Monday, December 10, 2007

above: less than a week later i have about 50% of the foundation trench dug. its only like 1 foot deep in most places, i will go deeper soon, to about 18-24", but i need this done carefully to create even and proper drainage. yesterday a neighbor helped me for 4 hours in the morning, and its amazing what 2 can do, its like 5x faster than just one worker (me)

Friday, December 7, 2007

this is just the start of a my most ambitious project yet. these white lines represent the foundation to our future guest house. the walls are 1.5 feet thick in most places and will be made of "cob" . the top left rectangle will be the sauna/bath, powered by a "rocketstove".
there is a little toilet/sink in the top right.
the center area will be a large bench, heated underneath by the rocket stove as well. and a kitchen/spectator gallery.
i have allready dug up 10% of the foundation. this is really tough work, all alone with a pickax and shovel
you cannot see it here, but the cottage is right next to our stream, including the hidden 6 foot waterfall!!!
the trail in the back leads up to the mountains