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Dry Stone Walls
 
Constructed without mortar or cement. The art of the waller.
Wattle Edging
 
Ancient as gardening. Wattling is fun and attractive.
Wattle Fence
 
Since Neolithic times we have fenced our sheep and vegetables in this easy to make (albeit time consuming) wooden fence.
Earth Sheltered
 
The earth-house uses the ground as an insulating blanket that efficiently protects it from temperature extremes, wind, rain and extreme weather events.
Modern Underground
 
Underground homes with a modern bent. A large thermal mass stabilizes inside temperatures, giving you free heat in the winter, free cooling in the summer.
Pit Greenhouses
 
For those in northern, high altitude or windy climates who wish to grow their food year round. Take advantage of the insulating properties of the Earth.
Stacking Firewood
 
Ingenious ways to stack firewood.
Rocket Mass Heaters
 
The rocket mass heater works on similar properties as a masonry heater. A fast, high heat and oxygen-fed fire burn up the volatile gases and particulates, leaving very little pollution, and turn almost every ounce of wood fuel into energy.
Masonry Wood Cookstoves
 
Masonry heaters can incorporate cook stoves. And cook stoves can act as masonry heaters for small homes.
Masonry Heaters with Ovens
 
Bake ovens can be either white (the fire is in another box, usually below the oven) or black (the fire is in the same compartment as the food being cooked).
Masonry Heaters
 
Heat, not pollution. The cleanest burning wood stoves have been around for centuries, yet have taken a backseat to metal wood stoves and other polluting energy sources for far too long. Time for a revival!
Indoor Pizza Ovens
 
If you live in a cool climate, you might as well investigate adding a masonry heater along side your pizza oven. Or at least understanding them so that you might take advantage of exhaust heat.
River Rock Fireplaces
 
Although lots of mass and beautiful, most heat goes straight up the flue. Build a conventional fireplace for beauty alone, build a masonry fireplace for heat.
Container Homes
 
Somewhere around 30 million steel shipping containers exist today. 8 feet wide by 8.5 feet high, and either 20 or 40 feet long, they have been the globally standardized transportation module since 1956.
Insect Hotels
 
Call them bug condos, insect hotels, insect habitats, wildlife stacks, insect boxes, insect houses, insect walls, wild bee walls, insect accommodation, wild bee houses, solitary bee walls or wild bienenhaus. Wildlife habitat is rapidly disappearing. Building beneficial insects a special habitat will help your garden and the bugs.
Outdoor Earth Ovens
 
Examples of pure cob and adobe, and refractory castable cement over bricks.
Outdoor Brick Ovens
 
Recycle some old bricks...into an oven.
Outdoor Masonry Ovens
 
Build an outdoor oven with local stone and DIY skills for a few hundred dollars. Or, buy an oven kit and have it veneered for a few thousand.
Living Willow Hedges
 
Willow cuttings called 'withies' easily root in either water or moist soil. Plant in late winter and come July you'll have a privacy screen.
Hedge Laying
 
Over two thousand years older than chain link.
 
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Bamboo Buildings
Grow it, build with it.


different species of bamboo
Phyllostachys aurea, Tetragonoclamus angulatus, Phyllostachys nigra f. punctuata,
Phyllostaches bamb. violascens, Phyllostachys nigra f. 'Boryana',Phyllostachys viridis
'Sulphurea', Phyllostachys bambusoides. (Illustration Photo by Wetterwald M.F.)



bamboo building
Mason Lane Farm Equipment Building, Goshen, Kentucky made from locally grown bamboo by De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop, deleon-primmer.com



bamboo construction
Mason Lane Farm Equipment Building, holds hay and farm equipment, the open lattice design allows the hay to air dry. By De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop, deleon-primmer.com

 

 

 

bamboo house
Great Wall House, China. By Kengo Kuma & Associates. www.commune.com.cn
The Bamboo Wall House was completed in 2002 as part of a multi-dwelling project near Beijing. Requirements were to use local materials and conform to the topography, and Kuma chose to make maximum use of inexpensive bamboo normally used for construction scaffolding in China.



bamboo building
Great Wall House. www.commune.com.cn  Arch: kkaa.co.jp



bamboo house
Inside the Great Wall House, China. www.commune.com.cn



bamboo house
Bamboo ceilings, bamboo walls. www.commune.com.cn



bamboo house
Bamboo ceilings, bamboo walls. Dining room  at the Great Wall Commune. www.commune.com.cn




bamboo house
Bamboo dining room at Great Wall House, China. www.commune.com.cn




bamboo house
This home won awards for the best performance low consumption house in France and the first house in the parisian region to receive the european labeled certification PHI “Passiv Haus Institut” by Karawitz Architecture www.karawitz.com




bamboo house
Passive House by Karawitz Architecture closed on the north side, open on the south. www.karawitz.com




bamboo construction
Close-up of bamboo shutters by Karawitz Architecture. www.karawitz.com


