Building A Small Adobe House. Adobe houses are good structures for warm climates with low humidity. Adobe is one of the most ancient and widely used building materials.
An adobe contractor in Albuquerque or Tucson, can complete the average turn-key, custom adobe in four months- building one house in the spring, another in the fall, or two a year. Iranian-born California architect, teacher, and author Nader Khalili shows several examples of houses and schools built with adobe, then takes it a step further by demonstrating how to build vaults, domes, and arches, as well as the SuperAdobe method of building with earthbags. Adobe houses are good structures for warm climates with low humidity.
A whole pueblo housing comples can house an entire clan, with each adobe unit being home to one family much like a modern.
Southwestern style house plans fit beautifully in New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Southern California, Utah, and parts of Colorado.
The current shortfall in the Earthbuilding trades is the availability of house plans, or working drawings to build from. Adobe house plans are characterized by massive earth-colored stucco or adobe-brick walls, with wood roof beams that project from the exterior walls. Most adobe buildings are similar in appearance to cob and rammed earth buildings.