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[Cob] Design Conceptjamie kennedy jahme88 at yahoo.com
Wed Feb 9 15:54:43 PST 2005
Hello Coblist, Howdy all! I have been reading the list for awhile now and have yet to post anything as I am just in the designing and dreaming stage. I wanted to run the design idea I have come up with by you folks for critique. I love the idea of cob, but in my region (missouri) we have all four seasons and I don't think just cob will cut it for warmth in the winter months. We need insulation too. SO I have come up with a hybrid idea with strawbale...and to make matters more complicated..hehehe I MUST have a geodesic dome roof! My basic idea is to erect the roof first on riser posts with a very wide overhang brim around the base of the dome shell. Instead of being absolutely round the base of the dome kit and therefore the shape of the house is a decagon...which will allow me to fill-in between the posts with strawbales. My plans for a foundation are to use large tractor tires and fill them with gravel and compact it till it rings, lay the bales on top and then on the inside and outside "plaster" the bales with thick cob, I am thinking atleast 6" on both sides. I guess my question is, for those who have knowledge, how would this work out.....will the cob stick to the bales and allow them to breathe? I wouldn't use anything but natural plasters on the cob finish with perhaps a limewash on the outside. The wide brim around the roof base would allow me to work in not so perfect weather to finish the walls. Only the northern half of the house would be cob/bale, the southern half will be glass brick and cob...atleast that's my idea. My goal is to create a hybrid home that could be built by hand and is absolutely sustainable, using Mike Reynolds Earthship systems concept, Buckminster Fuller's geodesic dome and natural and sustainable materials. Ambitious but doable I believe. I welcome any comments or contacts. Thanks Alot, Jamie Jo Kennedy jahme88 at yahoo.com __________________________________ Do you Yahoo!? Yahoo! Mail - Easier than ever with enhanced search. Learn more. http://info.mail.yahoo.com/mail_250
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