Terrafirma focuses on vernacular architecture for residences/cottages and apartments.
Earth Exposed Concrete Natural Flooring Finishes Traditional Roofing
This technique of construction has been practised across the globe for thousands of years. If the site has good soil conditions, this is an eco-friendly and cost effective technique of creating a building envelope.
The raw earth is stabilised with a proportionate amount of sand a little bit of cement/lime and tamped into a formwork to make a monolithic wall. This structure acts like the skin of the house (similar to a mud pot), since it breathes, it modulates temperature and humidity.
Stabilised Soil Blocks
Instead of rammed earth, sun dried stabilised earth blocks can also be used for construction. These are similar to bricks except that they have a low carbon foot print since they are not baked but sun dried. These have as much strength as the brick
In case site conditions are not favourable then regular brick work can be plastered with mud instead of cement. This technique is more eco-friendly, visually pleasing and can be used as a canvas for mural paintings!
Exposed concrete slabs without plastering
Precast concrete steps
A quick way to complete the project and make a little saving on the material finishes. This technique of precasting can be used for lintels, cills etc.
This technique of laying the roof slab, saves 30% of concrete and steel. A hollow clay tile is placed in the steel grid. There is no compromise for structural stability. the clay tile keeps the structure cool as the air cavity provide ample thermal insulation. This is a simple technique to make the structure green!
Exposed brick work
A skilled technique of exposed brick work, creates an interesting façade and texture inside out.
Exposed stone work
Exposed stone wall with locally quarried granite.
Natural stones, terracotta , polished cement
The technique of polished oxide can be used in any color and on any surface like flooring, staircase, benches, sit outs, walls etc.
Traditional roofing systems
Double Mangalore tile roof with wooden or steel support system. Other country tiles can also be used.
Traditional thick thatch roofing systems.
This is a technique that optimises the cement and sand usage in concrete. It cuts down enormously on the material required without compromising on the strength. Ferrocrete structures behave like shell structures. They are extremely strong and stable. A number of precast items can be made with this technique.
- Precast toilets
- Roofing systems
- table counters( these can be finished with polished oxide or tile)
- Water/sump tanks
- Swimming pools( which are later tiled)
- Garden slabs with patterns in it