Shelter can be as basic as an overhanging tree limb or as complex as a mansion in Beverly Hills. Most owner-built homes are somewhere in between. It’s much easier than you would think, and mostly begins with information, confidence and ideas.
Starting from scratch is very satisfying, but there are some helpful hints that will make it all go a lot smoother.
Concrete is a very versatile and strong material. It is fairly cheap, very durable, and can be used by the beginner in all kinds of techniques and applications.
Dirt is one of the most readily available and versatile materials. And cheap too. There’s adobe, brick, rammed, earthbag, rapidobe, and more.
Within building, you can use fabric as forms, retainers, temporary shelter, flooring, the foundation for acrylic concrete, and more.
The foundation is the most important component. It must be strong enough to support the weight of the building without breaking or sinking.
The roof is the most expensive component of your building. However, there are many choices, whether you want metal, concrete, acrylic concrete, vaults.