Thursday, June 23, 2011
...it's getting hot in here...
Roofbeams being assembled. Adobe being assembled. Kitchen being assembled. Friends being assembled. July is here. It is hot out. And in. We still need to bury our house. It is always colder than outside, but not quite as cold as one would want it. For what it is, it's manageable, even for me. We are putting together our roof. Building scrap wood truss after scrap wood truss. We'll be done in about two more weeks maybe. Hopefully sooner. So many visitors though, it distracts us from the labor. And two more on the way... summer has begun.
We build these for the price of screws:
We have also been experimenting with adobe. We're pretty sure we'll be able to make it with our local dirt and sand from our property! This is exciting, because it'll be free, and efficient. It feels good to make adobe. It's so much easier than cement. It sticks more, and is cleaner and non-toxic. So, our current experimental recipe is: 1/2 dirt with clay in it from a specific site on our property, 1/2 sand from our arroyo, and two hand fulls of flour and straw that we got out of dumpsters.
Using the adobe as filler on the walls, eventually we'll plaster with adobe too:
And a final note: the fires wont stop. The pollution is insane. We haven't had a completely clear day in months. I am glad that they aren't any closer, but we can see the one in the Santa Fe forest burning. It's not a pretty sight. Stop stop stop the fires. The pollution does make for out of this world sunsets and moons.
More to come.