Rammed Earth in Todos Santos

I was telling our neighbor about how I was interested in rammed earth architecture and had an itch to build something. Naturally, she knew several people with rammed earth homes and people with experience building them. I couldn’t pass up the offer to go for a ride and check out some local examples.

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The first place was an awesome little cabana that pretty much fit what I had in mind. A damp dirt/cement mix is packed into forms, then finished with locally fabricated steel doors and windows. Simple. Small. Cool.

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The next place was in progress and a more typical example. Rammed earth blocks are stacked, cemented and later covered in plaster. Basically, adobe.

Our tour was cut short by a flat tire, so we’ll pick this up later. In the mean time, maybe we’ll have to start  looking for a little plot of land and a big pile of dirt…

3 thoughts on “Rammed Earth in Todos Santos

  • October 29, 2014 at 11:01 AM
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    I just had to look that up on Wiki. I had no idea.

    High Thermal Mass – Cool, in more ways than one!

  • October 29, 2014 at 11:19 AM
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    Lot’s of attractive qualities and it’s perfect for a passive solar design. If it’s good enough for the Great Wall of China…

  • October 30, 2014 at 10:15 AM
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    about the flat tire, i just bought a set of pirelli chrono 185R14, its a really good tire… our friends Nat & Anita (from “el beso del sol” https://www.facebook.com/beso.delsol.7?fref=ts) are using the same tires… from chile to usuahia and then to alaska… no flat tire anymore since they make the change

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