"Where are the photos, RB?"
The photos are on our blog which apparently I am not allowed to share. Weird policy. I named the blog after our house building technique. If you Google the words "built from trash" with the quotation marks, it is first on the list.
"Was the papercrete mixed and poured by you & friends?"
We did it all by ourselves -- just me and Elisia.
"How was it done, in a mortar mixer or cement truck?"
We have a 2 step process for making papercrete. First, we soak the newspaper for at least 24 hours, then add it to a 15 gallon wash tub (I added a baffle made from a 2 x 4 and cemented in - with Bondo - a PVC drain pipe) that is positioned under a floor model drill press. In the chuck I insert a metal rod which has a food processing blade attached to it. I add paper and water as I mix until it is full and the paper is completely broken down into pulp. When finished, I open the drain and the slurry pours out into a a draining tank (I capture the water for reuse). We add the drained (still wet) paper pulp (via 5 gallon buckets) to a cement mixer into which we also add another 5 gallon bucket of clay (with the rocks sifted out) and a shake of Borax and about 4 quarts of Portland cement.
Once the slurry is ready, we pour it into forms we built over the tires (we poured a 12" wide by 8 " high concrete pad on the tires before pouring the papercrete walls).
Hope you can see the photos as they speak a thousand words.
"Are all areas heated in the winter? Are they separated or all together?"
Most of the house is open and heated by one wood burning stove. For those very cold nights, we do have 2 propane heaters in the distant corners! With papercrete walls and ceilings, we often need to open the window in winter to let out some heat!
"What are your normal daytime highs in the coldest months/usual overnight lows in coldest months"
In the winter months, the average high is between 30 and 40 degrees and the average low is around 20 to 25 degrees. This last winter it was much colder with lots of snow!