 

 

bamboo building

Green School by Ibuku; Bali, Indonesia. www.ibuku.com

 

 

 

bamboo construction
Bamboo spiral - Green School by Ibuku. www.greenschool.org



bamboo room
Green Village, a planned community adjacent to the Green School, Bali, Indonesia. www.greenvillagebali.com



bamboo construction
Bamboo faucet & wall at the Green Village, a planned community adjacent to the Green School. www.greenschool.org



black bamboo walls
Black Bamboo walls at the Green Village, a planned community adjacent to the Green School. www.greenvillagebali.com



bamboo house
A bamboo & canvas library with spinning oval door by Ibuku, Indonesia. www.ibuku.com



bamboo walls
Bamboo walls made from the center slice (cross section) of giant bamboo by Ibuku. www.greenvillagebali.com




bamboo house
Bamboo walls & ceiling beams. homeinnovationdesign.com



bamboo construction
Children's Activity and Education Center on Koh Kood, Thailand by 24H Architects of the Netherlands. Note the bamboo balustrades. www.24h-architecture.com



bamboo construction
Children's Activity and Education Center on Koh Kood, Thailand by 24H Architects of the Netherlands. www.24h-architecture.com



bamboo building
Bamboo with printed paper backdrop. Kid's Den by 24H Architects, Thailand. www.archdaily.com



bamboo construction
The Kid's Den is in the shape of a manta-ray, and is made of local Thai bamboo. It seems about ready to fly into the bay. www.archdaily.com



bamboo construction
Kid's Den by 24H Architects, Thailand www.archdaily.com



bamboo home
Bamboo Forest House in Taiwan by ROEWUarchitecture, www.roewu.com



bamboo building
The temporary Museo Nomada En El Zócalo by Simón Vélez. Built in 2008, in Mexico City for the traveling photo exhibit of Gregory Colbert. www.archleague.org



bamboo building
Bamboo Cathedrale in the center of Pereira. The roof is supported by bent Guadua poles by Simón Vélez www.archleague.org



bamboo construction

Bamboo Cathedrale by Simón Vélez. The supports consist of five Guadua poles each, that run from the ground to the roof. This extreme slenderness is made possible with stiffening braces that prevent buckling. www.democraticunderground.com




bamboo construction
Bamboo Bridge in China by Simón Vélez www.archleague.org




bamboo construction
A bamboo bridge under construction.




bamboo construction
PGKL Architecture, boarding school for the deaf; Gradignan, France. Architects: Pierre Goutti Karine Louilot Architectes. www.archdaily.com




bamboo building
PGKL Architecture, boarding school for the deaf; Gradignan, France. Architects: Pierre Goutti Karine Louilot Architectes. www.archdaily.com




bamboo construction
Ichibanya Restaurant; Jakarta, Indonesia by DSA Architects www.archdaily.com



bamboo construction

Ichibanya Restaurant by DSA Architects www.archdaily.com

 

 



bamboo construction
Ichibanya Restaurant by DSA Architects. www.archdaily.com



bamboo building
Bamboo Car Park, Leipzig Zoo, Germany. Krahnstöver & Wolf Architects. www.krahnstoever-wolf.de



bamboo building
Bamboo Car Park, Leipzig Zoo, Germany. www.krahnstoever-wolf.de



bamboo building
Carabanchel social housing in Madrid, Spain by FOA - Foreign Office Architects. www.archdaily.com



bamboo house
Carabanchel social housing in Madrid, Spain by FOA - Foreign Office Architects. www.archdaily.com



bamboo house
Benjamin Garcia Saxe built this bamboo house for his mother in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. www.benjamingarciasaxe.com



bamboo house
Benjamin Garcia Saxe. Composed of two separate modules – a Kitchen/Living area and a Bedroom space, an internal patio weaves the two modules together. www.benjamingarciasaxe.com



bamboo house
Bamboo house in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Note the horizontal bamboo slices. www.benjamingarciasaxe.com



bamboo construction
Bamboo home in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. www.benjamingarciasaxe.com



bamboo construction
Bamboo house in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. www.benjamingarciasaxe.com



bamboo architecture
Yoka Sara International's Kayu Aga in Bali. www.yokasara.com



bamboo construction
Suoi Re community house staircase, Vietnam. www.archdaily.com



bamboo home
Bamboo Home in Pisco, for images start to finish in 14 days- see: picasaweb.google.com



bamboo house
Bamboo walkway. www.criadoindomable.info



bamboo architecture
Casa Bambu, Zuarq Builders, Bogotá, Colombia. www.casasbambuzuarq.mex.tl




bamboo house
Smart House, China. A team of students from Tongji University, Shanghai designed an eco-friendly Bamboo house with solar power for the Europe Solar Decathlon Competition 2010. thedesignhome.com




bamboo house
Bamboo shed, www.bambus-conbam.de



bamboo teepee
Bamboo teepee. Simple bamboo frame.



