okay, so it hasn’t really been quite that many days. though there are days lately when it feels like it! not that i’m impatient to be done or anything.
but: if we were closing in on my last post, now we are REALLY closing in. i can almost feel the moving boxes that lie in our future-and the smell of cardboard, the heft of them, the zillions of books that we will once again have to pack up and cart (honestly, i’m truly convinced that books have babies-it’s the only explanation).
and yet. and yet-then we will finally actually be living at the house o’ mud! not sure what i’m going to do when the place is no longer a construction site. at any rate-a few more progress photos. sooooo close.
we went through a few different colors, trying to find one that would darken up the exterior enough but not too much (the lime wash alone is just so WHITE).
here’s where we ended up. it’s still more on the white side than i would have liked (tinting lime wash is not as simple as it might seem-several of the darker colors we had actually looked purple in certain lights), but it is toned down some. and note the addition of the lights!
notice anything about that last photo? yup-that’s right, they took the construction fence down! it’s been a couple of weeks now, but that was a red letter day, after almost 10 months of chain link surrounding the front facade.
also on the exterior: canale extenders! sounds dull, but they’re super important for keeping rain draining from the roof away from the base of the building. we did three different designs for the front. this one is arrows.
moon and stars. in all of these you can see the sheets of strand board we were using to try to shoot the water away from the building until they arrived.
and some more exterior rain water control for the back. all of the metal bits on the front and back of the building will eventually rust, which will go nicely with the rusty fences we have planned.
hey look, a light fixture!
hey look, another light fixture! (and a chair. randy, our contractor, yelled at me for moving stuff in, but when you find a recliner on super sale, sometimes a girl just has to do what a girl has to do.)
and, yes, ceiling fans too! we even have outlet covers now and wall switches, if you can believe it.
in addition to the electrical, there’s been a whole lot of trimming going on. check out the scribe line on that piece of trim! i told the guys they should all get awards for most complicated scribing ever. (and if you think the wood is impressive, you should see some of the cement tiles.)
here’s the kitchen table our carpenter, john (that’s him above), built to replace the one i’d had built previously that did NOT work out. he used reclaimed wood from our yard for the shelves. it’s fabulous! the top will arrive soon.
not to be outdone by john, our site manager sean installed the reclaimed wood ceiling in the pantry. it looks amazing!
close up of the ceiling.
meanwhile, i’ve been plastering my little brains out on the guest house shower stall. this has one more coat of fine-grained lime plaster to go, then a coat of sealer and it should be ready for fixtures.
once Fito finishes the tile in here-he’s close-i’ll be able to plaster this shower, too. and then we’ll almost have a working master bath!
and then this can go back in there. though it does make for something of a statement piece sitting in our bedroom.
but the really big excitement lately: services! this is the sewer cut in progress. we had a few bad moments with a nearby water line, but it all worked out in the end.
what’s even more fun than a sewer connection? that’s right: a new utility pole! this just went in yesterday, and after a wait of some seven months, it’s hard to say how happy we are that we will finally have power everywhere in the house and guest house. they had to install a new transformer, and in the meantime the crew was working off one outlet of temporary power for the entire place (though we were grateful to have even that after months of generators.)
one last photo to leave you with: more adobes. they had to make one more small batch to infill one of the doorways we’re closing off on the front. ’cause you can just never do enough adobe-making when you have a house of mud.