Glass-bottle floor insulation
20 April 12
As we travel, we meet amazing people who are building their own homes. We get to see houses in all stages of completion and all sorts of alternative building styles. This month, we were introduced to the idea of glass bottles being used as an insulation under the concrete floor.
Because the glass bottles hold a layer of air between the dirt and the concrete floor, it acts as a blanket under the floor, keeping the house temperature more stable. At Pat and Mandy’s, we got to see a glass-bottle floor under construction.
While the men are digging at the floor, Mandy and I head to the local dump station to collect some glass bottles. We pay $4 for approximately 1000 bottles, but no one is counting.
Pat and Mandy’s two daughters are fortunate in being able to watch their house being constructed from start to finish. Surely this is a fantastic education in itself, and I’m glad our own children have been able to witness some of the construction states as well!
I don’t think we’ll ever build a house from scratch, but when we meet people who are keen to use alternative building methods, we’ll be certain to recommend a glass-bottle floor insulation! Thanks, Pat and Mandy, for letting us share this experience with you!