Hello Readers! A lot has happened in the year since our last post. Let's take a look at some of the projects we completed between August 2021 and August 2022... Finishing the earthen floors Not much compares to the beauty and feel of an earthen floor, but installing earthen floors throughout an entire house requires … Continue reading finishing earthen Floors, Solar power, and final inspections!
Category: Foundation Work
Finishing the foundation and preparing to lay the first adobes
Another month has passed and we finally laid our first adobes yesterday morning! It took us a little over four and a half months to get to this point, as we broke ground on the foundation on June 1st of this year, so it really felt like a huge milestone. Before I discuss laying the … Continue reading Finishing the foundation and preparing to lay the first adobes
Finishing the gravel trench and constructing the concrete forms
We've been busy working since our last post! The gravel trench proved to be a time-consuming and laborious project, but hey, that's what building your own house is all about! The trench took precisely 75,340 lbs. of gravel to fill. Shovelful by shovelful we moved that entire amount from the pile to the trench. Installing … Continue reading Finishing the gravel trench and constructing the concrete forms
Gravel Trench Footing Construction
Earlier this week we started filling the trenches with gravel. A gravel trench foundation, also known as a rubble trench or french drain, is an alternative foundation that requires an engineer's seal to be approved in the state of New Mexico. The trenches are lined with filter fabric to reduce the amount of mud that … Continue reading Gravel Trench Footing Construction
A month of trench work
Rainbows, trenches, etc.
Working in the trenches
Can you dig it?
Getting the Buildsite Ready
Our permit drawings were approved!