If straw is kept dry it won't rot. You need to have a breathable plaster/lime/cob on the outside of the walls and a good vapor barrier on the inside. Moisture from the inside the house can't condense inside the wall and any moisture inside the wall can get out. Roof overhangs need to be long so rain won't blow/splash on the walls.Wont it eventually decompose and fall apart?
Ithaca, huh? I might have to go check it out.
Texican,I read it.... just don't understand the begging part. I know some homesteading families that using gofundme.... but at least they're offering real goods in exchange, in the future, when they're back on their feet. (They liquidated their goat herd, because another goat owner was selling them milk.... but they went out of business, and the families business model crashed and burned...)
Age has nothing to do with building a home.... neither does skills... As long as one is not disabled (and I'm sure there are differently abled folks on HT, that have indeed built their own homes) and can swing a hammer, or pick up a saw, or drill, one can easily (through hard work) build their own house. I did, without a single skill to my name... went to the library, picked up dozens of books on construction, plumbing, electricity, roofing, everything, studied them, bought a few cause I got em 'dirty' carrying them to my homesite.... made lots of errors, but the errors were learning opportunities, and were cheap, compared to hiring a professional.
This IS a self reliance site.... ask for help, many, including myself, would go into as much detail as necessary to get anyone over the hump.... asking for money? what has one gained, if someone gives you everything... trust me, one appreciates what they've done a lot more, if they have to scrimp, *gasp* save, and work extra jobs, and scrimp and scrounge for material...
IF I offended anyone, my pardons.... just have 'issues' with people trying to skip processes that everyone use to engage in.... that of earning something, on their own, and not 'asking' for handouts....