Papercrete is the ultimate building material for preppers, homesteaders, and off grid living enthusiasts. Not only is the building material incredibly inexpensive. How To Make Papercrete,Papercrete is a cement with fibers of some kind in it. These fibers can be just about anything, from paper and cotton to hemp, ect. Building with Papercrete and Paper Adobe: A Revolutionary New Way to Build Your Own Home for Next to Nothing. Front Cover. Gordon Solberg. Remedial.

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This design is based on a fairly small 16′ X 34′ steel building, but these structures are available in a papsr range of widths up to sizes fit for aircraft hangersand the lengths can be indefinite, since it is just a matter of adding more arched sections to lengthen the building. Eric Patterson makes adobe brick sized blocks of papercrete to build with, and mortars them together with a slurry of the same stuff.

Several other earthbag homes are also shown. It is a hybrid design, utilizing earthbags plastered with papercrete, a steel prefabricated Quonset-style vault, concrete floor, and wood-framed end walls.

This is rather inexpensive way to create substantial shelter. If you feel moved to assist us in this work, your kind donation would be much appreciated; this can be easily done through our PayPal account: My first mixer used a small electric motor mounted directly to a shaft suspended in a plastic 55 gallon drum where the mixing took place.

We wanted to build an environmentally sensitive and aesthetically pleasing home at adobw moderate price. Other properties of papercrete are: The double columns of the stem wall provides thermal mass on the inside and insulation on the outside.

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The addition of mineral material sand, adobe, etc.

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Plans Carriage House Kelly Hart, Designer This Carriage House was initially designed to create garage and shop space, as well as office and storage space for the designer’s personal use. Click Here for More Information.

With this mixer which I towed behind a Volvo station wagon I could make three or four wheel barrows full of thick papercrete in about twenty minutes. I’ve used newspaper, junk mail, magazines, books, etc.

There is potentially about s. Paper adobe is similar to papercrete, but instead of cement used to bind the paper fiber into a solid, clay is used as the binder. The more cement and mineral material that is added to the mix, the more fire proof it becomes.

After a year of making small batches with this, I graduated to a adoge mixer” designed by Mike McCain, which is basically a trailer made from the rear end of a car.


Disclaimer Of Liability And Warranty I specifically disclaim any warranty, either expressed or implied, concerning the information on these pages. We chose to create earthbag domes covered with papercrete recycled paper combined with cement and sand.

Depending on the type of mixer that is used to make pulp out of it, the paper might be soaked in water beforehand or not. This honest DVD documents details of the construction, insights gained, and the ups and downs literally!

This Carriage House was initially designed to create garage and shop space, as well as office and storage space for the designer’s personal use. Starshipenterprises Several pages about papercrete, with lots of good pictures, including a look at a large papercrete dome project with lots of slow-loading pictures, but worth the wait. For more information about this planand many others, visit our sister site www.


I am acquainted with both Eric Patterson and Mike McCain, who independently “invented” papercrete they called it “padobe” and “fibrous cement” and they have both contributed considerably to the machinery to make it and the ways of using it for building.

After about a half hour of draining the excess water from the slurry, the papercrete is like soft, workable clay, but not nearly as messy. DVD produced by Kelly Hart. The paper to be used can come from a variety of sources and is usually free.

In order to gain height, the steel shell is erected on top of an earthbag stem wall, and then the earthbags continue on up over the building. Kelly, and the GreenHomeBuilding team of experts, have answered thousands of questions for readers over the years, and we continue to publish up-to-date information about increasingly important sustainable architecture.

Paper Observatory Domes Early approach to creating lightweight domes. Cured papercrete acts like a sponge unless it is coated with something to stop the entry of water.

The second floor joists and tie beams are essential elements of the design, since they resist deformation of the vault from all of the weight on it. Since the steel vault is completely covered with insulating earthbags, the building is very well insulated, and comfortable year-round.