Earth floor for the new food store

As we prepare for our big Natural Building course this coming week we are putting down a new earth floor in the bathroom/food storage block, as the walls here will be used in the course to demonstrate new earth wall-building techniques (the lower level will be used for food-drying and storage; the bathrooms are upstairs).

We are using the same system (the Peter invention) that was originally used in the small shack down in ‘Vietnam’ – large rocks around the perimeter ring beam/stem wall and to create a beam lengthways through the centre for support. On top of this, laid the other way we are placing large bamboos, of around 8-10cm diameter, with some small gravel infill, then larger pieces of unsifted dirt, and finally sifted dirt, tamped well in layers and in small sections to create a type of rammed-earth floor. Simple and effective!

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