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…

A Plaster Extravaganza

The Setup Over the past 3 1/2 months we have worked diligently to put together a fine strawbale house. As of the beginning of last week, we had cleared, formed, poured, nailed, screwed, and plastered our way to a pretty clean looking building. But, we were still pretty brown on the inside. So what did…

The End (Part 3): Tadelakt / Goodbye Lisa

I don’t know why I looked forward to rubbing a stone on a wall for so long, but it was everything I thought it would be and more. On Wednesday between reminiscing about good times with Lisa and eating delicious treats from Eric’s wife, we crammed ourselves into the shower. It’s the first time I’ve…

Dirt don’t hurt.

We’ve made big advancements in the house this past week. One major thing to note is that the house stays warm over night! When we walk in the patio doors in the mornings, the space inside is significantly warmer than the recent frigid Moab Winter weather outside. Sprinkled in with all this building was: Halloween,…


Another productive day on site. Kelly Ray is with us again for interior plaster work. Personally, I’m most excited to learn about Tadelakt, and that is for two reasons: 1) it’s a mostly organic, waterproof chemical reaction situation that involves rubbing perfect little stones on the wall. 2) it sounds like Cadillac.