Wow, its been awhile! The big update: we were featured in an episode of a great PBS show called Growing a Greener World: Episode 416: Sustainable Homes I'm actually using these episodes in my high school science elective this year as they fit into the curriculum perfectly!
My cousin, Jon, did an awesome video update in early September. Unfortunately I cannot embed the clip here so go to the source: http://vimeo.com/77143056
We've spent much of late summer/autumn finishing some concrete/masonry work outside. We poured a walkway and entryway at the West entrance (our main entry from the driveway) and finished the brown-stained cement finish coat on the East end.
Winter Projects: Finish the other bathroom (shower), build the second hallway closet, tile mosaic in the West entryway greenhouse area, and plaster the back hallway.
Spring Projects: finish East and West patios, final masonry coat on West end, and finish garden
Stay tuned for a Kickstarter Campaign for our spring/summer project!
Saturday, August 24, 2013
September 2nd-6th we will have two Earthship Biotecture crew members here to work on plastering the final two bedrooms, back hallway, and hopefully the entryway and back patio walls. People who are interested in working alongside them are welcome to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. On-site camping is available for those who would like to stay the night!
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Last week we had Joe Lamp'l, host and executive producer of Growing a Greener World® and his cameraman/director Carl Pennington from Georgia over for the day to tape a segment for their show. We had a lot of fun with them and can't wait to watch our episode on October 19th! They have a really great show about sustainability and gardening, and are on their 4th season. All of their episodes are worth checking out, and are posted online here:
|Joe and Carl preparing to tape the introduction to the episode|
|Carl setting up the living room for our interview|
|the promotional picture of us and our earthship|
Thursday, August 15, 2013
As you can see the Airbnb advertisement located on the upper right corner on our blog, we started renting our master bed and bath as an earthship bed and breakfast. Throughout July and now into August we've enjoyed hosting about a dozen different parties (individuals and couples). It's been neat to share our space with interested people, answer their questions, and tell stories about what we've been through to get to this point. Sign up to stay with us by clicking on the Airbnb image!
Here are some pictures from around the house, including our ever-growing greenhouse plants:
|finished the bottle wall over the living room entryway|
|chicken coop and fruit orchard (should produce fruit next summer)|
|cucumbers in the back branch-trellis planter|
|watermelon growing on the wall of the back patio|
|we grew a red pepper right in the greenhouse (it was green for at least 3 weeks!)|
|San Marzano tomatoes|
|I'm painting the entryway a terracotta orange|
|Ellie and Darwin enjoying the evening sun|
|Chad pollinating the tomato flowers with a small paintbrush|
|huge basil harvest! (turned into pesto)|
|pumpkin growing outside|
|garlic harvest from our outdoor garden|
Another big project we've been working on is our back patio. I had a vision of a mosaic-ed wall, wrap around bench, unique bottle fence background, and a fire pit. It isn't done yet, but it's coming along!
|tire wall to form bench, can wall fire pit|
|posts added to support the bottle fence|
|20 pieces of rebar set vertically will form the posts on the bottle fence|
|whole bottles with labels removed and holes drilled through the bottom will slide onto the rebar forming a bottle fence|
|my Kokopelli mosaic so far (one blue one left to go!)|
|Chad added copper tubing to the dome which will heat water to be pumped through the floor of the back hallway.|
|Light a fire,|
|watch the smoke get sucked up the chimney.|
|Once the bricks get to 900 degrees you push the coals to the back of the oven and wipe down the surface with a wet rag.|
|Then slide your pizza in with a peel!|
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Back wall closets:
|strawberry mint smoothie... mmmm!|
|strawberry-walnut salad with lettuce from the garden|
Chad ordered around 750 ladybugs to release on our orange tree because we've been battling with cottony cushion scale, an insect that often feeds on citrus trees. It's a gross little white fluffy insect seen below. Chad read that ladybugs were natural predators, but it turns out it's vedalia ladybeetle, a specific type of ladybug, that will really eat them up. Unfortunately, those aren't sold commercially.
|our bedroom view|
|huge tomato "tree"!|
|lots of heirloom tomatoes growing... they are so good!|
|our outdoor garden|
Around the House
|curtain doorway to our bedroom|
|our bathroom, with shower curtains and blinds for privacy|
|our/Koda's bed with curtains in window|
Wood-Fired Brick Pizza Oven!
Chad couldn't help himself and started this "fall 2013" project at full speed. He's doing it himself and saving us $thousands.
|Chad embedded ceramic insulation board and insulating firebrick into the 6" thick slab of vermiculite concrete. The brick floor and dome will be built right on top of this.|
|first chain of bricks put in, along with the landing and opening|
|2nd and 3rd chain, needing firebrick wedges to start to round it out|
|arch doorway framed and set|
|arched opening and 4th chain|
|Chad created a little jig to help hold up the 5th chain before it dries|
|this is starting to become a very fun place for cats to check out... before there's any fire, that is|
|7th chain in!|
|there's a valve in the ball which we'll release to deflate and remove in the end|
|Chad's pic from the top... all I could say is "it's crowning!"|