Community Rebuilds' mission is to build energy-efficient housing, provide education on sustainability and improve the housing conditions of the workforce through an affordable program. Visit our website, www.communityrebuilds.org, and find us Facebook.

    Throughout the course of each build, this blog is a place where we share photos, videos, stories, progress updates and wild anecdotes.

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CRCR Foundation Process

The Community Rebuilds Central Rockies straw bale build in Crested Butte, Colorado. We are building a 3 story duplex for two families, here is the process we went through to build our foundation. By: Laura Moore 1. Concrete Form Our first job was to build the form for the concrete.This was a very tedious process … Continue reading

Intern Blaise looks confident in her foundations.


If you want to get something done right, you don’t do it yourself.  You do it with other people at a turtle’s pace.  Slow and steady wins the race.  This week, we finished the foundation(s) for both Daniela and Andrew’s homes.  We learned that when you try to jump around and speed through tasks like … Continue reading


Journal Entries

Currently I’m participating in an internship with a non-profit organization, Community Rebuilds (CR) in the small desert town of Moab, Utah. CR’s mission is to build energy-efficient housing, provide education on sustainability/natural building and improve the housing conditions through an affordable program. What is natural building? Natural building uses techniques and materials that minimize ecological … Continue reading


Lime, Sand, & Water

This week, we spent some time in the community putting the finishing touches (literally) on a large greenhouse located right here in central Gunnison.  We are paid employees of the greenhouse project for the week — and perhaps even after, depending on how good a job we’ve done.  (I think it’s pretty good.)  I like … Continue reading


How to Rebuild a Community

It’s been a busy week — we’ve finally got interns on site — today, Laura, Sarah, Stacey, Mike, Jerry and Matt all went up to the site to take preliminary measurements for footings and accomplish some rough plumbing work under the foundation.  I’m incredibly excited to go to the site and do some work tomorrow, … Continue reading

Homeowner Chad and Intern Claire prepare the bathrooms for tile

Mount Crested Butte Team Meets Moab Team

Moab, Utah.  I’d never been here on my few cross country tours.  Needless to say, the view is quite exhilarating.  After a four hour van ride with the whole crew, all of our things, and too much food, we stopped for a brief moment to take in the Moab sunshine.  The view (to mention it … Continue reading

Outside the straw bale build with the team

Mount Crested Butte, Colorado

Seventy nine days ago, I was still confused about what was happening in my life.  You never know what’s really happening to you — however, you are compelled to do things, and when you do them, those decisions put you wherever you are. So, here I am — an intern for six months at Community Rebuilds in Gunnison, … Continue reading


Why will you come to Moab?

I wish I could rediscover CR with fresh eyes; entirely unknowing of what the internship would mean. With each month this program gets richer in its value to me. I struggle at the thought of leaving my window filled with La Sals & globe mallow in bloom. But I’ll share what I have discovered thus … Continue reading


First Month Down

The first month of Community Rebuilds Spring 2016. What the heck are we doing out here in the desert? We are working to improve the housing situation for members of the Moab low-income community by demolishing two pre-1976 mobile homes and building modest straw-bale houses in their place.   We are soaking up the sun and … Continue reading


First Week

Our community rebuilds internship started last week on an unusually snowy day. There are 16 of us interns, 2 apprentices, 2 building managers and a small office staff. All of the interns live together in a big house. Home life is surprisingly smooth considering I’ve never lived with 15 other people. I love that we … Continue reading


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