The Wall Revealed

Yay! The forms are off. The wall is revealed (and now is curing under cover). We’ve learned a lot about rammed earth building  – and love. Here’s the tear-down time lapse taken by Jonah. It features good friends Mitch, Alex and Daniel – with...

Video Peek of the Build

Here’s a short video of the rammed earth process – thanks to Jonah. The earth comes right from the site, we sieve it and then mix it with 5% cement and enough water to make sure it packs well. It’s a bit of shoveling and lifting, but we can build 16...

Up She Goes!

That was a big week for us and our future home. Here are a few photos of the form work going up (in which the earth will be rammed) and a short (and mercifully silent) video of us getting the timbers planed at the local rafter making facility – Western Archrib....

Ready and Willing

Great progress! This is what 8.1 Kilowatts of potential power looks like – enough to run a modest family home. And below are some of our neighbours helping to set it up. We’re now waiting for the batteries, inverters, etc. later this month. These...

Back to Soil and Light

Blog 18 of the Romancing our Way series. January was slow on the house building front due to the passing of our father. He taught me so much about taking on projects with gusto. There’ll be no end of projects this year. February has already been busy....

Obituary of our Dad – Werner – Jan. 2017

Obituary of Werner (Vern) Neufeld for his Celebration of Life Our father was a gentleman in the old fashioned way. He loved to be active and he expected everyone around him to contribute to the common good. He was also a life-long learner – a role model for so...