My mission is to teach you how to create things that are more affordable, more dependable, and more environmental-friendly that existing commercially-available options.
Ferrocement (pronounced “ferro cement”) is a way of constructing reinforced cement structures that are more resistant to environmental factors (like fire, earthquakes, and corrosion), and more affordable than conventional structures.My project is a book that shows you how to build ferrocement structures that give you the best performance for your investment, including a small cabin for less than $500 in materials.
Ferrocement is used in several third world counties to allow homeowners to build their own home quickly, cheaply, and without heavy equipment.
It is a sustainable building material and very versatile. Ferrocement does not need a lot of infrastructure, is strong, and has been used extensively to make homes, roof panels, water tanks, septic systems, boats, and fences.
We are in the process of building a model homestead, and have chosen to only use building materials and techniques that the common person can replicate and that are both practical and sustainable, in our research we became fascinated with the practicality of ferrocement, and how its use could allow anyone to cheaply build their own home.
By our calculations, a 16 foot diameter dome home's shell can be made of ferrocement for under $500 - putting it well within the reach of almost anyone in America.
However, we also found that the knowledge was not widely spread, and that the majority of the information was specific to boat building (yes cement CAN float if shaped properly).
The only good book on the subject dealt with water tanks and emergency water storage and only dealt with ferrocement as an addendum.
We will be making many projects on the homestead using this technique and will be documenting them in a book so that others can replicate the system and apply it to their needs.
As we did in our 52 projects book, The book starts small, and allows the reader to leverage experience they gain in early chapters to make more complicated projects toward the end of the book.
We will start with a livestock watering tank, a rain barrel catchment system, a rabbit hutch, some fencing, an open air picnic pavilion, and culminate with a dome cabin. (and anything else we need as we work this process).
Your backing will go towards materials, as the tool requirements for this method are simple hand tools.
Risks and challenges
This will be my third book, so I am well aware of the challenges to publication. My publisher thinks this is a good idea, but wants to see a product.
Since I want to make a product all I need is some help getting materials.
Other than being able to acquire a couple pallets of portland cement, a truckload of sand, and some chicken wire, the biggest challenge is time.
My homestead is a couple hours away from where I live, so I am forced to work on the weekends - luckily I have some good friends that think this project is cool, so I have lots of man (and woman) power to slap mud on wire.
We actually plan on starting in early July, and the majority of these projects can be completed in a couple days each. The cabin will take a couple of weeks total, and timing that will be a challenge, but I have a history of meeting challenges like this successfully.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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