bamboo construction
Bamboo Structure Project, Iran by Pouya Khazaeli Parsa. www.archdaily.com



bamboo construction
Bamboo Structure Project, Iran by Pouya Khazaeli Parsa. www.archdaily.com



bamboo building
Bamboo Structure Project, Iran by Pouya Khazaeli Parsa. www.archdaily.com




Bamboo is one of the strongest plant-based building materials, and there are bamboo structures that have been in existence for hundreds of years. The hollow tube shape gives a strength factor of almost 2 times more than a solid wood beam. Some species of bamboo have twice the compression strength of concrete and roughly the same strength-to-weight ratio of steel! Certain bamboo withstands up to 52,000 pounds of pressure per square inch.* Due to its flexibility, bamboo structures have withstood hurricane winds in excess of 170mph.

Of the approximately 1500 species, the Phyllostachys varieties (including Moso), are best suited for growing and building in cool climates with frost and snow. Once a grove is established, the culms (the living poles) grow rapidly in the first six-weeks (12-18 inches a day, depending on soil conditions and moisture); then the bamboo spends the next three years replacing sugars and water with sturdy silica and cellulose. Harvesting of the third- or fourth-year poles, does not kill the rest of the plant, which grows in clumps or runners; and therefore topsoil is not displaced. Selective harvesting can take place every year in an established bamboo forest.

If that is not enough, one of the best features of bamboo is that the giants of this fast-growing grass sequester more carbon dioxide than just about any other plant.** According to the Zero Emissions Research Institute (ZERI), a bamboo forest can sequester 17 times as much carbon as a typical tree forest.*** Some species grow as much as 39 inches in a day! And due to bamboo's high nitrogen consumption, bamboo helps mitigate water pollution, as it takes in and transforms nutrient wastes when planted alongside manufacturing zones, intensive livestock farming, and sewage treatment facilities. Bamboo can also desalinate seawater!


Bamboo is the biggest member of the grass family and has thousands of uses. It can be pressed, flattened, molded, sliced, burnt or carved. It is used as paper, flooring, musical instruments; its leaves as livestock feed; its shoots are popular in Asian cuisines. And bamboo supports millions of people in cottage industries worldwide.*


www.bamboogrove.com/bamboo-species
*www.bamboodist.com
**www.businessday.co.za
***www.deboerarchitects.com - plus, some joinery examples.


Resources:

A Bamboo farm in Oregon that grows and sells 300 varieties: www.bamboogarden.com
Bamboo Farm in Alabama - for squared Bamboo. Contact: [email protected]
Info on joints/connections:  www.conbam.info
Working with Bamboo Canes: www.bamboogarden.com
Bamboo Competition - see designs of 50 finalists in 12 categories: www.bamboocompetition.com


bamboo carport
Strong enough to support a green roof... www.bamboocraft.net

 

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Sione
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Re: Bamboo Building Inspiration
Reply #24 on : Wed October 15, 2014, 06:10:13
Bula I also wish to use and promote bamboo construction in fiji as an economical and creative alternative. If any one out there has expereince and structural espertise please do contact me at the adress below:
[email protected]
pj
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Re: Bamboo Building Inspiration
Reply #23 on : Tue October 07, 2014, 16:22:47
[email protected]
pj
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building with bamboo in Costa Rica
Reply #22 on : Tue October 07, 2014, 16:17:43
Hello, We own twenty acres in the mountains of Costa Rica and have been growing Guadua bamboo for fifteen years. We plan on building with this bamboo, among other things. We envision a handful of bamboo treetop accommodations, up in the sky. This is an off grid lifestyle, at the present moment, but will eventually evolve into having some self sustainable electricity of some sort.

