A buildings affordability should take into consideration a number
of factors in addition to its initial cost of construction. Long
term maintenance and energy requirements weigh heavily on whether
a building is affordable or not. Oftentimes the least expensive
initial construction cost does not produce an ideally affordable
house. Pumice-Crete® Building Systems of NM is always attempting to
provide building designs that fit into the category of low cost
affordable housing. They are meant to be affordable to build and
also affordable to maintain and heat and cool. They are constructed
with high quality materials with an emphasis on long term economical
The designs are developed to be easy to build. Foundation, wall,
roof, and interior systems are kept as simple to build as possible.
This is not to say cheap. They are constructed of quality materials
yet every effort is made to reduce the quantity of materials and
finishes needed and the labor needed to install the different components.
Each of the designs is passive solar oriented so that a large percentage
of the heat requirement can be supplied by passive solar
Each floor plan has a choice of roof systems depending on what is
appropriate for the site and owner. South sloping low slope roofs
maximize the ability to collect the rain water that lands on the
roof and feed it into a centrally located cistern which could be
located on the south side of building.
roofs offer a high slope and the ability to use metal roofing which
are very long lasting, cost effective, and good for water collection.
Generally they need to slope in two directions making it more complicated
to have total rain water collection in a centralized location.
Interior and exterior wall finishes are plaster typical of adobe
buildings. Every effort is made to use no products that have environmental
side effects. Wood finished surfaces are minimized to reduce the
need for plywoods, sealers, and paints. Plumbing and electrical
systems are designed to minimize consumption and maximize efficient
of the designs are offered in a basic low cost package and all can
have options added that will increase the performance and efficiency
of the building. These options include roof water collection system,
greywater plumbing, photovoltaic electrical service, solar hot water
and floor heat, permaculture landscaping, thermal window curtains,
earth berming and more. Its like purchasing a vehicle. You can buy
the basic package and save or add options as desired. Each plan
is designed to be addable on to as ones need and funding develops.
The main plans are between 1000 and 1200 square feet and are not
spacious but are comfortable. Additions can be added in the form
of porches, patios, and rooms. We work with clients in a number
of different capacities. We can completely build the building and
do a turnkey agreement or we can offer a shell that an owner builder
can finish themselves. We offer working plans for any of the designs.
Our policy is to encourage owner involvement in the construction
and help them realize cost savings by being involved in the construction.
Forming a partnership between owner and contractor is the best way
to produce a quality building at an affordable cost.
It is not the policy of Pumice-Crete® Building Systems to provide
land or financing for projects. Our focus is on the design and construction
of quality low cost primary homes.
can be used to advantage on large scale projects where
numerous buildings will be built. A reusable form system can be
made for use on all the buildings and kept for future use. The raw
materials can then be stocked at the site and mixed on site for
a significant savings over purchasing redimix materials. If an onsite
labor force is available they can be trained to form and pour foundations
and walls for the buildings while carpenters work behind.
--SCOTT MACHARDY, OWNER
PO Box 539, EL Prado, New Mexico 87529 firstname.lastname@example.org