More excellent advice from Ziggy over at Year of Mud blog who’s busy building his straw bale/post and beam home.
“If you want to build a natural home, or any home, really, expect that you will have to perform building maintenance. I think that generally speaking, it’s nice to consider how to limit the maintenance necessary over the lifespan of the home. As with anything in this world, however, consider the issue of balance. Can you afford time to devote to maintaining earthen plaster potentially every other year, or would you rather use a more durable lime plaster, which can take the weather, but has more embodied energy, and is more expensive? It probably depends.
The level of building maintenance varies according to the style of home and culture, and in our culture, you probably won’t find many people willing to rub fresh clay/manure into their floor each day, as they do in some places. When I think about this topic, I also can’t help but consider how we think of homes as something that we’d like to have around for years and years. We put a lot of value into buildings that last for generations (myself included). If we’re going to take the time, energy, and expense to build, that house should last for a long time.”
Read the entire article at the source: Year of Mud