A Year in the Round: From the Ground Up (Pt. 1)

| 7/8/2011 5:18:00 PM

Tags: Builderscrete, concrete alternatives, green pavers, ayearintheround.blogspot.com, Natalie Morris,

For a while, I contemplated the flooring situation in my tipi. There aren't a lot of options. A wood deck would be nice, but I’m new with the wood stove/indoor fire situation, and that sounds a little more dangerous than I like to be (i.e. probability for survival being at least 50%). Not to mention, decking stuff is kind of expensive and time consuming. I don’t like to do time-consuming things. Expensive things are another story…  

I didn’t want just dirt, though. That’s just, well, dirty. What else? Hm, maybe brick? Still pretty expensive, and I couldn’t find any for free. Stone? Same story. What the heck can I walk on inside this tipi?!! Wait, outdoor pavers…? Hey, that may be possible. They're fire proof, pretty cheap, and they were made for the great outdoors.  

After perusing my local (and semi-local) craigslist without any luck for free or cheap pavers, I began doing research. I figured if I was going to buy them outright, I wasn’t just going to get some big-box store junk. I wanted something a little different, better! Eventually I came across a really cool company called Builderscrete. They make all kinds of stone and concrete-esque things in an extremely green way, by repurposing wood shavings from local sawmills. And they’re just down the road from me in Floyd, Va, where I love to visit. Major plus!  

I called up the owner, Bill McGuire, on his cell and we had a bit of a chit-chat. I told him what I was doing and why I needed some of his pavers. He told me to come on down and have a look around. So I loaded up the ol’ Chevy and headed down the road.  

I’d traveled all around the company’s website, looking at the houses and retaining walls and stuff, but I never really expected it to look any different than another stone creation. However, on the driveway up to the factory, I saw a real-life model of a Builderscrete house. One that Bill built himself, made completely out of Builderscrete bricks. It’s beautiful! My interest piqued and I then became excited to explore the factory yard.   

 Builderscrete house   

5/28/2018 12:02:57 AM

I used the plans at WWW.EASYWOODWORK.ORG to build my own – I highly recommend you visit that website and check their plans out too. They are detailed and super easy to read and understand unlike several others I found online. The amount of plans there is mind-boggling… there’s like 16,000 plans or something like that for tons of different projects. Definitely enough to keep me busy with projects for many more years to come haha. Go to WWW.EASYWOODWORK.ORG if you want some additional plans :)

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