Category Archives: Construction Method

How to Get a Free House

Inspiring preservation work. Lots of sweat equity is required but proving to be a workable path to a mortgage-free home. “Today’s One Minute Tip comes from Historic Preservation Carpenter Paul Cutting in Decorah, Iowa. He recently won an award for documenting log homes from pioneer times.” – Apartment Therapy Read more about Paul Cutting: How to Get […]

Making Adobe Bricks the Old Fashion Way

Making adobe bricks is hard work but so simple almost anyone with a strong back can do it with this age old low tech approach. “It is (was) June in the southwestern USA and as is typical it is hot and very dry-what better time to make adobe bricks because they also like it hot […]

Designboom’s Container Office

Here’s a simple approach for using shipping containers for a live-work space. Minimal insulation is provided by insulating paint and the arrangement of the containers and clever positioning of the original doors help block ocean winds. “Designboom is a publication and blog that focuses on design, architecture, art, photography and graphics. Their main offices are […]

Helicoptered Home – 5 Minute Set Up

Here’s an example or extreme prefab… pre-build the whole house and fly it in. “In remote lake-and-hill country within Switzerland, building on site is often not an option – some spots are, at best, accessible only by motorcycle, small car or boat. This house was dropped off and installed in record speed.” Read more about […]

Why Tiny Texas Houses Doesn’t Build Houses on Trailers

The folks at Tiny Texas Houses explain why they don’t build tiny houses on wheels. “…As to people building them and using them to run down the road a lot. Weight, pieces falling off at 60 mph, cross winds, driving into winds affecting true wind pressures and likely lack of consideration in construction will eventually […]

Tiny Earthen Dome Home

Here’s an unusual approach that combines a couple of building techniques. “The dome is built from reclaimed and earthen materials and according to Jeffrey ‘this project started with the idea, that if we reduce the amount of space we live in, we are forced to utilize outside space more.’” Learn more about this Tiny Earthen Dome […]

Shipping Container Home Model Kit

This is clever – a kit for visualizing how a shipping container house could be configured. I’ve ordered one and will share what I find in a video as soon as I can. Here’s a quote from their website: “Have you ever sat and pondered on Container home design ideas? Do you want to build your own shipping […]

Earthen House Built by Hand

The folks at Peak Moment TV interview a fellow that’s built an earthen home in western Washington. “Greg Crawford shows the magical wattle-and-cob house he built with hand tools using local materials: alder trees in the surrounding forest, and clay from what later became the house floor.” Learn more about this Earthen House Built by Hand […]

Rammed Earth Building Course – Norfolk Broads UK

If you like the idea of building with rammed earth, Michael Thompson teaches a two day course in the UK. Below are the summer course dates. “Learn to build using what mother nature provides, within my own Rammed Earth Eco-Shed on The Norfolk Broads!These fun and friendly courses will be held over two days and […]

Earthbag House in Turkey Survives 6.1 Earthquake

Of all the building methods earthbags seems the most inviting. Here’s another example of their strength under adverse conditions. “The house has a diameter of 6 metres and is circular for maximum strength. After a winter of deluges, unprecedented freezing nights and last week a 6.1 earthquake, the house is still standing not only strong, […]

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