All Room For Form

“Now, what shall we call this new sort of gazing house
That has opened in our town where people sit
Quietly and pour out their glancing
Like light, like answering?”

Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi

 

Another week of shifts. Space is shaped within shape and the abstraction of form without obvious function sheds its indiscernability as familiarity creeps in like a scorpion watching you sleep. Here are the very walls which demarcate the rooms which assign space into the flow of time. Here I am now in the kitchen. Now the “living” room. Now where I sleep. Now the garden. Now somewhere between.

This week the interior walls were formed, built and installed. Pocket doors assembled and hung. Electrician’s preparations begun. (Clear!) The house grows into itself: foundation out of earth, walls of straw and wood, inward chambers locking shape into recognition: there will be the rug, the meal, my daughters, the hat hung on a hook. Here I will be. So it goes.

It was a week of pieces coming together, of adjustments, of syncing to the design as the design adjusts. And we adjust, too, because there is nothing which is not opportunity.

Interior walls. Like a many-chambered heart, the life of the building is in the division of its rooms. Here we have our 2x structure coming together, framing rooms and passages. Each wall is constructed so to leave a 1/4 to 1/2 gap between the top beam of the wall and the trusses above, so to allow a gentle give and motion between the two when the opening of a door letting in air of a temperature different from that in the house pressurizes the inside like air in lungs. The house as a heart, as lungs. Something living, in its way. (Note: If a home is chambered, if it breathes the air, why not view its expulsion of liquids as essential, as opportunity, and take greywater to where it speaks the earth surrounding into further growth? A home can be, should be an organic system as any other. May there be no waste? Ask.)

Interior walls. Like a many-chambered heart, the life of the building is in the division of its rooms. Here we have our 2x structure coming together, framing rooms and passages. Each wall is constructed so to leave a 1/4 to 1/2 gap between the top beam of the wall and the trusses above, so to allow a gentle give and motion between the two when the opening of a door letting in air of a temperature different from that already in the house pressurizes the inside like air in lungs. The house as a heart, as lungs. Something living, in its way. (Note: If a home is chambered, if it breathes the air, why not view its expulsion of liquids as essential, as opportunity, and take greywater to where it speaks the earth surrounding into further growth? A home can be, should be an organic system as any other. May there be no waste? Ask. Or don’t. Just do it, homeowners.)

Jeffrey and Leslie construct a palette wall using discarded palettes and planks to form the division between bedroom and living room. The enclosed palette compartments will later be filled with the same light straw-clay mixture used to fill the spans over windows and doorways, thus utilizing nearly 100% locally sourced waste products to create the wall space into which (somehow and unavoidably ironically) is inset a space for a large flatscreen television. Hey, you can't win 'em all. But you balance. And this is balance. Literally balanced (and sufficiently supported) shipping palettes. Great work!

Jeffrey and Leslie construct a palette wall using discarded palettes and planks to form the division between bedroom and living room. The enclosed palette compartments will later be filled with the same light straw-clay mixture used to fill the spans over windows and doorways, thus utilizing nearly 100% locally sourced waste products to create the wall space into which (somehow and unavoidably ironically) is inset a frame for a large flatscreen television. Hey, you can’t win ’em all. But you balance. And this is balance. Literally balanced (and sufficiently supported) shipping palettes. Great work!

Josefina thinks the house could use more black. Call it punk-striping. Call it what you want. Actually, call it tar-papering the exterior exposed wood in preparation for plastering.

Josefina thinks the house could use more black. Call it punk-striping. Call it what you want. Actually, call it tar-papering the exterior exposed wood in preparation for plastering.

Jeff and Jeremy worked diligently and with angelic grace affixing the J-Channel to the exterior flashing. The J-Channel provides a base to support the exterior plaster and creates a drain for moisture to drain off of the wall and down through holes in the channel, onto the flashing and away from the house.

Jeff and Jeremy worked diligently and with angelic grace affixing the J-Channel to the exterior flashing. The J-Channel provides a base to support the exterior plaster and creates a drain for moisture to drain off of the wall and down through holes in the channel, onto the flashing and away from the house.

What's that, Jeffrey? Too many pictures? Whatever. Here he is monotonously stapling the beginnings of deer fence lathing to the exterior of the home in further preparation for plastering.

What’s that, Jeffrey? Too many pictures? Whatever.
Here he is monotonously stapling the beginnings of deer fence lathing to the exterior of the home in further preparation for plastering.

Britta and Leslie run the trim cut by Dan and Jeremy to act as a guideline and divider between the roof-beam junction and the wall plaster. Leaving this few inch gap allows for the normal shiftings of a home upon planes where differing materials meet without the almost inevitable ensuing cracking in the plaster.

Britta and Leslie run the trim cut by Dan and Jeremy to act as a guideline and divider between the roof-beam junction and the wall plaster. Leaving this few inch gap allows for the normal shiftings of a home upon planes where differing materials meet without the almost inevitable ensuing cracking in the plaster.

 

Recall, you are building much more than a home. Your work is that very thing: work. Spend your days in deluge of what you do. Let it speak You as you raise It.

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One Response to “All Room For Form”
  1. Eddy Winko says:

    Very poetic and great progress; looking good.

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