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Location: 5 Valleys, MT
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I haven't researched hay bails yet much, actually. I might look into it more and see if there is a good way of overcoming moisture related issues. The little skimming I've done on hay bail construction implies it won't be great for the area I'm looking at.
I'm strongly leaning toward a combo of underground and dirtbag construction. I'm thinking of doing underground with as much found material as I can and all the above ground structures dirtbag with thatched roofs. I found a simple design to set up a rainwater collection system off thatched roofs, too, which was my only major concern with them. As I said, my research isn't done yet, though. I may end up with something entirely different once it is. lol
YAY. I'm super excited for you. I read a lot of information on building your own home. It's a dream
of mine too. One of my favorite stories is about a waitress who built her own log home, then it burned
down just as she had finished. So she built it AGAIN!
Actually Mother Earth News has inspired me in so many ways on this topic. If your not familiar with it
you should definitely get a subscription.
This house is my inspiration. I don't know how feasible it would be to do something like this in the US, but I just love the idea of it
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