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2013-11-26 09:17:36 AM
Or as they call it in the Third World, a house.
 
2013-11-26 10:50:56 AM
Folks used to build houses that way all the time.  I wonder why they don't so much anymore?
 
2013-11-26 10:51:32 AM
There's some lovely construction material over here!
i1.ytimg.com
 
2013-11-26 10:52:18 AM

Raoul Eaton: Folks used to build houses that way all the time.  I wonder why they don't so much anymore?


Big bad wolf.
 
2013-11-26 10:53:00 AM
i31.photobucket.com
 
2013-11-26 10:55:32 AM
I've been following the small house movement for the last year or so. They have a lot of great ideas mixed with stupid stuff like this.
 
2013-11-26 10:56:42 AM

Raoul Eaton: Folks used to build houses that way all the time.  I wonder why they don't so much anymore?



A few reasons but I think the major ones are that what people now consider minimally acceptable living conditions have changed and those simple mud houses still require constant upkeep so that they don't crumble into dust.
 
2013-11-26 10:57:24 AM

Raoul Eaton: Folks used to build houses that way all the time.  I wonder why they don't so much anymore?


Besides the low structural integrity, attractiveness to vermin and insects, and the never-ending dust?
 
2013-11-26 10:57:34 AM
Reminds me of the resurgence of thatched roofs in the UK.  They work surprisingly well and have to be maintained on about the same schedule as the asphalt shingle roofs in the US.  Some of this can be pretty cool stuff.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAgOTX7zEfw

/looked at a lot of alternative / historic building practices
/like the hay walls with stucco
/used tires work good too
 
2013-11-26 10:58:12 AM
That's the way adobe is made.


I was looking as some new developments down in Baja (San Felipe area) and quite a few were made out of this "shiat brick."  High R value,  $ value, and natural.  Sounds to be the way to go.
 
2013-11-26 11:02:02 AM
www.h3xed.com
 
2013-11-26 11:02:19 AM
Deep Thoughts
by Jack Handy

Whether they live in an igloo or a grass shack or a mud hut, people around the world all want the same thing: a better house.
 
2013-11-26 11:03:33 AM

BafflerMeal: Reminds me of the resurgence of thatched roofs in the UK.  They work surprisingly well and have to be maintained on about the same schedule as the asphalt shingle roofs in the US.  Some of this can be pretty cool stuff.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAgOTX7zEfw

/looked at a lot of alternative / historic building practices
/like the hay walls with stucco
/used tires work good too


Also. check out straw bale construction. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Straw-bale_construction
 
2013-11-26 11:05:09 AM

SonOfSpam: Deep Thoughts
by Jack Handy

Whether they live in an igloo or a grass shack or a mud hut, people around the world all want the same thing: a better house.


especially after the Big Bad Wolf comes around
 
2013-11-26 11:05:54 AM

uber humper: BafflerMeal: Reminds me of the resurgence of thatched roofs in the UK. They work surprisingly well and have to be maintained on about the same schedule as the asphalt shingle roofs in the US. Some of this can be pretty cool stuff.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAgOTX7zEfw

/looked at a lot of alternative / historic building practices
/like the hay walls with stucco
/used tires work good too

Also. check out straw bale construction. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Straw-bale_construction


never mind, I see you got that covered
 
2013-11-26 11:06:32 AM
Cob is wonderful. Look here

But if you like your high rise boxes and suburban look-alikes, this won't appeal to you.

PS - my outdoor oven in rammed earth and Cob. Performs beautifully and cost me $15 + my backbreaking labor.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/technopeasant/3365781237/
 
2013-11-26 11:07:31 AM
"'There's this idea that people must spend their lives paying the mortgage, which I wanted to challenge,' he said."

That's because people buy houses way bigger than they need.
 
2013-11-26 11:08:31 AM
Discarded pizza boxes are an inexpensive source of cheese...
 
2013-11-26 11:14:39 AM
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Why didn't they call Geico®?
 
2013-11-26 11:27:04 AM
Is this the 'Shiat-house' the crazy rats are coming from?
 
2013-11-26 11:27:49 AM
'There's this idea that people must spend their lives paying the mortgage, which I wanted to challenge,' he said.

Amen. The American Dream (TM) is a trap.

/I know, I know this is in the UK
 
2013-11-26 11:28:20 AM
"There's this idea that people must spend their lives paying the mortgage, which I wanted to challenge,' he said."

