Installing an Earthen Floor into Our Cob Cottage

When we started on our earthen floor, we were fully aware that it was very much phase 1... and that phase 2 would most likely not happen for quite some time. Why? Because it was winter - rainy and wet... it would be ages before our first layer of earthen floor was dry. We went ahead anyway... Here are photos of the process...

 

Tamping down Pummus which would act as an insulating material beneath the floor.

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Putting a layer of black plastic on top of the pummus to act as a vapor barrier. Some people say to do this - others say not to. We decided to go with it because the area we have built Henry in is W-E-T!

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Vapor barrier in...

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Starting on the earthen floors. The timber acts as a guide to keep the floor level as you go. After removing the timber you fill in the gab with earthen floor mix (which is exactly the same mix as cob, minus the straw).

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Earthen floors are muddy work!

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After finishing the first layer of earthen floor, we need to wait for it to dry before starting on the 'finishing layer'. We're expecting to get some significant cracking as the base mixture drys... This is okay as the next layer will simply fill in the gaps.

I'll update further on the earthen floor as we go along :)

 

Moving onto our first go at lime plastering!