I thought the difficult part would be in learning how to build it. Turns out it isn’t as difficult as I thought. (Of course, I could be wrong about that still.) What I was really surprised at is how much a section of wall weighs. I plan on constructing the walls in four foot sections for a couple of reasons. First, many common building materials come in sections that are four feet by eight feet. Second, it would make transporting the sections easier since the sections could fit in the back of many pickup trucks.
When I started putting a preliminary materials list together I did some simple math. The expense was manageable – assuming I stay with lumber, though steel would be really nice – but it seems that one four foot by eight foot section of wall, just the lumber and plywood sheathing now – ends up weighing about a hundred and twenty-five pounds. One section. I’m considering using corrugated steel where possible. I’ve also seen some panels of some type of polymer, about three feet by twelve feet, that filter out most of the UV radiation in sunlight. Might have uses in some section of wall or roof construction.
I know I have a lot to learn and a long way to go, but isn’t it odd that the thing I never even thought about is something I find so surprising? I don’t mind not knowing things, ’cause I can figure them out. It’s the things that I don’t know that I don’t know that concern me, ’cause not all surprises are the good kind.