Primitive Technology: Wood Roof Hut

“I built this wood roof hut in the forest using only primitive tools and materials. It should be pointed out that I do not live in the wild and that this is just a hobby. It should be obvious to most that this is not a survival shelter but an experiment in primitive building technology.”


Fast, Easy, Low Cost Soil Cement Floors

My Little Homestead has a new video series that documents each step of construction of Shea’s new earthbag bedroom. At the beginning of this particular episode they explain their favorite soil cement floor method.

They use this method as a subfloor or base for an earth floor (what they call cob). I think with practice and refinement it could create a passable finished floor with a bit of touchup later. Here’s the basic process: 1. Till the floor with a mini rototiller; 2. Moisten the soil with a garden hose and till the soil again; 3. Add 1/2” cement on the surface. They distribute the cement with coffee cans. 4. Moisten the floor and rototill. 5. Add more cement then repeat step 4 one more time. 5. Start at the center and gradually start tamping and leveling the floor. 6. Keep floor moist for several days so it dries and hardens slowly.

Related: Eleven Earth Floor Methods Check out the different methods and I think you’ll see how this My Little Homestead method compares very favorably. My Dirt Cheap Housing Instructable explains how you can save tens of thousands of dollars building your own home using techniques such as earth floors.

The Palace the Master Carpenter Built

This rustic handbuilt custom home has the highest rated comments I’ve ever seen on any video. Almost every comment says things like “This is the best house I’ve ever seen.”

Maurice has outdone himself again. This is the estate and roundwood palace he was hired to make unique and beautiful. The property includes a pottery studio complete with kiln, enclosed vineyard, a wine making building including the lift to bring the barrels up and down, wine cellar, chicken coop, enclosed garden, chicken coop, riding arena, horse barn, caretakers house, swimming pool, and main house. The unique and handmade wooden masterpieces are what makes this property amazing…not just that it is big and fancy. What do you think? Maurice lives and works in Riggins, Idaho.

Our blog emphasizes affordable housing made of natural materials. However, this video and home is so amazing that I couldn’t resist showing it.

Zero Cost Primitive Hobbit Shelter

This video is based on primitive and some modern technology, I only used firewood and cut branches from building construction place.

This video got over one million views in about two weeks. Obviously there’s interest in this sort of thing. In the right location you could offer workshops (very low cost) and make a small community of these shelters. Make them nice enough and you could rent them out to tourists.