Nice, now make 100 more of them, and three times the length! LOL
Cheapest way to roof are galvanized, corrugated steel panels that you can get at the lumber yard. They are about 10 bucks for an 8 foot by 3 foot section.
But those are not as strong as the $20 pressed rib steel variety:
Nail them in the valley or nail them on the peaks? Doesn’t matter, as long as you use washer nails (or screws).
I’ve never built with cob, so no advice there. If you have bad dirt, go to a garden center and see what they could deliver for your project. I built a straw bale barn years ago with friends, but I never did it again. Always seemed like a cool way to build and have a cheaply insulated structure.
That’s not even an apt comparison. Guy builds this freakin amazing log cabin, by hand with no power tools, but you don’t like what he did with the roof, so basically to hell with the whole thing, wah wahhhh sad trombone I don’t liiiiikkkkkkkke it. That’s what I heard you saying. I went into this long explanation why being sentimental about milled lumber is ridiculous and even gave you another video to watch the guy split his own shakes, but you are still so disappointed about this cabin. That’s what’s confounding to me… the Internet is for every whiner to whine about what they don’t like. What about concentrating on the cool stuff like
guy builds amazing cabin off the grid with no power tools
Who cares if the roof isn’t hand split shakes. What he did was still amazing. I wouldn’t have built the roof the way he did either. I would have found a way to haul steel panels and rolls of insulation up there because they will last longer, insulate better and let the snow slide off. But I’m not going to claim it’s like watching a guy put a kit together. That’s ridiculous. You try hand building one of these things like I have. It takes an unbelievable number of hours and you get about halfway in and you are actively looking for every shortcut you can find to make this thing come together faster. I know I did. It took me 5 years to build mine. I thought I’d be done in a summer. Hah!