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....

Winds that Blow. To our door perhaps.

Rainy Day. Here’s our call for learner-helpers. Please pass this on to active souls (any shape or age)  in your circles you feel would enjoy this opportunity. We appreciate all offers of help. “We’re building a Rammed Earth (RE) home this summer and...

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...

Front Row Believer

We have these two competing compulsions – Maggie and I. On one hand we want to build in a way that makes sense to most folks on earth. If every person or family, even in Canada, was allocated equal access to resources, would it be possible to each build a modest...

Help with the Romance

The foundation went in last fall. We’ve been making plans all winter. From now till late fall we’ll be building the outer shell of our rammed earth – solar powered home. The building project is attracting folks who want to help. You’re welcome to...