since this is day twenty, you may no doubt be wondering just how many more days we can expect. the answer to that one, like the answer to all questions about scheduling and construction is somewhat fluid. though the schedule i have from the site supervisor projects that we’ll be done in late august, our contractor, randy oden, initially estimated the entire project would take about ten months. all of which means i’m figuring we’ll maybe be in by¬†christmas. for the time being, though, i’m going with the ten month estimate, so about 300 days, give or take a week. that’s only 280 more to go.

speaking of randy, i was chastised yesterday for allowing the rainpocalyse post up so long without any updates on what’s been happening over the last week or so–which has been truly encouraging. after we got the site mopped up, the immediate order of business has been wall repair and building, all in preparation for getting a bond beam on the top of the walls so that we can then get¬†a proper roof on the place.

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the wall on the front continuing to go up.

below is one of the many spots on the base of the exterior walls (there are a good deal inside, too) that have “basel coving”–i.e. the bottom of the wall has begun to slough away. this is usually the result of some misguided individual using concrete in an effort to reinforce the base. unfortunately, it has the opposite effect. concrete, when it’s in contact with the ground, wicks up water. and water is death to adobes. so inside the concrete they start to crumble, and eventually they degrade enough that the concrete falls away and you’re left with huge, convex areas at the bottom of the walls. not so good if, you know, you want your adobe walls to stay upright.

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repairs to the basel coving.

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another new wall going in by what will be the guest house kitchen.

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and the finished wall on the front!

so all of this wall building has meant that the crew has been making adobes like there’s no tomorrow. that’s what makes building with adobes so much fun–not only do you have to lay them, you have to supply them yourself as well. right now the place looks like a brick yard.

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adobes at the back of the house.

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adobes in the side yard.

finally, one of the best things about the last week and a half or so actually hasn’t been a wall going up, but rather one going down. the guys pulled down an interior wall in what will be our combined living/dining area (we considered leaving it, and having a formal dining area, but decided that simply didn’t make sense for our lifestyle, which is far more relaxed and casual). at any rate, we finally got our first glimpse of what the room is going to look like. it’s going to be fabulous–not to mention huge!

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the living/dining area with the wall down. we’ll salvage the cabinet at the right.

that’s all for the moment, though there’s the threat of rain in the forecast again. fingers crossed that it passes us by….