Snaps from day 3. Before the rain came. Here’s Pete mixing sand with clay to create a nice firm and flat pad base.
Forever Tree Earthship Build: Days 3-7.
15.10.14 - 19.10.14
Well, as it goes with a natural build, we have been at the mercy of the weather, which for the past few days has been lots of rain. Much needed for our garden but temporarily slowing progress on site as the clay is too soft and wet to complete the pad and begin foundation holes. It’ll need a few days to dry out before we can get back to it in that regard.
During our wet, hibernating days we have been workshop planning and fine tuning details for the build.
This morning we had a truck load of blue metal delivered which will help form the pad and termite barrier. Hopefully we can roll this in tomorrow if the earth has dried enough.
It’s been raining for the past two days. It finally stopped, so we went for a walk through the paddock with our puppies. The smell of relief from the dry earth is intoxicating. Our plants have taken advantage of the water and grown hugely. Pete presents me with a leaf in the shape of a heart. Hobson and Hendrix run up to me, one with a ball in his mouth, and the other holding the ball throwing stick. They run and play then find the half filled dam. We watch them play in the fresh water. The sky whispers of more to come.
Forever Tree Earthship: Build Day 2.
Today we had a lot of other things on. But as far as the build went we cleaned more of the materials off site (unused tyres, cans, wood etc) and collected more car sized tyres so Pete could lay out the front section of the building. Tonight we stepped through where everything will go in the space and got our first real taste of the reality of our soon to be family home.
The thought of the sun shining through our recycled bottle wall of our alfresco bedroom garden area makes me so very excited :). I can feel the warmth of this building already.
Forever Tree Earthship: Build Day 1.
13/ 10/ 14
Today we began the main build…HOORAAAAAAY! After so long waiting for slooooow engineers and going back and fourth with plans and approvals to make sure we got the desired result its hard to believe that it’s actually begun!
Today we marked out the pad retaining wall/ foundation for the berm and then put the tyres in place. We’re now ready for our sand to be delivered in the next few days to begin building up the pad. We spent quite some time collecting more truck tyres (11R22.5) from around town, as a recent revision of the plan included more tyres that we hadn’t yet collected. Luckily the farmers are all at the end of seeding and have brought in countless amounts of just the right sized tyres for our pad. The tyre yards were as grateful as always to have them taken off their hands, and kept out of landfill.
Can’t wait to see the pad laid :)
Splish, splash I was taking a bath!
Riding to town to get dinner bits on a gorgeous, Spring afternoon.
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