Looking for advice from people in Virginia about building codes. I’m trying to choose a county where I can start my own farm. I’d like to use traditional building methods – hay bales, earthship, sand bag type architecture, and cut my own lumber on site. Looking for 50+ acres. Please let me know where you’re from, and what kind of building codes there are!
Look at Floyd county. They have an active alternative building community and the building inspectors are probably familiar with ‘non-standard’ buildings. I’ve participated in the building of an offgrid straw bale house there.
The area around Lexington VA, (Rockbridge and Botetourt counties and environs) also has quite a few alternative structures tucked away in the hills. I’ve toured yurts, straw bale, timber framed, log and cordwood structures in that area .
Charlottesville and environs also has an active green building community.