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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Weekly Update #5

We are still working really hard during every spare moment we have!  This past week we finished tiling both bathroom floors, passed our electrical inspection, starting covering the walls with plywood, covered the master bathroom shower with backer board, painted on some Red Gard waterproofer, installed a toilet and temporary sink in the master bathroom, finished the short can wall in the greenhouse, cleaned out our bedroom a bit, and cleaned out the living room/kitchen/dining room open space and began laying that granite floor!
master bathroom wall

master bathroom tiling, and toilet installed!

prepping one bedroom to pour the floor

backerboard in our shower!

Red Gard waterproofer... really pink and really stinky! 
4 cans-high greenhouse can wall to separate walkway from planter cell

family bathroom tiled and grouted (still a little cloudy from the grout, needs another wipe-down!)

Chad and his students building a chicken coop... 26 chickens coming in October!
Dad came to help again for the weekend

the moment I've been looking forward to... hanging the plywood so we can begin to install our cabinets!

the first cabinet!!

ahh!  love!

these are just sitting in place... we'll keep working on them

Missing the fridge on the left, more upper cabinets, the oven, the sink,  a dishwasher, and countertops

Dad finishing the can wall 
Red Gard dry and ready to begin installing shower wall tile!

tiling the step in the family bathroom

just found this 4-leaf clover that a student from last week's Skidmore College visiting group left in the wall for us!

working late to polish the kitchen/living room/dining room granite floor mosaic!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Weekly Update #4

      This past week Chad and I have continued tiling, packing out, and laying can walls.  Our local plumber came to begin installing the gas lines for our stove, dryer, and hot water heater (this will be our only utility bill!) and the electricians are almost finished wiring the AC components of the house and will begin the few DC components tomorrow.  Chad and his coworker John finished the other bedroom can wall to the ceiling, and I have been working on tiling our bathroom floor.

      Saturday, we had a large group of interested students from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs.  Their professor of environmental studies, AJ, brought a group of students to tour the earthship and then help us out!  It was so nice meeting you all and thank you for your help!  Also, another one of my 3rd cousins has a friend, Van, who is highly interested in earthships, so he came down from Cazenovia College both days this weekend to help out!

teaching them the ratios in our concrete batches

pizza and drink break

laying a can wall in the greenhouse to separate the planter cell!

thanks everyone for your visit!

"starry night" room with hallway lights on and camera flash
without flash

"sunshine" room bottles

finishing tiling the master bathroom

lots of pack out done today

planter cell can wall

Monday, September 17, 2012

Weekly Update #3

Here is what we've accomplished in the earthship this week!  Thanks for the can donations, and thanks to my dad and Michelle for working this weekend with us!

Septic leach lines in

back patio

my dad, the Can King

Michelle closes in the bedroom wall!

Dad closes in the opposite corner

the hallway view of the "sunshine" room

Chad is leveling out the living room floor

Kitchen floor grouted... done!  All free tiles!

Pantry wall... don't worry,  the red was spray paint!

Dad doing the wall with the diamonds

The "starry night" room

Master bathroom floor!

Master bathroom steps.

Master bathroom wall climbing higher!

"Sunshine" bedroom completed!

"Starry night" bedroom almost all closed in

Kitchen floor and wall 
family bathroom ready to be tiled

hallway can and bottle wall