Our neighbors are building a rammed earth home on their Haiku Maui property and they built this little experimental project to test some techniques. It's not finished obviously, but it's coming along. The walls are made with mud and concrete in different ratios - that was part of the test. The outside will be covered with a stucco like coating, also using the earth, so it will keep the natural brown color.
In this building, the walls are only 7 inches thick, but in the big house, the walls will be 16-18 inches thick. That's a lot of rammed earth! I guess it will be sort of like an adobe house... keeping the interior nice and cool... no need for AC.
I hope to be updating the progress on the main house... right now it's just a concrete slab. Got questions about building with rammed earth?
These neighbors are very enthusiastic about their off grid Maui home and garden... they have a HUGE veggie garden and some chickens. They are trying to live a self sustaining lifestyle, to be more independent. I have to admire their determination.
For more info about living off the grid on Maui - talk to a local expert...
Georgina M. Hunter R(S) e-Pro 808 283-9635