Finishing touches, nearly touching the finish

At this stage of the build daily projects seem at once huge and small. With finish plasters going up and adobe floors being poured, it’s easy to forget about the little things like fixtures and face-plates. Hand in hand, these big and little things work together to make a home whole.

Two foundations!

It’s the middle of week three and the build sites have been buzzing non-stop with activity. As of yesterday, foundations for both homes are poured and setting up. Next stop: Frame Town.  

Mile Markers

Today was the beginning of the end. The adobe floor has always sat as the final mile marker. The last big thing that had to be done on the straw bale home that we have spent the last 4 months building, and we started pouring it today. It’s fitting that the adobe floor is our … Continue reading

Earthships, drag queens and regular ol’ buildin’

The wind has been wild in Moab. Luckily we’re mostly working inside on Steve’s house – plastering walls, detailing the kitchen and getting ready for the final floor pour. The next step for plaster will be adding pigment… let there be color! Two weeks ago we were lucky to attend Radically Sustainable Buildings: a one-day Earthships … Continue reading

The Taming of the Bale

Like every great love affair it took quite a bit of time and preparation. A lot more preparation than any of us had expected. And during that preparation things seemed deceptively conventional; like the vixen we were pursuing was hardly the racy, alternative siren we expected. But that all changed today as Doug impaled the … Continue reading

Thumbs up on inspection!

22 Is The New 18

Chairman Mao Tse-tung holds a nefarious place in history. His reign holds the distinction of creating the largest death toll attributed to any government administration in history. He ruled China during a particularly turbulent social time and played a pivotal role in the Chinese Communist Revolution. Though dark clouds obscure his legacy, a few bright … Continue reading

Preparing for plaster.

The crew is preparing for a week of earth plaster. We’ve got the frames of the doors and windows nearly done. It’s a slow, muddy process, but it’s so rewarding once it’s done.