Owner/builders or DIY’s (Do-It-Yourselfers) can achieve some of the lowest building costs. This charming adobe home was built by the owner using recycled materials.
The finished style of these bricks are deeply pointed to exemplify the brick shape. The finished style, whether it be pointed to plastered smooth, is entirely the choice of the home owner.
This cottage has a large workshop on the lower level with a one-bedroom studio on the upper level.
Finished adobe home with a pointed finish.
This two-story adobe brick home required a buttress on the lower level to support the wall span as there were no interior adobe walls. Your engineer will place buttresses where required in the design of your structure.
This picture shows repaired cracks that were ½” (10mm) wide or more. The cracks were most likely due to laying improperly cured bricks into the wall. The cracks did not penetrate through the thickness of the wall, but as you can see repair is possible for even large cracks.
A finished two-story adobe home built by owner-builder (DIY). Notice the buttress (short exterior wall) on the lower level to support the wall span as there were no interior adobe walls. The engineer will design appropriately for your project.
Concrete lintels can be cast to suit most any shape.
This photo shows recycled timber joinery that has been restored. This owner-builder took time and effort to find and use doors discarded from a previous structure.
Though it is not advised for breathability issues, the exterior of this adobe home has been painted using ordinary house paint.
A rounded pointed adobe brick wall meets a smooth adobe plastered wall. Often it is a nice contrast to have walls finished differently.