How deep should a foundation of a loadbearing construction be? For a ground plus one storey loadbearing house a strip foundation of 1′-6″ below ground level is sufficient. What is important is that soil and silt is removed and that the wall rests on murrum.This area is a hill slope zone
A Very Indian Brick Bond
We developed a 1-1/2 brick bond for our project at Kanha National park. For the load bearing ground +1 structure with corner reinforcements within the walls.
A video in marathi on rainwater harvesting. Thats a video taken at biome environmental solutions(bangalore), where i worked for a long time.
Lime:Wet Slaking Process
Process of lime slaking can be seen here in a youtube video on my channel. Meghana and I wanted to suggest lime plaster at an ongoing site and hence we took these trials of the material.
My husband and I had been gifted these second hand sofas ( 3 seater+two seater) a couple of months back. Thanks to these that we had some seating in our living room. They actually made it look like a living room, cause there was hardly any other furniture there! However
Autocad drawing in hindi
I often work directly with craftsmen and their labour. Some english words are visually familiar to them. However instructions can be written in hindi/marathi for ease of communication. This effort has given me excellent results and a lot of appreciation from workers.
Ringing of the brick
Recently, Pooja and I were on site at our project near Kanha National park when we saw how the bricks weren’t crumbling on impact. We are keeping the external facade bricks exposed with mud mortar pointing.
Thanks to my Yoga instructor, I got a chance to help him make a cowdung plastered floor in the garden of his house.Location: Javakhedkar's house, near Karve statue, close to Rahul nagar, Kothrud, Pune. He got the dung from : the canal road near the state bank of india chowk
Traditional Cob Building
It is a privilege to witness traditional cob building. This is seen in remote rural areas of India where soil is good and where the notions of concrete development haven't reached people yet.
RAINWATER FERROCEMENT FILTER
Below are drawings D1 and D2 of a rainwater filter made for rooftop rainwater collection for two terrace areas of 100sqm and 40-70sqm respectively. The design consists of a first rain separator to the right and a filter chamber to the left.