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Poured Earth Homes

More people today are becoming interested in poured earth homes. These houses are Eco-friendly and there are always plenty pf places to find the necessary building materials. The materials used in traditional home-building are not as safe from toxins as poured earth. This is one earthen type of construction that is enjoying popularity.


Poured Earth Homes

Poured earth is not mud, it is actually more than that. It is similar to concrete, in that you use dry cement along with an aggregate for binding the materials together. Poured earth homes use soil instead of gravel or sand as the aggregate that you mix with concrete.

The soil you select for your structures that will be poured needs to be tested to determine if it meets the requirements. If your soil is not ideal, you can add things like magnesium oxide or lyme, to make your available soil correct to use. Once it's more compatible, you can determine the amount of cement needed to mix with the soil for your house.

In addition to the materials, you will need a way to pour them, like a concrete pump or a cement mixer. These can often be rented or borrowed from construction companies. If you need to hire someone to pour your house, that company will probably already have a cement mixer to use. You will also need wood or steel & concrete frames that will hold the poured earth as it dries, and becomes your walls. In addition, some finishing material is necessary for the outdoor and indoor walls.

Poured earth homes usually cost about the same build than do traditional houses, but they can also run a little higher. Until they become more widespread, they are considered customized buildings, making their construction costs slightly higher. But these houses are cheaper to maintain and are energy efficient and the costs will go down, as companies develop more standard types of poured earth houses.

Pour It On ...

Poured earth homes are very durable, much like concrete buildings. They are quiet inside since the walls are thick, and there are no chemically treated woods, insulation or other building materials that contain toxic elements. These houses are low-maintenance buildings, able to resist some of the everyday wear and tear that all homes face.

Cooling or heating your home is also easier, since the walls retain ambient temperatures. This makes it easier to maintain a consistent indoor temperature. The construction of these houses is quite speedy as well, especially compared to conventional homes which can bring down the labor costs involved in these dwellings.

Once you have a foundation in place, you will erect the frames and fill them with your mixture of poured earth. You can add spaces between dual walls as well, for better insulation. After the earth has set and cured, the walls can be finished with a mix of straw and mud, or with plaster. You can paint the walls, inside and out, any way you want them.

Conclusion

Poured earth homes are similar to concrete houses, in the way they are made and poured, but the soil you utilize makes it more economical to mix and pour. You need almost no maintenance for walls of poured earth, and they resist the aging effects of rain and sun.


 
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