Furistic House

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by thedonkeyman, Apr 18, 2006.

  1. thedonkeyman

    thedonkeyman Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2005
    I have a situation. There is this family who is attempting to move to some property where it is extreme HUMIDITY. If you build out of wood, it either rots or the Bugs eat it, or it MOLDS. SO, what IF you built a, two story round concrete, Cylinder Dome House . I know this is NOT a frontier look, but this is in an area of this country where the Delta water is high half the year and the wind might just Blow your roof off. One issue is the MOLD, so my thinking is to seal the concrete. Can this be done to prevent MOLD ? This structure as futuristic as it might appear has to be large enough for eight people but, keep the cost down. I know that gowing UP is less than gowing out, or is it ?
  2. Jenn

    Jenn Well-Known Member Supporter

    Nov 9, 2004

  3. JAK

    JAK Well-Known Member

    Oct 15, 2005
    New Brunswick
    Interesting question. I like the idea of a round concrete structure with nothing built up against the external walls so you can have clean access for inspection and cleaning. It could be like a hallway that goes all the way around your house with an inner wall and an outer wall. Also there could be sunlight from overhead to reduce mold problems. The other possibility might be to allow certain plants to grow in this perimeter space that control molds and spores and whatever. Perhaps moss and other such plants that grow naturally on rocks and concrete in such conditions. It could still be used for storage, but with sealed containers, and spaces around them for air circulation.

    The interior living space could be controlled with dehumidification and air exchange control, either with the perimeter space and/or directly with the outside. The heat from dehumidification and air conditioning and refrigeration could be used for heating hot water. Wet processes such as laundry and showers and cooking might be more connected with the perimiter space, whereas dry processes such as clothes storage and living and sleeping might be more protected within the inner envelope. Solar evaporation processes alone might not be enough to keep this inner sanctum dry, but if you manage air and moisture and energy and space wisely you should be able to keep you energy costs to a minimum.

    This is more for a cold damp climate than a hot damp climate,
    but here is some architectural inspiration:

    "Brochs vary from 5m to 15 metres in internal diameter, with 3 metre thick walls. On average, the walls only survive to a few metres; the best examples (Carloway, Telve, Troddan, Mousa and Dornaigil) are up to 13m tall, however it is not clear whether all brochs originally stood this high. A frequent characteristic is that the walls are galleried (the outer and inner wall skins are separate but tied together with linking stone slabs, with an open space between). These linking slabs may in some cases have served as steps to higher floors. Beside the door, it is normal for there to be a cell breaking off from the passage; this is known as the guard cell. It has been found in some Shetland brochs that guard cells in entrance passageways are close to large door-check stones. Though there was much argument in the past, it is now generally accepted that brochs were roofed, probably with a conical timber framed roof covered with a locally sourced thatch. The evidence for this assertion is still fairly scanty, though excavations at Dun Bharabhat, Lewis, have supported this interpretation. The main difficulty with this interpretation continues to be the potential source of structural timber, though bog and driftwood may have been plentiful sources."