Sunday, May 27, 2007

More Foundation Work

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


Well, we laid out the house this week, and hired a backhoe operator (named Fred Long) to dig the footings on Friday, May 18! I wasn't here but Adam was, to help him dig in the right places. Fred was surprised how soft the dirt was, and now we have to worry a bit about making sure the trenches don't cave in before the steel gets put in place and the cement truck can make its first appearance!

We ordered the steel (re-bar) needed to reinforce the concrete for the footings. It will be delivered Friday the 25th! Once it is delivered, Adam will spend about a week putting the steel in place. We will hope to have the cement truck come to pour the footings on the following Friday or Saturday, June 1 or 2.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Ground Cleared

Second step down! (Getting the permit was the first BIG step. Anyone who has ever dealt with an arbitrary and cantankerous building department can identify, I'm sure.) The top layer is scraped off, with the help of a little rental tractor. Next step, lay out the "footprint" and dig the footings with the help of a backhoe and operator. That's scheduled for later this week, stay tuned!

Sunday, May 13, 2007

We got the permit!

Hey, so we've been designing our strawbale home in Flagstaff, Arizona for the past three years; we've been tweaking the plans for the past 12 months, and we've been waiting for the building permit for the past ten weeks. We finally received the blasted piece of paper on Friday, May 11, and we're off!

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!