Anyone have any input on these?

I have a piece of land on Big Corn and am looking to someday soon erect some sort housing. I recently stumbled across and Anyone have any info regarding these is appreciated. Thanks for the help!

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Pacific yurts

You might want to check out, they have a "tropical" setup that you may want to look at if that is the route your chose.


I looked at "commercial yurts" about 30 years ago. I believe I initially saw the info in the Whole Earth Catalog. I quickly concluded that the idea of a yurt was cool but, if I wanted a yurt it was a lot more practical to build one than buy a "yurt kit".

Then I though about all the problems with a round house (needing a round couch, for example) and decided it wasn't the right answer.

Now, for a location such as Corn Island, I am guessing if you want a non-traditional round house, a geodesic dome is probably a better choice. The panel construction is labor-intensive but labor is cheap. Wood frame and plycem would work fine. The only issue would be making sure you have a good way to seal the joints.

What is wrong

with these leaf huts? Authentic?, beautiful and probably not very expensive.

My Idea

I would like to have a leaf-topped house with bamboo for the exterior and PlyCem for the protection from the elements on the outside of the wooden studs overlaid with bamboo with the ceiling of PlyCem covered with bamboo/other woods and the interior walls covered in bamboo/other woods.

Miskito Alan &#174

Great Idea

I am building a small bar in Granada (in an Not for tourists area) and this seems to be a good idea. I like the idea of bamboo but th idea of Plycem coverd with Bamoo is even better for a Guaro and Ron Plata drinkng area...


What about the wallboard looking stuff I saw used on Little Island? Any clue as to what it is? It was being used for exterior walls.

I like your idea about the bamboo house and leaf roof. The picture that you posted....was it constructed this way?

Tom - Answered

Tom - I answered your question below under your previous question/comment.

Miskito Alan &#174

Can Ply cem

be finished with stucco? What finish options are there?

Stucco looking Plycem

You can get it finished in a stucco looking finish already...

How much

for a 4 x 8 sheet of this stuff?

I don't mean to jump in for the Sheriff of Granada, but

My May, 2005 copy of Arquitectura Y Construccion magazine, which I bought at the airport in Managua, lists prices for building materials, and 4'x8' Plycem comes in 6 thicknesses ranging from 6mm to 22mm. Price ranges from C$121 to C$507. Sorry, no price given for leaf roofing.


Plycem comes in many forms and it can be covered with many different finishes. Probably a cement compound would be best since it is made with cement. Plycem is kind of like the plywood here. I heard it was not used in the U.S. because it contains some caustic materials.

Cement board

While I have never seen sheets of plycem in the US, I have seen the equivalent in ship lap siding. I had friends who lived right next to the ocean in Washington state. When they did an addition to their ship lap house they elected to use it because it was bugproof.

It's a dessert topping, it's a floor cleaner . . .

Is Plycem like Hardiboard?


I googled plycem and I believe it is indeed like Hardiboard.

I shoulda thoughta that

I looked at their website, and it appears to be identical to Hardiboard, which is perfectly legal in the US, so the claim that it's not used due to caustic materials would appear to be a false rumor. Hardiboard is so popular that contractors look at you funny if you specify wood siding any more.

Just Thinking

I've never seen the PlyCem smoothed with the stucco look. The PlyCem is smooth.

I'm thinking that it might work directly on the material; but, to apply the stucco look, the application surface has to be rough.

I'm also thinkng that you could apply those thin wood fish-pot strips to the PlyCem and and apply chicken wire and then apply the cement for the stucco look.

Usually, the PlyCem is just painted; but, I really don't like that look. You might think about my varnished bamboo idea.

I would talk to some of the cement people on Corn Island like "Steadman" (Death) and see what they think about my idea. BTW/ He would be a good lead contractor for you and his English is very good.

Miskito Alan &#174

Oh..I get it now that I really read it.

Alan, I really like your idea about the bamboo and leaf roof construction.

Yurts in Corn Island?

I lived there for 10 years and this is my opinion.

The salt spray would kill the Yurts very quickly.

Go cement block and Plycem and forget about it.

Miskito Alan &#174

What is

Plycem? I saw a house being built on Little Island and they were using something that looked like drywall on the outside....What was that stuff? It was a wood frame but with this drywall looking stuff on the outside!

PlyCem & NicLit

Some people use both of these brand words as generic names.

The roofing material that is not zinc or leaf is PlyCem or NicaLit. This material may be flat or wavy material with the small waves or large waves.

The flat NicaLit or PlyCem is usually used for the walls and drilled & screwed on to wooden studs. This material will not break with a hammer. Of course, the closer the wooden studs, the greater the strength of the material.

None of the above mentioned material is needed for a "Yurt".

Miskito Alan &#174


I guess yurts are nice if you're a Mongol and have to uproot and travel a lot.

Seriously, when in Rome, do as the Romans. When in Mongolia, do as the Mongolians.

I'm all for affordable, simple housing, but the yurts at cost about $13/sq. ft. without counting a floor slab. You can build conventionally in many parts of Nicaragua for less than that, though Corn Island probably costs more.


You must remember to add the shipping & customs imports costs to Nicaragua from Yurtville.

If somebody can construct a "Yurt" in 2 or 3 days; somebody else can take a "Yurt" down and move the thing in one day or less.

Cement blocks are more stationary at a location. Cement houses do not tend to walk away from a site.

Miskito Alan &#174

Do yurts

fly well in hurricane season?

Sure, why not?

If you dismantle it in time you can take it with when you evacuate. Your furniture may fly very nicely, though, when you're forced to leave it behind.