Adobe in Action's Design & Construction Principles

Sourcing local soil for an owner builder project in Española, NM.

Sourcing local soil for an owner builder project in Española, NM.

  1. modest-sized, single-story adobe structures
  2. passive solar adobe design and siting
  3. sourcing local soil and aggregate for projects
  4. on-site, sun-cured adobe brick production
  5. low-impact, site-friendly foundation digs (gravel trench / concrete grade beam foundations whenever possible)
  6. natural adobe brick walls
  7. wood lintels
  8. wood bond beams
  9. shed & gable roofs with extended eaves (to facilitate the use of natural exterior plasters)
  10. interior earthen plasters and paints
  11. exterior earthen and lime plasters
  12. natural insulation strategies (whenever possible)