cabin nestled in the woods is part and parcel of the classic Thoreau-inspired lifestyle most folks dream of now and then. But the romantic vision of log-home life is shattered — for many people — by the sheer cost of such structures, which can be as high as that of equivalent conventional homes. That doesn't have to be the case, however. My wife and I kept down the cash outlay for our “Walden” by gathering most of the materials from the land where our house was to stand, and then building it ourselves, using only hand tools. As a result, our small home cost us only about $100 to construct … and the project was so simple that we’re convinced anyone with access to a few basic implements and a good supply of timber could build a log cabin too. First Steps One of the ways in which we kept our expenses down was to choose an uncomplicated design for our cabin. The size of our cabin was limited more by our stamina than by the design. Log Foraging A Fine Floor
Mushroom Dome CabinTiny cabin with geodesic dome roof in Aptos, CA. Photos by Morgan. Stay in it here.Farmer Builds A House For Just £150 With Cob & Salvaged ItemsMichael Buck used only natural materials or unwanted items to build 'cob house' at bottom of his gardenHe said he wanted to challenge the notion that paying for a house should take a lifetimeHe is now renting out the property to a worker on a neighouring farm, who pays for her lodgings in milk By David Wilkes for the Daily Mail Published: 11:32 GMT, 25 November 2013 | Updated: 02:06 GMT, 26 November 2013 It looks like something straight out of Middle Earth – and the story behind it is almost as fantastical. This cottage cost just £150 to build, using only natural or reclaimed materials, and is now rented out for a fee of fresh milk and cream. And with no mains electricity, gas or water, the bills don’t come to much either. Scroll down for video Cob house: Michael Buck built this house at the bottom of his garden for just £150 using natural or unwanted materials he found in skips Homely: The cottage has a kitchen and dining area, along with a bunk-style bed to maximise space below Loaded: 0%
Build This Cozy Cabin For Under $4,000Related Content Build a Houseboat Here is a plan for how to build your own floating cabin, "The Live Aboard Houseboat." Rays of early-morning sunlight gently peek through the windows, easing you awake. Looking down from the sleeping loft, you see everything you need: a pine table; a box piled with hardwood, split and ready for the woodstove; and a compact kitchen in the corner. In this article, I’ll show you how to build a 14-by-20-foot cabin featuring a sleeping loft over the porch for about $4,000. My own cabin adventure began in 1986, when I built one as an inexpensive place to stay while constructing my house — that’s when I began learning what makes cabin design and construction successful. What follows is a cabin plan with the hands-on know-how I wish I had 20 years ago. I believe in building for the long haul. A Firm Foundation Every well-built structure begins with the foundation. Building the Floor Frame Start by gathering rot-resistant 6-by-6 timbers for the outer rim.
A DIY Geodesic Dome Greenhouse - A DIY Geodesic Dome Greenhouse ProjectIntroduction In early 2011, I built a geodesic dome greenhouse in my garden in Norfolk. I recorded the process of designing and building it in a diary-style as I went along, as much for my own record as for publication to others. The greenhouse is starting to fill with plants, and we have neen eating radishes and salad leaves. Feel free to leave a comment. 18th January 2011 The beginning: One of the first things to say is this: if you want to find out about building one of these structures, you really should look elsewhere. So: here's the site: The picture shows a 6-metre circle on the grass which is the proposed greenhouse size. Meanwhile, indoors, I have started making the hubs - the connection points for all the struts that make up the dome. This is a cutting jig for slicing the pipe up 2 inches at a time. And the finished pile of 46 hubs: 19th January 2011 Of course, it has struck me that I might be building a geodesic pile of broken sticks and polythene. 20th January 23rd January