Living in Wilderness…

Almost everyone dreams of a home in the woods somewhere…. Serene and peaceful.
But living with the wilderness implies more than trees, birds and butterflies…. img_20200609_012606_413Starting from familiar insects like mosquitoes and ants…
Rodents such as mice, bandicoots and rats…
Following them in the food chain…
Reptiles like lizards, geckos, venomous and non venomous snakes…
And Arachnids like spiders and scorpions…
All of these share their wild habitat with humans. But avoiding human wildlife conflict is important for the safety of our human families and for our wild family as well.

One certain way to do that is to establish clear boundaries for indoor and outdoor spaces.
A common misconception about natural building is that unlike cement buildings it is impossible to make natural buildings critter free.
It has been observed again and again that merely using cement does not keep the critters out.
But with the help of simple, local repellent techniques and careful attention to each and every detail of the skin of the building, it is definitely possible (and very much important) to design critter free spaces with local, natural materials.
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Rational Aesthetic….

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Beauty of a space comes not just from the form, textures and finishes of materials that we use, but also from the “limitations” of those…
Understanding a materials, embracing it’s vulnerability… It’s weaknesses gives us a better idea of revealing it’s beauty.
Most often we have a certain aesthetic idea on our mind… An idea often planted by the commercial visuals constantly bombarded on us.
And then we seek the materials to realize that idea…. Without thinking about its direct or indirect impacts.

It is time, we learn to reflect on what we find beautiful and why we find it beautiful…. Is it our idea of beauty? Or did someone else train us to think this is beautiful?
Our definition of beauty is being guided by airbrushed images of unrealistic women…. And our definition of a beautiful space, by glossy magazines… Aesthetics is not irrational…. It comes from something deep within us… What is your idea of beautiful?

PIC: Abhijeet Gandhi

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First coat of mud plaster…

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When it comes to working with natural materials, there are no standard proportions to follow universally. But there is a logical sequence to follow. Every type of soil will require different approach. But one has to learn to observe the behavior of the soil, find it’s quirks and make it beautiful….

And that my friends is “design”!

 

 

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Staircase….

It could be just a transition space, a necessary provision to be crammed in a corner and forgotten about….
Or, a staircase can be the life of a house, looking at everything from its own curious (and literally lofty!) perspective, throwing light and breeze all around…
It could invite us to sit around with our coffee mugs and chat with our loved ones…. It’s a place to find a book, forget where you were headed and get lost in the pages…
A place to step up to something wonderful or fly down restfully if you wish!

Here, old (फडताळ) cabinet door planks are reused as treads, raised very gradually on Adobe walls. These steps, wide and low are truly a child’s play to climb up and down. Throughout the day, there is bright, cheery daylight streaming down from a clear storey in the roof…. Treated bamboo poles are embedded in the Adobe supports, as handrails…
Didn’t take any extraordinary materials or technology to build it… 🙂

PC Abhijit Gandhi

Mud house in the woods…

I am planning to post pictures and descriptions of the recently finished projects on the blog from now… And in reference to that discuss various aspects of natural building. Watching how this works in coordination with th picture posts on the Instagram handle anujnadn

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People often look at the drawings of an earthen house and think that it looks too small…

1. Load bering earthen walls are much thicker than lean walls of a framed structure. Human eyes read the interior space in proportion to the walls and are not used to walls as thick as mud walls. That tricks the mind into assuming that the space is too small.

2. Most of the generic house designs involve a boxed space of standard dimensions without any considerations for the furniture, people and movement within that space. There is a lot of waste of space that ends up neither being of any physical use nor of any intentional aesthetic appeal….

If we look beyond these two common misunderstandings, we see that quality of space is not Directly proportional to the dimensions of the room!

Speaking of dimensions, this is indeed a small bedroom. 10’6″X16’6″ in size. All the furniture is built in and sculpted into its earthen walls, leaving plenty of space to walk around.
Spaces such as this one are designed inside out. First comes the space, movements in it and then the walls and furniture, merely a cocoon to embrace them all, snug and perfectly fit…. With wide windows giving glipses of the beautiful forest by the doorstep… and a roof incline, throwing sunlight just where you might need it next…