Natural Earthen Plaster, with Aliz (Clay Paint)

I've been hesitant to describe our plastering process up until now, as I still consider myself to be a bit of a plastering novice. It's also really hard to take accurate photos of plaster, especially without interior lighting! We have essentially been learning as we go, making adjustments to our techniques and process as we … Continue reading Natural Earthen Plaster, with Aliz (Clay Paint)

Light Straw-Clay Insulation Wall

Although we started constructing the light straw-clay wall at the end of May, I am just getting around to writing about it now (October). It was a project that took the entire summer, and we are still working on finishing the plaster. For now, I will just provide a basic overview of the process, and … Continue reading Light Straw-Clay Insulation Wall

Finishing the first floor layer and starting to earthen plaster

Finishing the First Floor Layer We worked long days during the first few weeks of December to finish the base layer of earthen floor, room by room. After pouring the first three rooms, we ran out of screened clay. From that point on, one person would screen clay while the other made the floor mix. … Continue reading Finishing the first floor layer and starting to earthen plaster

Attic Insulation and Roof Sheathing

Installing the attic insulation and roof sheathing went much faster than I had anticipated.  The quick pace has proven to be quite auspicious, as the typical summer monsoon storm systems begin to play out in southwestern New Mexico. Nick, an owner-builder pal of mine, helped me put up the insulation and sheathing over the course … Continue reading Attic Insulation and Roof Sheathing