Designing a Natural Pool with additional fish habitat area for the Sustainable Hemp Home Series.
Since the Hemp Home Designs are all about Sustainability. Why wouldn’t the pool be as well and while we are at building a natural pool we might as well incorporate a fish habitat into the natural pool design. This will allow the pool to serve as a food source in addition to the entertainment value.
Reserving at least 50 percent of your pool’s surface area for shallow plants, either at one end or in a ring around the sides, eliminates the need for chlorine and expensive filters and pumps. You’ll want to separate the swimming area of your pool and the filtration area, or plant zone (see the illustration in the image gallery).
The water needs to circulate continuously for the plants’ roots to cleanse the pool. You also may need to aerate the water so the water organisms’ oxygen needs are met.
Without adequate oxygen, your pool could become stagnant, harboring odoriferous anaerobic bacteria.
Besides cleaning the water and making your pool beautiful to behold, the shallow plant zone warms the water quickly and provides habitat for frogs and many invertebrates. They’ll appreciate the shallow water for breeding grounds and repay the favor by eating mosquito larvae.
A rim within an inch of the water’s surface keeps plants in their place but allows water from the swimming area to move to the plant zone for filtering, As water passes through the fibrous root structure of the plants, bacteria concentrated on the plants’ roots act as a biological filter, removing contaminants and excess nutrients in the water. Decomposer organisms, also found in the plants’ root zones, consume the bacteria, effectively eliminating underwater waste buildup.
I found some additional details in English at this site http://www.mexico-insights.com/judysblog/post/Brick-Lakesidee28099s-Cornerstone-Part-7-The-Roof.aspx. I am now following the author on Twitter and FB! I’ll have more info on waterproofing the roof ASAP. I will also be contacting the Hempcrete Pros for their suggestions in incorporating their product into this system.
See the Youtube Video of how these Spanish Masons Waterproof the Catalan Style Roofs:
My retirement home will be a Hemp Home! I feel a Hemp Home addresses the main issue facing mankind today co2 emissions without sacrificing comfort needed in both energy and lifestyle choices.
To ensure that my retirement income will provide the needed security as I age in place my hemp home will enable me to use natural resources in the building of the energy efficient structure-controlling costs in the build and the future energy costs.
Taking pointers from the first American Settlers: I will build my home from the land and use as many natural resources as possible.
I will use stones and rocks in the building of the Rubble Foundation that will support the Hemp Wall Construction.
I will grow and harvest the Hemp needed to build the walls-using Hempcrete-a natural lime based binder.
I plan to use a combination of Post and Beam – Timber Frame Construction techniques.
Canadian Solar Panels for electricity
Comfort-Sustainability-Natural Resources-Are just 3 areas that critical attention is given to in this sustainable design.
Netzero or better energy production from Solar Panels for electricity needs
Rainwater and Greywater Recycling for water need
Energy Conscious Build Technique
Rainwater and Greywater Recycling
Electric Radiant Floor Heating
Hempcrete will be utilized in the flooring and walls.
Hemp Building addresses the issue that plagues traditional building techniques when the cost of carbon emissions is factored into the manufacturing process of the needed building materials. Scotty
p dir=”ltr” style=”padding-left:30px;”>I’ve been toying around with using the Catalan Vault Constructionbuild technique of Spanish Masons to construct the roof. [When I watched this youtube video of the Spanish Masons I realized that I can reduce the lumber needed to construct the roof and then by adding a slurry of hempcrete to the top of the roof I will have the strength needed to protect my home from the elements and provided the water barrier needed.]
To be continued- future posts will include: Design Plans, Material Lists, Hemp growing techniques, Hemp Harvesting, Timberframe construction, Hempwall Building, and more.
I strongly urge everyone who is involved in remodeling, retrofitting, weatherizing, or any other construction related project with a StLouis Building review and practice these must do activities when working on the typical StLouis brick or masonry building.
Improper Building or Retrofitting Techniques could lead to: Respiratory Problems, Indoor Pollution, Combustion from Natural Gas Appliances, as well as the further deterioration of your brick building.
This would be my 2nd recommendation of type of material used in building a deck.
Redwood: I would never build anything out of this kind of wood. It takes too long for these trees to develop and what is still growing has its own ecosystem of hundreds of various species all living in and around the tree.