Most people do not have a large plot of land they live on that will provide all the building materials required and is sufficiently far from other houses that a septic or sewer system is not required and would like some sort of indoor plumbing, electricity and heating.
 
2013-11-26 11:33:06 AM
While this is on the farther end of one extreme, there is a lot of habitable space between there and McMansion.
 
2013-11-26 11:38:16 AM
What a shiatty house.
 
2013-11-26 11:57:27 AM

Greylight: While this is on the farther end of one extreme, there is a lot of habitable space between there and McMansion.


Indeed - a normal house, for example...
 
2013-11-26 12:16:38 PM
No Jimmy McMillan pictures?
img.fark.net
 
2013-11-26 01:14:58 PM
Or, as it is known in the american southwest and Mexico, Adobe.  Attractive, durable, and if you buy the bricks, expensive.
 
2013-11-26 01:16:33 PM
I would love to live in a small house one day, but I think I'd prefer a rammed earth structure, preferably with some electricity and plumbing.
 
2013-11-26 01:18:21 PM
The building inspector won't sign off, says you need a letter from an engineer.

Calls up engineer, "Yeah, the inspector said I need a letter. How much would that cost me?"

"To certify this thing meets code? I can't do it."

"No, no no. Just a letter saying that everything's alright. So you come out, take a look, but bring the letter with you so you can just drop it off while you're here. They said I need it by tomorrow otherwise they'll start fining me. So what am I looking at, about $200?"
 
2013-11-26 01:22:50 PM

This text is now purple: Raoul Eaton: Folks used to build houses that way all the time.  I wonder why they don't so much anymore?

Besides the low structural integrity, attractiveness to vermin and insects, and the never-ending dust?


Are we talking about the house in the article, or a typical 20th century apartment complex?
 
2013-11-26 01:24:29 PM

Loaf's Tray: Greylight: While this is on the farther end of one extreme, there is a lot of habitable space between there and McMansion.

Indeed - a normal house, for example...


If this doesn't challenge your idea how of normal, you might be missing the point.
 
2013-11-26 02:53:52 PM

Kahabut: This text is now purple: Raoul Eaton: Folks used to build houses that way all the time.  I wonder why they don't so much anymore?

Besides the low structural integrity, attractiveness to vermin and insects, and the never-ending dust?

Are we talking about the house in the article, or a typical 20th century apartment complex?


Do you use a hot iron to kill the crickets singing in your dirt walls, like settlers on the plains used to in dugout houses?
 
2013-11-26 03:11:54 PM

This text is now purple: Kahabut: This text is now purple: Raoul Eaton: Folks used to build houses that way all the time.  I wonder why they don't so much anymore?

Besides the low structural integrity, attractiveness to vermin and insects, and the never-ending dust?

Are we talking about the house in the article, or a typical 20th century apartment complex?

Do you use a hot iron to kill the crickets singing in your dirt walls, like settlers on the plains used to in dugout houses?


I live in neither such accommodations, so the answer is no.  Still, the question stands.
 
2013-11-26 03:23:19 PM

Greylight: Loaf's Tray: Greylight: While this is on the farther end of one extreme, there is a lot of habitable space between there and McMansion.

Indeed - a normal house, for example...

If this doesn't challenge your idea how of normal, you might be missing the point.


What do you know about my "idea how of normal"?  Are my only housing options a decadent 10,000 square foot rainforest-raping monstrosity or a dirt-n-shiat hut?
 
2013-11-26 05:04:56 PM

Loaf's Tray: Greylight: Loaf's Tray: Greylight: While this is on the farther end of one extreme, there is a lot of habitable space between there and McMansion.

Indeed - a normal house, for example...

If this doesn't challenge your idea how of normal, you might be missing the point.

What do you know about my "idea how of normal"?  Are my only housing options a decadent 10,000 square foot rainforest-raping monstrosity or a dirt-n-shiat hut?


You were given a range between mud hole in the ground and James Bond level volcano hideout and you said 'normal'.

The guy built the mud hut to get people to think about the idea of what 'normal' means. Not as a personal judgement on you, you reactionary dumbasss

/yes, that last part was a judgemental statement. I think I know you well enough now.
 
2013-11-26 06:08:35 PM

Ronin_S: I would love to live in a small house one day, but I think I'd prefer a rammed earth structure, preferably with some electricity and plumbing.


