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.

Blue tadelakt

Thanks to Liz Johndrow of Earthen Endeavors for taking these beautiful photos of Porscha and Josh Doucette’s blue tadelakt shower.

Black tadelakt

Thanks to Melissa Beaury – one of our homeowners this fall – for these great photos of her and Randy’s beautiful Tadelakt shower. This weekend students spend countless hours with Ryan Chivers and Liz Johndrow, two plaster masters and extraordinary teachers. Why the countless hours? Liz and Ryan have been teaching us about tadelakt. Tadelakt … Continue reading

Yellow Friday

Just a short post today. This year we are spending The Day After Thanksgiving turning this beautiful home for Melissa and Randy YELLOW. Throw some brightness into your Friday!

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 Web We Weave

An excerpt from the Utah Housing Coalition’s Spring 2014 newsletter. Thank you, Tara Rollins for your kind words and recognition!

Think like a mountain.

Permaculture Workshop, Spring 2014 On Monday and Tuesday we learned to “think like a mountain.” During this semester’s permaculture workshop we split our time between philosophizing and digging, practicing Aikido and practicing fire building. We planted trees, established guilds and built water harvesting earthworks with the support of locals, visitors, businesses and nonprofits. Many thanks … 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