Warracknabeal mud house

Soil for mud brick house, Warracknabeal, Wimmera

wm-jc-wbealmudhouse-569ycompwm-jc-wbealmudhouse-569compDescription:    Dry, fine soil,
a reddish Wimmera cracking clay

Location: flat, plain on edge of rural town

My values/ uses for soil to build a mud house:
– Building material for 5000+ bricks to create house, outbuildings and garden walls
wm-jc-chalcrackingclay-578comp– Mudbrick houses are energy efficient and easy to maintain.

Challenges -with their managements – for soil house building:
Clay was too fine for bricks so cracked – mixed with imported sand.
– Protecting the clay bricks from weatheringrendering of walls and floors.
Ageing – any cracks are easily fixed with the addition of more mud and water.

See more
– about manageing clay soil shrinkage and movement in the Box Hill Bridges Soil Selfies from Victoria
– another clay building in the terradome at Dimboola Soil Selfies from Victoria.
clay sport constructions in the Rifle Butts Soil Selfies from Warracknabeal, Victoria, and BMX circuit Soil Selfies from Adelaide, South Australia

Credits: Interview, photos, editing and page created by Jeanie Clark, enviroed4all®, Warracknabeal, for use in education under a (cc) licence 2015  John and Ros Martin, of Warracknabeal, gives permission for the photos and information to be used under a (cc) license 2015

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Page published 17 August 2015, updated 10 January 2016