Sunday, December 30, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Adam finished filling two of the three "cells" of the house this past weekend, all by himself! (With the help of the rental equipment.)
One more to go!
We are preparing to welcome our straw bales one of these weeks. Here is the spot we have cleared for the eight "squeezes" of straw we have ordered. We have pushed back the delivery date a number of times because we are not in any hurry to receive it and also because it has been a VERY rainy July and August here and we'd just as soon let it stay in sunny southern Arizona as long as possible.
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Monday, July 16, 2007
This is the living area pictured above right (kitchen at far end, living room in middle and master bedroom closest to photographer).
Ken was also able to dig our water line connection for us with his tractor.
We leave for Santa Fe tomorrow to attend Willis Umholtz's memorial service, but we should be back by the weekend and Adam will be hard at it again. Therese may even be able to help this weekend, as she is not schedule to work at her "day job".
Thanks for checking!
Friday, July 13, 2007
After an extended hiatus on the building project, (Willis you are missed), we finally got going again on July 2 with the delivery of 14 dump truck loads of "dirty cinders" which we'll be using to fill in the foundation. Once we fill up what seems like the vast space defined by the impressive wall, we will be ready for the slab.
Adam spent one whole weekend trying as hard as he could to move the dirt from outside the wall to the inside, level it and compact it by hand (carrying the dirt by wheel barrow load; shoveling it in, leveling with a rake and compacting every 10 inches with a jumping jack compactor). While he made significant progress for this method, it seems there is still a long way to go!
Accordingly, he has rented some equipment for this weekend: a bobcat and a remote compactor. These, along with the help of some friends, will make it go faster we hope!
Friday, June 8, 2007
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Still working on shoring up the foundation ditches (and finding someone to help with the pre-concrete preparation work). Adam's been working hard, fine-tuning the ditches with his shovel, and now compacting them with his compactor while he lines up help with getting the re-bar in place so the concrete can be poured into the ditches. It may take another week or so before the re-bar is ready (as most of the work is being done on the weekends).
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Sunday, May 13, 2007
My husband, Adam, is planning to do most of the work himself, with various "helpers" along the way. This in addition to a full time job as a civil engineer in the private sector, and three smallish kids (ages 5, 7, and 9). So you know we won't be moving at a lightning pace, but we'll hopefully be moving faster than we have the past three years! The picture is the building site "before". The tractor (rental) is poised to remove the top layer of organics to start preparing the site.
Check back often to see how we're progressing!