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Monday, February 4, 2013

Colors inside and out!

     This past week we've been adding light fixtures, cleaning, and getting a bit farther with the guest bathroom.  Chad painted it green, so our next step will be working on the tub/shower area.
     We had another productive weekend filled with visitors!  I'm so glad our good friends Adam, Amanda, and Brian came over.  We've missed them so as we've been working hard on the house, but can't wait to have them over for brunch sometime soon!  Wes (an apprentice during the big 3-week build) came back with his girlfriend Mandy and tiled the last bedroom and poured a concrete slab in our pantry.  Meanwhile, Mandy, Chad, and I painted the living room a sunshiny yellow.  Nick (another apprentice from the build) also came with his brother Dylan, who brought a bunch of cool energy-reading equipment from his school.  For example, the infrared pictures below show temperatures of whatever the camera is picturing.  This helps to see which spots in the house hold the heat (or cool).  Nick and Dylan even helped Wes by mixing concrete outside in the 10 degree weather!  They had to chop up our sand pile with a pick-ax to get the materials!  That's earthship dedication.  We had such a great time with all of you this weekend.  Thank you IMMENSELY for your help and company!!!
     On Sunday, our friends Connie and John stopped over and brought a lovely housewarming gift basket.  Connie marked each gift with a cute little metaphor.  : )
     Chad has been preparing to make our doors for the bedrooms from the back hallways, and began nailing one together last night.  He's doing a great job!  See the pictures below.
     Next weekend we're anticipating some family stopping in, but feel free to come on over to check it out or help!

front of house

fresh footprints leave heat in the snow!

back doorway of house

inside corner near the big bottle wall/circle window is the coldest spot in the house

our cat, Darwin  : )

glass bottles above the main entry... you can tell the cement around them is holding in the heat!

infrared chicken!

front tire wall: doing a great job holding in the heat!

infrared tree

roof with the wood stove chimney 

A picture of our cooling tube with the interior door closed (we haven't yet capped them off outside).  You can see that a little bit of cooler temperature is around it

Now with the cooling tube interior door open: cool air coming into the house! (Should be great in the summer time!)

Our wood stove (metal turtle trivet on top)

Yay Wes installing dark brown tile floor!

nice job!

Dylan conducting a pressure-test that sealed the house and showed where cracks might be letting in/out air

Mandy and I painting the living room

Wes and Nick pouring concrete onto the pantry floor

Nick and Dylan mixing concrete for Wes in the freezing winter!

living room painted and put back together... ready to go out to dinner!

finished living room color

painted guest bathroom

Chad's artistic creation: barbed-wire exhaust cover in the master bathroom

recycled-pallet English Ivy plant hanger

shower plants 
finished living room

new pantry slab

sconces in the living room

housewarming basket from Connie and John  : )

beautiful chandelier in our bathroom installed!
entryway chandelier installed... soon to have wine bottles on it

Chad making the doors

sneak peek of one not completely done yet

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