Posted by Katherine on October 27, 2005, 9:04 pm
You could consider building a Yurt or a strawbale structure. Both are
relatively easy to build and would keep you warm during the Midwest
winter. Also, Yurts can withstand over 100 mph winds and after a
strawbale structure is stuccoed it is quite strong. Yurts can also
handle fairly large amounts of snow on the top.
Here are some links that may help you:
http://www.pbm.com/~lindahl/articles/yurt/ - How to build a 16' Yurt
http://www.yurts.com/ - In case you don't know what a Yurt is
http://www.granolagroovy.com/sh-buildcabinone.htm - These guys built a
straw bale cabin
I hope this is helpful or at least gives you some ideas to
Posted by Larry Caldwell on October 27, 2005, 9:59 pm
That structure has some good ideas, but would not be legal in many
parts of the USA. The footing was totally inadequate, and there was no
sesimic bracing. Between frost heaves and earthquakes, it would be a
pile of rotten rubble in short order. That's a lot of work to build
something that isn't even safe.
Posted by Bob Morrison on October 27, 2005, 11:03 pm
In a previous post Larry Caldwell wrote...
While I can't speak for the particular house shown on the website, straw
bale construction can be designed to resist both frost heave and seismic
Bob Morrison, PE, SE
R L Morrison Engineering Co
Structural & Civil Engineering
Posted by Larry Caldwell on October 28, 2005, 12:13 am
Bob Morrison wrote:
Of course they can. That one wasn't.
Posted by ms_peacock on October 28, 2005, 8:05 pm
Maybe they built it where they don't have frost heaves or earthquakes. Or
maybe since it's just a cabin those things weren't a big concern.