My favorite low cost, sustainable foundation method is earthbags filled with gravel on a rubble trench (double-bagged for strength). But it’s always good to have options because each project is a little different.

‘Urbancrete’ is slang for old concrete that has been torn out. Flatwork slabs such as sidewalks and driveways work best. It can be recycled and stacked like stone. Talk to some demolition companies and concrete contractors and soon you’ll have access to truckloads of urbancrete, most likely for free.

Recycled Concrete Wall Project from Mother Earth News (click to enlarge)

Recycled Concrete Wall Project from Mother Earth News (click to enlarge)

Here’s another project from Mother Earth News that provides some tips on working with urbancrete for foundations, patios and garden paths: www.motherearthnews.com/Do-It-Yourself/2006-12-01/Concrete-Brick-Paths-Patios.aspx?page=6


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Urbancrete — 2 Comments

  1. I’ve heard both terms used. However, the term urbanite could be confused with someone who lives in an urban area. (Wiki has a definition, if you’re interested.) Urbancrete combines the words ‘urban’ and ‘concrete.’

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