My question to you is...Is there a source you know of where one can find a person, or persons with knowledge & experience on how to build with bamboo, who may be interested in being involved in a project like this, physically and financially? If there is anyone out there that may be interested in something like this, please email me at the above email. Thank you
Steven
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Colombian Disigner
Reply #21 on : Wed September 10, 2014, 22:20:13
Hi I'm Steven and I am Bamboo Designer, In especial Angustifolia Kunth, I work with a modeling 3 D Program Call Autodesk Inventor 2013, I Have desigened some estructures and want expand this designs to europe and other countries sorry if my english is no good, any question ask me to my e-mail, [email protected], i have Pictures and Planes of my works to send you.
VIJAY GAWALI
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need help of design
Reply #20 on : Sun May 25, 2014, 06:49:27
hi in india there are many traditional use of bamboo house. but most of them lack architectural beauty and design...I need help in designs of different structures.. please
prince amara
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bamboo house
Reply #19 on : Fri May 02, 2014, 22:31:56
I am inspired,and I want to built my owned bamboo house.I live in Norway and I have a farm with lot of bamboo trees.please can any one helps or give me a link where is possible to learn more of how to build a bamboo house.
nana owusu agyemang
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durability
Reply #18 on : Mon March 10, 2014, 07:41:21
I am from Ghana where bamboo is in abundance. will love to build a house.
can it also be polished when finished.
karin and jasper bala
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learning to build by helping
Reply #17 on : Sun February 23, 2014, 04:18:30
we are inspired. is there anywhere we could go as volunteers to learn how to build with bamboo whilst helping those in need? Does anyone know please?
Wendy Morphett
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cost of bamboo where i live
Reply #16 on : Tue December 31, 2013, 11:36:04
Hi i live in South Australia on the Eyre Peninsula and Im wondering where i would get bamboo for building a house from and the cost of it compared to timber
Keiren
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to Dale
Reply #15 on : Sun December 01, 2013, 08:27:43
Hi,
Building codes are dependent on your location. Gonna be easier to get a permit in Costa Rica than some northern location where bamboo buildings are rare. Doesn't appear that the US, other than Hawaii, has any code in place for bamboo structures, but there are hints that there might be code in the near future.
www.guaduabamboo.com/the-reality-about-building-with-bamboo.html
dale johnson
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BUILDING INSPECTION
Reply #14 on : Sun December 01, 2013, 07:10:58
Could you please send me a link or any information you have on building code for bamboo framing.
Maribelle Bradley
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Love of bamboo house
Reply #13 on : Thu October 10, 2013, 03:53:29
I am obsessed of a bamboo house.planning to build a house in a city with an over looking sea view.wonder if I could have a copy cat of your amazing post here.cheaper@greener....
Keiren
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To Hans
Reply #12 on : Mon September 02, 2013, 19:54:16
I see that - Reverse osmosis filter manufacturers use bamboo charcoal (carbon) as a clearing/cleaning agent in water filtration and desalination. Sorry, do not know much more (yet).
Hans J. Brouwers
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bamboo for desalinating water?
Reply #11 on : Sun September 01, 2013, 19:53:51
I read in your article that bamboo could be used to desalinate water. How is this done? Any information you may have would be of great interest to me.
Momyzilar
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greatfull inspiration
Reply #10 on : Thu August 22, 2013, 22:54:56
I wandering on bamboo Architect for my little hut ...I really AMAZING of man intellectual in intercultural here is truly like the OASIS.
David
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Bamboo Marvels
Reply #9 on : Thu August 22, 2013, 03:41:47
Mother nature proves to be more provident in beautiful mosaics. Its a matter of how we harness her beauty and energy creatively. we have had hundred years of our own way against her, and look where we got! Its time we went retro, and bamboo begins the step in the direction of this journey. Exciting!!
Anonymous
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Re: Bamboo Building Inspiration
Reply #8 on : Sun December 23, 2012, 04:07:28
Hi, very nice post, so many things to see.

