Few or No Residential Building Codes in Brewster County, Texas — 6 Comments

  1. Have been following your site for sometime. I am especially interested in the earthbag idea and think that is the way to go. One question. I see many allusions to the idea of protection of the lower areas. Has anyone used lower course of stone, say a meter high. Perhaps with another matrix, before beginning the earthbags. Much volcanic stone as well as river rock where I plan to build.
    Thanks Jimmie

    • Sure. That’s called hybrid construction. Use what makes the most sense and is cost effective. For most people that involves using gravel bags on lower courses (filled with crushed river rock, pea gravel, crushed scoria, etc.) Using insulating gravel such as scoria in cold climates. Go as high as the windowsill if necessary to prevent damage from blowing rain or deep snow. Building lower walls with mortared stone looks Great! I love it. See previous blog posts on stone houses. The thing is stone building is very, very slow. I tried it one time on a small foundation and was stunned at how slow it is. If in doubt, practice on a tool shed and see what you think.

  2. I think you must consider new building materials in new cost to save energy and protect the houses from disasters like fire, tornados, … when climate is changing every year.
    It is strange that so many houses in USA are still built from wood and chip boards and material like celular light weight concrete is still unknown to many people.
    Promoting the CLC is a very good thing this forum can do to the benefit of million of Americans

  3. I got a funny email last week that still makes me laugh. They asked about areas with no codes so they could make a “Check-out Ranch” to get away from the madness of modern society. One interesting detail is they want riparian land so they’ll have water, trees, vegetation, wildlife and better soil. Good idea. Riparian areas are also very beautiful and, in hot areas not as hot.

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