Rammed Earth Ranch

Architect: Jonathan Feldman

Landscape Architect: Bernard Trainor & Associates

Photographer: Joe Fletcher

Architect Jonathan Feldman is renowned for his beautiful, environmentally sensitive projects. The concept of the project is a self-sustaining house with geothermal heat, net-zero solar electrical system and earthen walls. We designed the forming for the rammed earth so that the lumber pieces can be reused either in the bridge or the house framing. Most rammed earth tests out at 300 to 600 PSI (pounds per square inch)—we were required to meet a 1500 PSI standard. We received a gold LEED rating on the project.