I think, there is just a little mistake, there is a confusion between the house of Benjamin garcia for his house in Costa rica and the orphanage in thailand built by 2 norvegian : TYIN tegnestue architects. You put everything into the same construction but they are very different. Indeed, for close pictures they look similar but it is not the same house.
Anonymous
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Re: Bamboo Building Inspiration
Reply #7 on : Mon December 17, 2012, 01:31:12
Thank you so very much!!!
Anonymous
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Re: Bamboo Building Inspiration
Reply #6 on : Mon December 03, 2012, 21:42:00
Wow! Wonderful! Thank you so very much for posting this. I hope to be able to do something very similar to this in Laos some day very soon.
julea
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bamboooo
Reply #5 on : Mon October 22, 2012, 13:13:00
beautiful.clean.earthy.
Vanessa Montezuma
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SIMON VELEZ
Reply #4 on : Wed June 06, 2012, 22:54:59
Hi, I think you've made a good selection of constructions. I'm making a thesis on bamboo, and I was wondering if you had a way of contacting with Simón Velez. If you would, I'de appreciate it deeply.
rajesh
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the green
Reply #3 on : Tue March 27, 2012, 00:51:38
Living here in Thailand,as you know,things are green...At times toooo green. Like the water in my three fish ponds...(Having a rice field across from my house is of no help because they over fertilize and of course it leaches into the ground water.) Due to your web site and the great ideas, I am now about to construct bamboo huts with palm covered roofs with the most incredible bamboo I have ever seen. I was going to build them from Teak, as all the doors and windows in my house are made of. I figured that would be over kill...No pun intended.Great web site with some very good links...Thank you and will be coming back often...Ted Davis. Chiang Rai, Thailand.
Ted Davis
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Green...
Reply #2 on : Sat March 10, 2012, 20:15:13
Living here in Thailand,as you know,things are green...At times toooo green. Like the water in my three fish ponds...(Having a rice field across from my house is of no help because they over fertilize and of course it leaches into the ground water.) Due to your web site and the great ideas, I am now about to construct bamboo huts with palm covered roofs with the most incredible bamboo I have ever seen. I was going to build them from Teak, as all the doors and windows in my house are made of. I figured that would be over kill...No pun intended.Great web site with some very good links...Thank you and will be coming back often...Ted Davis. Chiang Rai, Thailand.
Edgard Guevara
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Eco Village
Reply #1 on : Fri November 18, 2011, 20:15:32
You've been very inspiring! We would adapt your concept in our Eco-village to encourage planting and using more bamboos in Asia where we are losing ground on Eco-Architecture..

You're all invited to visit us next year when we
are almost done.. Naturally yours, Ed
Building Blog Additional Posts
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Dry Stone Walls
 
Constructed without mortar or cement. The art of the waller.
Wattle Edging
 
Ancient as gardening. Wattling is fun and attractive.
Wattle Fence
 
Since Neolithic times we have fenced our sheep and vegetables in this easy to make (albeit time consuming) wooden fence.
Earth Sheltered
 
The earth-house uses the ground as an insulating blanket that efficiently protects it from temperature extremes, wind, rain and extreme weather events.
Modern Underground
 
Underground homes with a modern bent. A large thermal mass stabilizes inside temperatures, giving you free heat in the winter, free cooling in the summer.
Pit Greenhouses
 
For those in northern, high altitude or windy climates who wish to grow their food year round. Take advantage of the insulating properties of the Earth.
Stacking Firewood
 
Ingenious ways to stack firewood.
Rocket Mass Heaters
 
The rocket mass heater works on similar properties as a masonry heater. A fast, high heat and oxygen-fed fire burn up the volatile gases and particulates, leaving very little pollution, and turn almost every ounce of wood fuel into energy.
Masonry Wood Cookstoves
 
Masonry heaters can incorporate cook stoves. And cook stoves can act as masonry heaters for small homes.
Masonry Heaters with Ovens
 
Bake ovens can be either white (the fire is in another box, usually below the oven) or black (the fire is in the same compartment as the food being cooked).
Masonry Heaters
 
Heat, not pollution. The cleanest burning wood stoves have been around for centuries, yet have taken a backseat to metal wood stoves and other polluting energy sources for far too long. Time for a revival!
Indoor Pizza Ovens
 
If you live in a cool climate, you might as well investigate adding a masonry heater along side your pizza oven. Or at least understanding them so that you might take advantage of exhaust heat.
River Rock Fireplaces
 
Although lots of mass and beautiful, most heat goes straight up the flue. Build a conventional fireplace for beauty alone, build a masonry fireplace for heat.
Container Homes
 
Somewhere around 30 million steel shipping containers exist today. 8 feet wide by 8.5 feet high, and either 20 or 40 feet long, they have been the globally standardized transportation module since 1956.
Insect Hotels
 
Call them bug condos, insect hotels, insect habitats, wildlife stacks, insect boxes, insect houses, insect walls, wild bee walls, insect accommodation, wild bee houses, solitary bee walls or wild bienenhaus. Wildlife habitat is rapidly disappearing. Building beneficial insects a special habitat will help your garden and the bugs.
Outdoor Earth Ovens
 
Examples of pure cob and adobe, and refractory castable cement over bricks.
Outdoor Brick Ovens
 
Recycle some old bricks...into an oven.
Outdoor Masonry Ovens
 
Build an outdoor oven with local stone and DIY skills for a few hundred dollars. Or, buy an oven kit and have it veneered for a few thousand.
Living Willow Hedges
 
Willow cuttings called 'withies' easily root in either water or moist soil. Plant in late winter and come July you'll have a privacy screen.
Hedge Laying
 
Over two thousand years older than chain link.
 
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