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Green Building Bible, Fourth Edition
Green Building Bible, fourth edition (both books)
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    • CommentAuthornigelm
    • CommentTimeJun 20th 2018
    We are looking at building a small eco cabin and would be interested in opinions as to the most cost effective building method.
    The cabin will essentially be a single bed studio with bathroom, maybe 40 to 50 square meters in total.

    I will be doing the build myself so really it's just the material cost.

    Initial thoughts are polished concrete slab on foam insulation. Timber I beam frame 300 deep filled with mineral wool. Plasterboard inside and timber cladding.
    EDPM roof but pitched for internal volume and also cladded with timber in the outsidefor a monolithic apearence.
    I'm not sure that polished concrete is the most cost effective floor.The concrete has to be to the correct spec. and polishing is not cheap. Tiles might be a cheaper option especially if you look around for end of line etc.
    • CommentAuthornigelm
    • CommentTimeJun 20th 2018
    I have done a few floors recently (power troweled). The concrete costs a bit more but will be less than concrete plus tiles.
    Biggest cost is the concrete pump, otherwise I could hand mix the concrete and then tile.
    Posted By: nigelmInitial thoughts are polished concrete slab

    Posted By: nigelmI have done a few floors recently (power troweled). The concrete costs a bit more but will be less than concrete plus tiles.

    In my part of the world polished concrete and power trowelled (or power floated) are two different things, so perhaps we are talking about different finishes.
    I am an avid fan of Barnwood Builders on the Travel channel where they use reclaimed barnwood to build new cabins. On one of the programs they laid a concrete floor and used silicon molds on top of the wet (coloured) concrete to imprint a log effect. It looked fantastic (if you like the rustic look). Could be an alternative to polishing the concrete?
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