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BUILDING PRINCIPLES, DESIGN ELEMENTS, CONSTRUCTION STEPS

Page history last edited by JAE HAGGARD 12 years, 5 months ago

 

Building Principles & Practices

 Every Woman Can Build!

 

 

 We have chosen design & construction methods

that meet several important Building Principles & Practices here at Outland

 

o        As harmonious with and non-disruptive to the land as possible

 

o        Respectful and honoring of plant, animal and rock life

 

o        Accessible in the spectrum of what that means physically— walker, wheelchair, scents, light or sound pollution, chemical or environmental sensitivities, etc.

 

o        Affordable and doable

                  Can be build at minimal expense by one woman with a little help in one year

 

 

 

o        Nontoxic, natural and recycled materials. 

      Green & environmentally sound, alternative electric & water systems

 

o        Water collection, gray water & composting toilets

 

o        Principles and skills readily learned by women with little experience or expanded on by women with a range of experience. Buildable by women with few skills.

 

o        Relatively quick and easy to construct and maintain

 

o        Fitting to women’s needs and bodies

 

o        Aligned with Simple Living values-- small enough to be simple and large enough to meet our needs

 

o        Beautiful

 

o        Safe, Fun, Inspiring, Expanding, Confidence-building

 

 

 

 

   Design Elements of our 2009 Outlandish Adobe Cabins

 

 Design elements we consider or use for our Outlandish Adobe cabins

 

o        Post & beam frame— fast, inexpensive, sturdy

 

o        Concrete stem on floating footing  

o        Adobe plaster and “Puddled” / poured adobe between the posts and beams—fast, inexpensive, durable

 

o        Shed metal roof—fast, inexpensive, durable

 

o        Extensive glass doors & windows— to blur distinction between indoors and outdoors, for lightness and airiness, spaciousness & passive solar gain

 

o        Easily maintained— protected adobe, metal roof, metal-clad glass, accessible materials

 

o        Range of physical and financial accessibility features

 

o        Energy-efficient and alternative systems— solar hot water, composting toilets, energy efficient appliances, roof water collection and storage, gray water system, solar or wind generated electricity, composting toilets, etc

 

 

Construction Steps & Phases You Can Experience

  • Site

     

  • Tool Use & Safety

     

  • Foundation, Post & Beam Frame, Roof
  • Floor

  • Adobe Plaster

     

  • Windows/Doors, Frame Walls, Insulation

     

  • Electric System, Plumbing

     

  • Water Collection & Gray Water

     

  • Composting Toilet

     

  • Sealing & Trim
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  • Counters & Shelves

     

 

 

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