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Old 03-03-2009, 09:12 AM   #1
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Adobe/Cob house?

Hey there, I posted a little while back asking about castle, and underground construction. (Which I'm still interested in btw). But, I recently read about Adobe homes, and Sod houses. Can anyone tell me why on earth Adobe homes are MORE expensive to build, then just using normal concrete?! Is this because most companys are not build to deal with Adobe? And the "customness" of the job, makes it more expensive??

I have never owned a home, and if I build one, this would be my first. I have very little DIY experience, but I have the will! I have very interested in the potiential to build. Land, from what I hear, is very cheep where I live. 1-3k per acre in some areas.

So has anyone ever built, or worked with Sod, Cob, Adobe, Straw, Papercrete or any other "earthy" materials? Would it be possible for me to build a house, out of any combination of these materials, to produce a house of a size and or style, that would normally cost much, much more with conventinal building material? Thanks for any suggestions/comments.


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probably because of the labor involved the ones ive seen the adobe bricks were made on site,i give you credit for wanting to do something out of the ordinary but that usually means more money in labor,engineering,permits etc..Keep researching good luck


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