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This, my first rammed earth project, is simple and small in structure.  The outside dimensions of the building are 13'x13', while the inside dimensions are 10'x10'.  The walls are 18" thick, a recommended width by many sources when no stabilization (e.g., cement or lime) is added, and they set upon a rubble trench foundation topped with 2' of mortared sandstone.  The roof is sod, and is angled at 8.1 degrees, an homage to the roof of the existing chicken coop.  The building will be used primarily as a baking studio and will be adjacent to a wood-burning oven.

Reader Comments (2)

Hey Brother this looks awesome!!! I also think you should add a photo of your beautiful wheel barrel/shovel hands.
I can't wait to see the end the result. Love ya, Lolily

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeah Ntuala

I will be watching this with great interest, I've been planning to do a rammed earth house on a rubble trench foundation for about two years now. Please keep track of your costs as I would be most interested in how much a rammed earth house costs per sq metre once you factor out your own labour. Keep up the good work :)

May 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGreg

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