Snow



Main street, Kingston, New Mexico, during a blizzard. The building on the right with the steeply-sloped roof is an EcoNest, a timberframe building with straw-clay infill built by Robert LaPorte. That design is a great one for big-snow country: a one-story building with a loft under a steep roof.

There's photos of a different EcoNest up by Taos in the Build Here Now photo tours. There's also photos there featuring Robert LaPorte and the straw-clay process.


Big, expensive, luxury strawbale guest house at the Black Range Lodge. Good overhangs. But note the snow accumulating on the viga-like protruding log directly under the peak of the roof. Think about the consequences of something like that in a place that gets lots of snow and rain.


Big overhangs! The snow sliding off the roof isn't even touching the wall. That's about 4' deep there at the end.


A strawbale dome that's been on its last legs for a couple years or more. Last time I was out there at the beginning of July '01, it was lookin' mighty poorly. Think about the weather before you build! Yeah, this was an experiment - but it seems that there's a person or two who just don't want to let it go.



(photo credit: my lovely bride)

This is the remains of an almost identical dome in Davidsonville, Maryland. There's some photos of this one going up in the Colloquium East section.



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