Today we are going to be talking a bit about a new initiative that we have taken up to do our bit towards creating an environmentally sustainable world. We are going to introduce our guests to mud houses. Mud houses have been there for ages and most of the villagers in the interiors of Kodai still live in mud huts.
During one of our visits to one such house we realised how aesthetically beautiful these mud houses were and how they were designed to remain neutral to temperature fluctuations. Add to it, the choolahs were also made of mud . These choolahs doubled as heaters in cold winters when the heat from them would keep the family warm. Amazing thoughtfulness right?
So we decided it was time to put our thinking caps on and see if we could build these houses for our guests so they could really relive the experience and more importantly, blend with nature. Here we take you through images which show a step by step construction of a mud house by one of expert team.
We will walk you through the process. A mud house is essentially built out of wooden frames extracted from trees . These frames are erected vertically around the four corners at a distance of about 3ft . Slightly thinner frames are stacked horizontally on the vertical frames at a distance about 8 inches. This gives a structure to the house.
As you can see in the picture, the wood is locally extracted and used to build the frame. Once the frame is built, the next step is to build the roofing so the frames are not exposed to constant sunlight and extreme temperatures. So we installed GI sheets on top of the frames to protect then from degradation.
Once that is done, the next step is to fill the gap between the frames with soft rock and rubble. This gives strength and reinforcement to the frame. Over a period of time these rock bind together and become hard enough . These walls have lasted for 15-20 years across all kinds of climactic conditions.
Once all the sides are filled with rock and rubble, the next step is probably the most challenging. Red mud needs to be dug out and smeared on each wall like a plaster. This mud has the holding power which binds the entire wall. To get the red mud, the ground sometimes need to be dug out atleast 10 ft deep and then needs to be carried to premises. We will post images of these on our post. We plan to provide these mud houses to our guests in the future !
Hope this post was informative.