Cedar Lumber-Would be my top choice of Lumber Used-When Building a New Deck
Cedar trees grow locally and could be sourced from local sawmills. Keeping $Money$ in our Local Communities! Some of the benefits of this type of wood is the natural pest fighting aspects of the Cedar Oil:
It is used as an insect repellent. (which is why Cedar Chests are still being made and still used when building closets)
a) It is resistant to decay and hence is suitable to build outdoor furniture.
b) In ancient times, it was used to preserve dead bodies.
c) It is used as incense in temples.
d) It is used as aromatic oil, because its woody odor works as a sedative and effectively treats stress and anxiety in people.
e) Due to its aroma, it is used as an ingredient in perfumes.
f) It is used for preservation of spices.
g) It is used as an antibacterial.
h) Its health benefits include effectively treating respiratory infections.
i) It is beneficial to hair, as it helps eliminate dandruff and protects the hair against hair fall and graying.
j) It also effectively treats skin infections such as acne.
k) It is also used in treating arthritis, especially rheumatoid.
l) It is also used for its antiseptic property.
Uses Of Cedar Wood
The cedar wood is lightweight and used for construction of homes and furniture. It is eco-friendly. The wood from various kinds of cedar trees is used for different purposes.
a) It is resistant to decay and hence is suitable to build outdoor furniture.
b) It produces aesthetically beautiful furniture.
c) It is easy to work with as it is lightweight and doesn’t crack or split easily.
d) It is highly durable.
e) It can absorb sound effectively, so are used in building roof shingles.
f) It is a good insulator; hence, when a home is built using cedar wood, it helps keep the home warm in winter and cool in summer.
g) Though its color fades after a while, it can easily be restored.
h) It doesn’t spread fire easily hence it is suited for building purposes.
i) It is a natural anti-termite, which is it prevents furniture from rotting.
j) Due to its lightweight and strength, western red cedar is used to make guitars.
Metal Bracing and Fasteners– (as required by:St Louis Building Codes) is used in places where the different building components are connected. One of the benefits of this type of metal is that the metal is recyclable when the project has reached its lifetime usefulness.
Paints, Stains, and Varnishes are normally used in Deck Building. Each has its own benefits. I suggest High Quality Paints for Low Care Situations such as Behr Paints which were used in this project: Saving a Deck from the Landfill.
The property in the photos is an investment property Clifton Heights Neighborhood. This building had some great features with: 2 Sun Porches-one for each apartment, Hardwood Floors throughout the 2-3 Bedroom Apartments, Garages for Each Apartment, Basement and Fenced in Yard with Plenty of Space. For rental Information contact: Tempel Appraisals, Inc
Rather than spend $200 for 2 TV Mounting Brackets. I fashioned these Flat Screen TV Mounts for the New Bar Design.
Every Design Build Project has a Must Have. The Must Have for this part of the New Bar Design were:
Adjustable Mounting to accommodate future TVs
Forward Tilt of TV Screen to accommodate people viewing the tv from a seated position 10-12 ft away sitting at a lower position. We didn’t want people to get a kink in their necks while watching the TVs!
Sturdy Construction that will not fail. If the TVs fall it could also danger the Bartenders and Customers who are sitting at the Bar.
Failure is not an option when dealing with an expensive flat panel TV.
Re-positionable Forward Tilting Flat Panel TV Mount Designed and Built by Scotty, Scotts Contracting St Louis Renewable Energy, Shady Jacks New Bar Design
Additional Close Up View of Adjust Flat Screen TV Stand for Shady Jacks Saloon New Bar Design
Since the final position of the TV was to be determined after placement on the Shelves.
I knew there was going to be Downward and Outward tension on the Bracket that was included with the TV.
Front View CAD Design of Flat TV Mount for Shady Jacks Saloon New Bar Design- Designed and Built by: Scotts Contracting St Louis MO
To Relieve this Downward/Outward Pressure I designed the strap that is in this CAD Design.
Total cost for the Design and Installation of this Flat TV Screen Stand for both the TV in the Center of the New Bar Design was less than the costs for New Flat Panel TV Hangers $200.00
Note the Bracing Added to Relieve the Pressure that will be created when the TV are placed on the Shelf. CAD Rear View Design for Adjustable Forward Mount LED Flat Screen TV Display for Shady Jacks Saloon New Bar Design- Designed and Built by Scotts Contracting St Louis MO
These Forward Mount Flat Panel TV Stands were also designed to be adapted for Future TV upgrades.
This is just a basic estimate on materials made from guesses with my drawing. Without knowing exact dimensions of planned addition, materials chosen, and how you plan to finish the interior of the addition I can’t determine a cost. (use $70-$100/sq ft for Total Costs)
Home Depot Kingshighway, St Louis MO for Material Costs
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