Ever wanted to use hydraulic lime but not been able to find it in your area? Or perhaps you can find it, but it is going to cost you more than the rest of the house combined to ship it to your location. Have hope, there is a way to produce your own hydraulic lime […]
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There are lots of ways to estimate the cost of your house. The reality is that most homeowners turned contractors have very little experience with estimating and have even less experience compiling numbers for labor rates related to specific aspects of the job. As a result, many owner/builder or owner-contracted homes go way over budget. […]
Last week I was teaching the last seven day workshop of the year in Grants, New Mexico. The town of Grants is not that amazing, in fact, it looks like hard times may have set in some time ago. The surrounding area on the other hand is amazing. The natural and cultural history of the […]
Do you live in a loud neighborhood? Are you tired of looking at the same style wood fence around every home in your neighborhood? Building a straw bale landscape wall instead of a typical privacy fence around your garden may be a better choice. The straw bales not only provide privacy but also superior sound […]
Earth plasters are hard to work with. That’s not something that most people expect to hear when talking earth plaster. Most people expect that the natural plaster will be easy to work with and more fun because it is basically just glorified mud. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Earth plaster is an art form […]
Wondering if your construction plans are adequate to build from? Want to save thousands of dollars on your home construction? I can help you. I have helped hundreds of people achieve their goals and I can help you too. I offer all kinds of services from personal success coaching (www.CoachingBuilders.com) and basic project assistance to […]
Working with Natural Hydraulic Lime, you’ll want to have a big bottle of White Vinegar on hand. It has a lot of great uses, beyond making volcanoes with baking soda! I keep a gallon of white wine vinegar under my kitchen sink and in my tool trailer. The first use, and most immediate when working […]
When working with straw bale buildings, some people wonder whether mesh is necessary or not. I personally think it offers so many advantages that I don’t consider not using it anymore. So with that bias in front of me, I want to share a really important detail about mesh application. Mesh must be attached firmly […]
I can’t believe it, but I have been converted! I never thought I would stand on the side of spraying plaster as I have always believed that hand troweling is better; however, I was convinced of it this last week. After talking with Steven, a master lime plasterer from Scotland, I am fully convinced that […]
One of the cool things I learned this last week about lime plaster is the use of “pressing it back.” I had never heard this term, nor had I heard of the concept. It is quite simple and yet creates a very powerful effect on the strength and quality of the plaster. I had always […]