The Gnome Home: Part 1

The Gnome Home is a tiny natural dwelling in the Oregon woods at Aprovecho.  It’s the first natural building I have designed and built, along with my partner Bradley.  It took about 4 months to complete; however, this was also in between classes, so it could have been a little quicker! Nonetheless it was an amazing and empowering experience.  The frame of the structure was made using down trees found in the forest, light straw clay insulated walls and floor, clay plaster exterior and interior, salvage wood door and windows, dimensional wood sustainably harvested and processed on site, and hand built furniture.  Today, it is used to house work traders aka gnomes. Because I have covered these techniques, such as light straw clay before, this post is going to be more of a gallery with captions. Enjoy!

Before

Before

laying out the foundation

laying out the foundation

Digging and leveling foundation blocks

Digging and leveling foundation blocks

down timber found in the forest with no rot but beautiful texture

down timber found in the forest with no rot but beautiful texture

starting round pole timber layout

starting round pole timber layout

drilling holes for the rebar

drilling holes for the rebar

timber raised!

timber raised and floor framed with joist attached

inspecting materials for roof.... off cuts from onsite milling

inspecting materials for roof…. off cuts from onsite milling

Bradley on the roof

Bradley on the roof

view of roof before layers

view of roof before layers

bit of a mess but the roof layers are tar paper, three layers of 6 mil plastic, soil, and moss

bit of a mess but the roof layers are tar paper, three layers of 6 mil plastic, soil, and moss

attaching roof frame

attaching roof frame

light straw clay floor insulation

light straw clay floor insulation

supports under floor joisted and moisture barrier

supports under floor joisted and moisture barrier

experimental technique

experimental technique with timber framing pegs instead of a latter truss

stuffing walls

stuffing walls

2 by 6 floor installed

2 by 6 floor installed

installing door

installing door

“mossed” roof

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