From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Dani Eder)
Subject: Re: Is a stone house a good house to live in?
Date: Oct 16 1995
email@example.com (Alan Stankevitz) writes:
>Recently I asked this newsgroup about a log home and got mixed reviews. How about
>a house made of stone? Does anyone own one in this group that could give me their
Being about to embark on a stone house construction project, I can offer
a few comments based on my preparatory studies:
Stone is a lousy thermal insulator. I has about an R value of one per
foot, so a 2 foot thick wall has is about R-2, which is pretty useless
in a cold climate. On the other hand, it has lots of thermal mass.
So think about insulation.
Stone is heavy. Standard suburban 2x4 and plywood houses don't weigh
enough to require a foundation analysis unless the land is pretty
squishy. It is prudent to have a competent person check the soil
under the proposed building site and recommend a suitable design
for the foundation based on the house design.
Stone is cheap, if you get it direct from a quarry. Limestone
rubble costs me $5.50 per ton if I pick it up. Once you get
any significant distance from a quarry, the delivery charges
can add up to more than the material cost. As far as total material
cost, for a stone and mortar wall with steel reinforcing bars,
you can figure on a materials cost of $1.50 per cubic foot
(stone, sand, portland cement, & rebar, no labor). So for
a 32x50 house (1600 sqft), one story, with 8' high walls and
2' deep foundation, with 16" thick walls, you are looking at
a cost of $3280 for the shell (neglecting doors & windows).
Stone is durable. Maintained, it can last hundreds to thousands
of years. Tornadoes and trees falling on it wont do as much
damage as to a wood frame house (these are typical hazards
around here). It's hard to burn. On the minus side, they
are not so good if you are in an earthquake prone area.