Damn right you would.

Shhh. Don't tell the others ...
 
2013-11-27 08:27:06 AM

Greylight: Loaf's Tray: Greylight: Loaf's Tray: Greylight: While this is on the farther end of one extreme, there is a lot of habitable space between there and McMansion.

Indeed - a normal house, for example...

If this doesn't challenge your idea how of normal, you might be missing the point.

What do you know about my "idea how of normal"?  Are my only housing options a decadent 10,000 square foot rainforest-raping monstrosity or a dirt-n-shiat hut?

You were given a range between mud hole in the ground and James Bond level volcano hideout and you said 'normal'.

The guy built the mud hut to get people to think about the idea of what 'normal' means. Not as a personal judgement on you, you reactionary dumbasss

/yes, that last part was a judgemental statement. I think I know you well enough now.


I was responding to YOU, not shiat-hut-guy, you blithering waterhead...
 
2013-11-27 09:23:03 AM

Loaf's Tray: Greylight: Loaf's Tray: Greylight: Loaf's Tray: Greylight: While this is on the farther end of one extreme, there is a lot of habitable space between there and McMansion.

Indeed - a normal house, for example...

If this doesn't challenge your idea how of normal, you might be missing the point.

What do you know about my "idea how of normal"?  Are my only housing options a decadent 10,000 square foot rainforest-raping monstrosity or a dirt-n-shiat hut?

You were given a range between mud hole in the ground and James Bond level volcano hideout and you said 'normal'.

The guy built the mud hut to get people to think about the idea of what 'normal' means. Not as a personal judgement on you, you reactionary dumbasss

/yes, that last part was a judgemental statement. I think I know you well enough now.

I was responding to YOU, not shiat-hut-guy, you blithering waterhead...


Through it all you never did get get past your self righteous indignation for at being challenged to think long enough to get the guys point and question what a 'normal' house is. This must be a common experience for you.

/dumbass
 
2013-11-27 11:18:08 AM

Greylight: Loaf's Tray: Greylight: Loaf's Tray: Greylight: Loaf's Tray: Greylight: While this is on the farther end of one extreme, there is a lot of habitable space between there and McMansion.

Indeed - a normal house, for example...

If this doesn't challenge your idea how of normal, you might be missing the point.

What do you know about my "idea how of normal"?  Are my only housing options a decadent 10,000 square foot rainforest-raping monstrosity or a dirt-n-shiat hut?

You were given a range between mud hole in the ground and James Bond level volcano hideout and you said 'normal'.

The guy built the mud hut to get people to think about the idea of what 'normal' means. Not as a personal judgement on you, you reactionary dumbasss

/yes, that last part was a judgemental statement. I think I know you well enough now.

I was responding to YOU, not shiat-hut-guy, you blithering waterhead...

Through it all you never did get get past your self righteous indignation for at being challenged to think long enough to get the guys point and question what a 'normal' house is. This must be a common experience for you.

/dumbass


I don't give a rat's ass what the guy's point was, I was responding to YOUR COMMENT as I originally cited; one dude's foray into sub-Saharan architecture doesn't make me question my concept of a million-dollar McMansion as normal and necessary for survival because like most sane people, I don't hold that belief.  You pointed out that there's "a lot of habitable space" between this extreme and a huge, extravagant home as if the average person could only realize that by having his mind blown by such a radical "outside the box" idea...this is already obvious to most people.  What this guy did is merely outside the norm, not some NOBLE, PIONEERING STRIKE at the BLIND CONSUMERISM that will one day DESTROY US ALL!!1!

But it must be that I'm too scared or dumb to rise to the challenge of abandoning my narrow idea of reality and realize that different is automatically AWESOME.
 
2013-11-27 02:06:46 PM
No, I am on solid ground with the whole dumbass hypothesis on this one. Occam's Razor and all considered.

/dumbass
/snicker
 
2013-11-27 02:18:58 PM

Greylight: No, I am on solid ground with the whole dumbass hypothesis on this one. Occam's Razor and all considered.

/dumbass
/snicker


Oh, I hadn't even considered "Cuz Occam"!  You're absolutely right!s3.amazonaws.com
 
2013-11-27 03:52:33 PM
Now that you have submitted to my obviously superior intellect do you think it is going to be difficult to engage people in public discussion of lifestyle change and downsizing our homes, what with all the tropes of vacuous snarky dumbasses and all?!
 
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