Earthen Floors

Earthen Floors have existed in the human culture for thousands of years. They are durable, beautiful, and provide thermal mass for any home. However, over time they began to develop a negative connotation, being associated with the developing world. However, earthen floors are making their way into modern society, rightly so. Sukita Crimmel, a pioneer…

Lime Plastering

Lime plastering is a traditional technique, composed of hydrated lime, sand, water, and sometimes finely chopped straw or hair for reinforcement.   The ratio of material is 3 parts mason sand to 1 part lime and water to taste.  Unlike earthen plasters lime is caustic so a trowel is the only way to apply the…

Shelter Series: Earth Base Plaster

Once the insulation dried, the wall were ready for the base plaster. The ratio of clay, sand, and chopped straw is 1:3:1 respectively. Water to taste. Remember,to test your soil first to figure how much clay or sand to add to it. At Aprovecho we have been working with an almost pure red clay and…

Shelter Series: Farm Office Wall Systems

The farm office was built using light straw clay and slip chip techniques. In continuation with the Shelter Series: Timber and Round pole Framing, the east and west walls were built with latter truss framing in preparation for light straw clay. Meanwhile, lathe was attached to the north and south wall for slip chip. Erica…