Tin’s on. Thanks be.

In the nick of time it seems. About a week ago Robert and Minnie pitched up – wanting to help for a day putting on the house wrap. On Saturday, just past, more friends appeared. Also, sister Vicki and friends John and Barb came by with edible delectables to...

Roof is (mostly) On. Yay!

The temptation is to invite winter as we’re so much nearer having the house closed in. But, or course, that would be foolish at any stage. It will come when it comes and hopefully the cupola (Cue-pa-la) will be on – we’ll talk about that next update...

Keeping it (Relatively) Simple

The job of erecting the rafters was meant to happen with a larger crew today (Tuesday) –  but the forecast was for rain so we started putting up rafters yesterday, thinking we’d get a head start. This is what came of our efforts. The rafters had to move...

Centre of the Universe

Yeah, I guess we’re each the centre of the universe, but this week has been pivotal in our building universe. Svenn, a friend from Clearwater/Harvest Moon world, pictured below, was pondering how to get the four oak posts to stand in the middle of the house,...

Picture Window – Timber Perfect

We got going this week framing up the double south wall. The idea is to minimize thermal bridging  -heat moving through the wall. The studs on most houses touch both the outside and inside sidings – allowing hot and cold to travel through. Here Maggie is trying...

Ahh, Covered

The ramming ended a couple weeks ago, we covered the wall with a large plastic sheet, but venture in behind now and again to admire the story left behind. Here’s a shot taken by Maggie. Unfortunately the story the wall tells isn’t without it’s sadder...

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...

Keeping it Cool

We’re pushing hard to get ready for next Monday the 17th when a crew of friends begins work on the Rammed Earth wall.  It’s wet again this morning, though, allowing for  stay-at-home work. I can get a bit consumed by detail, in that I usually prefer the...

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....