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Home Work:
Handbuilt Shelter

Sample Chapter:
Louie Frazier
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Home Work: Handbuilt Shelter

BUILDERS: Louie Frazier (pages 4-5)

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Framing shop roof. No floor yet. Walls are covered with foam insulation on outside. Dark vertical and horizontal lines indicate structural grid of building, with 4H" bars of steel. (Insulation is flush with exterior of grid.) See drawings below for details. Roof covered with redwood shakes, Louie and Rufus framing the skylight
Louie's daughter Carrie putting spacers in foundation forms
Framing shop roof. No floor yet. Walls are covered with foam insulation on outside. Dark vertical and horizontal lines indicate structural grid of building, with 4H" bars of steel. (Insulation is flush with exterior of grid.) See drawings below for details.
There's a continuous bond beam with four bars of 1/2" steel on the top of the wall. Rafters were toenailed to treated 2-by-12's embedded in the bond beam. Concrete was then poured between the rafters.
Iron age hut shown in Shelter inspired the walls. "The only time I went up was over a door or window."
"Clothespins" in place, holding form to previously poured course. Foam insulation was then placed inside the form, on the outside of the building before pouring. Each course was 12" high, 8" wide, and 8' long, with two bars of H" steel. Concrete mixed in gas mixer.
Shop shown from other side. Studio windows at left
Bond beam being poured. Note how plywood "large clothespin" slips over previously poured layers.
"Large clothespin," used to hold form in place

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