Excuse the wait…we’ve been having too much fun!

the student intern line-up

Well…on February 1st, Community Rebuilds welcomed it’s new group of fabulous student interns – all 8 of them! Onward and forward. Here we go!

the student intern line-up

The CR student intern line-up beginning with Eric Plourde, instructor extraordinaire!

And here they line up – on the front porch of the trailer that will be finding its way to the dump on Valentine’s Day next week. Good thing it’s pink. Check out our STUDENTS tab for a closer look at the Spring 2012 student intern team.

What did we do on our first couple of days, you ask? On Wednesday we got to know each other over cold cuts. The new crew visited the site where we will be schlepping almost every day for the next four months. GREAT NEWS: The site is only a few blocks from the campus house! Thank goodness we can all “human power” ourselves to the build site this semester. Then, we spent the rest of the day discussing expectations and settling into the campus house.

Thursday morning, 8am, Eric and Kelly (our instructor team) rolled out the building plans. This semester’s build is a 3 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom floor plan with the same passive solar design as our last build and with an added radiant floor flare. (excuse the lines)

The Floor Plan - Spring 2012

The Floor Plan - Spring 2012

Wednesday afternoon we all stretched our legs and enjoyed a most excellent hike up Culvert Canyon.

Friday morning, 8am (another early start), we all loaded into cars with packed lunches and headed out on a natural building home tour. We began our tour n Castle Valley where we talked about fire danger, rainwater collection, the “do not’s” of straw bale construction, and the beauty of curves and small spaces. Thanks Leta, Mary Beth, Sheri, and Mary. Then we headed back to Moab for a picnic lunch in the park and a tour of 2 homes still under construction (Michelle’s home in Mulberry Grove and Dennis’ home in Spanish Valley) and a tour of Susie and Kalen’s small straw bale home on the edge of Moab’s nature preserve. What an intro!

On Monday, we put off working for one more day to go on a bike ride led by our future homeowners! Thank you Eric and Nancy AND Moab Cyclery for the gear, the instruction, and the inspiration!

mountain biking at Dead Horse Point - and resting

mountain biking at Dead Horse Point - and resting

On Tuesday, we FINALLY pulled out the tool belts and got to work alongside Eric and Nancy. Check them out on the roof of the trailer – carefully pulling away flashing – prepping to disassemble the front porch with the intention of reusing it. That’s what we do – reduce, recycle, and reuse everything we can from the existing home.

Eric and Nancy - rippin' it

Eric and Nancy - rippin' it

And more…

Welcome back, Jerry!

Welcome back, Jerry!

tool belt cameo

tool belt cameo

making steps...baby steps

making steps...baby steps

Thanks for reading! Follow us along through our semester – 4 months to go!

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