Sunday, April 4, 2010

papercrete blocks arrive!

papercrete is a mixture of paper pulp made from recycled newspapers, water, cement, and sand molded into blocks. we are about to begin construction of a tiny cabin made from stone and papercrete bricks with a metal frame and roof. papercrete blocks are cheap to make, fairly light (about 25 lbs each when dry), fire resistant, and have an extremely high insulation value. we'll be posting much more about papercrete as we go along.


  1. Hi,
    Where do you get paper pulp?
    How do you solve the problem with moisture?
    BTW, it's an interesting idea. Good luck!

  2. We mixed recycled paper with cement, water, and sand.

    The blocks cure for more than a month. We'll build on top of a footing and finish the walls with stucco. I don't foresee any moisture problems, but we also live in a desert and moisture is rarely an issue.

  3. Thanks Julian. We are collecting ideas for a house we'll be building in Slovakia--where moisture is definitely an issue. I look forward to seeing more pictures as the building continues. Best of luck to you and Alyce!

  4. I'm looking forward to watching your cabin grow...

  5. Do you have any updates on this project?