Earth Garden Building Book
by Dr Bob Rich & Keith Smith

 

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Contents
Planning your home   1
    Why build?    1
    Building blues    4
Design   7
    Be your own Architect    7
    The design process    7
    Finding three dimensions in two   10
    Design games   12
    Models help you to design   15
    Solar efficient design   17
    Living in an Alistair Knox house   21
    Bushfire defensive house   25
    Flood defensive house   29
    Cyclone (hurricane) defensive house   32
    Navigating in the Timber Framing Code   35
    Earth Walls   38
    Good design saves on plumbing   38
    Kitchen design   39
On site  42
    Safety on site   42
    Site access and layout   44
    Setting out the site   48
    Setting out the building outline   54
Setting up  56
    Bracing   57
    Scaffolding   59
    Homemade ladders   65
Strong foundations  69
    Footings and floors   69
    Concrete slab   78
    Vertical concreting   81
    Organising a concrete pour   84
    Pouring and finishing concrete   86
    Earth floors   91
    Slate jigsaw floor   92
    And bed floors   94
From the earth  95
    Any soil will do   95
    Quick & easy mudbrick moulds  101
    Dropping a mudbrick  102
    What is a good earth wall?  103
    Rammed earth  106
    Ramming tools  109
    Forts in the desert  114
    Mudbrick  117
    Mudbrick laying  121
    Mixing mortar  124
    Mudbrick arches  129
    Formwork cob (poured earth)  130
    Earth brick presses  135
Strawbale: Low cost sustainable building with strawbale 141
    Footings  141
    Loadbearing strawbale walls  143
    Earth-lime render for strawbale walls  146
    Designing for a strawbale home  148
More about mud 150
    Rendering earth walls  150
    Fixing things to an earth wall  155
    Many ways to mix mud  157
    Puddled mudbricks  158
    Mud mixing by trailer  159
    How the Muddies built a monastery  160
    Bottle mosaics  163
Stone endures 165
    Types of building stone  167
    Slipform stonework  168
    Tonnes of granite  169
    Fourteen slipforms  170
    Splitting bush sandstone  173
    Building with bluestone  175
    Building stone arches  179
    Two faced stonework  180
    Our granite house  184
Woodworking skills 185
    Measuring  185
    Sawing  191
    Hammering  197
    Using an adze  202
    Adzing tips  202
Timber 204
    Post and beam design  204
    Lift that pole  209
    Basic pole shelter  212
    Pole frame house  214
    Sumatran pole house  214
    Laying a timber floor  216
    Building a stud-frame wall  222
    Building adventures  227
    Nailing on weatherboards  228
A roof overhead 231
    Roof framing  231
    Flat or cathedral ceiling  235
    Constructing a skillion roof  236
    Constructing a gable roof  237
    Constructing a hip roof  247
    Roof trusses  252
    Putting on roof battens  258
    Finishing gable ends  259
    Fascia spouting  261
    Nailing on roof metal  264
    Sequence of roofing operations  267
    The Pink Palace: mudbrick domes and vaults  268
Doors and windows 271
    Hanging a door  271
    Windows  274
    Cutting glass  287
    Puttying  288
Creative recycling 290
    Creative recycling  290
    Denailing  293
    Car cases  294
    Apple box shingles  295
    Paper mudbricks  295
Appendices 296
    Access directory  296
    Bibliography  300
    Glossary  303
    Index  311

 

 

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