$2,000 DIY Tiny Houses — 11 Comments

    • There is a famous church built of rammed earth in Stateburg near Sumpter.
      Rammed earth uses the same material – clay and sand with some silt and organic matter – to make walls directly on the foundation without having to make the puddled mud adobe bricks in forms which are then dried in the sun and put together with mud mortar to form walls. With adobe bricks protection from rain is needed until the walls are built and a good roof is built for protection. A foundation that gets six inches or more above the surrounding ground assures a long life for the building.
      Several homes of adobe have been built in recent years in North Carolina and one in Alabama by students from the Rural Studio at Auburn University. Several homes of compressed earth block were built in Mississippi so you are surrounded by examples of earthen construction.
      It would take a heroic effort but it could be done. (All owner-built homes represent a heroic effort.)

  1. I live in the city and the thought of rural living is very foreign to me. However I must say just looking at your tiny house and a rural location away from the noises and congestion of the big city seems welcoming right now maybe city boy might be converting. Good job for only two grand.

    • A sustainable rural location (garden, water, etc.) could save your life in depressions/economic crashes like it looks we’re headed into.

  2. if a person has to follow codes for building the envelope/shell, and not be able to use repurposed for that.

    then build an open floorplan with few stationary walls.

    after your home is complete, then you can build partitions and sliding walls of repurposed items.

    and when you ‘want to remodel/or just move things around, you don’t have to tear out walls! you can just move them around to shift your space.

    we are always shaping our shift.
    we are always shifting our shape.

    • Sounds awesome! I’ve only lived in conventional homes, never heard of being able to move things around after the fact! :D

    • Around 50% of the homes in the world are made with natural materials. Most are made with earth in developing countries. Some of these homes are hundreds of years old. The natural building movement is trying to build on this track record and create even stronger, better designs.

  3. I was planning on using Habitat for Humanity for supplies. it’s a recycled/donated place for building supplies/for inside as well as outside of a house.. Which plan/house building type takes the shortest time to build?? I rent where I currently live, the landlord never fixes anything, home is falling apart. You have to pay him if you want him to fix anything. Or do it yourself. He uses druggies to fix/build anything. Our back porch had to be rebuilt a few yrs back, (3 yrs at the most, I believe). It already needs to be rebuilt, (been needing to 2 yrs after it was built). Shotty work, exposed/half hammered in nails, no protective anything applied. Just slapped together. Their’s your porch.. Their are alot of soft spots in the floor, various spots, but mostly bathrooms. The driveway is almost eroded away, my boyfriend already knows he will have to fix it, since the landlord won’t.. This is why I been wanting to get out soon as I can..

    • It’s difficult to give detailed advice since everyone has their own preferences, live in different climates, codes, etc. It also depends how long you plan to stay there. Two quick options: 1. recycled wood framing, 2. for longer term I would suggest post and beam straw bales on gravel bag foundation.

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