Quick Earthbag House Update
It’s September 17th, 2015…I thought I’d pop in with a quick update on our earthbag house project.
We’re making slow but steady progress! One of the big blocks we’ve faced this year is the lack of extra help like we had last year. We have a part-time helper and Keith’s sisters both took time off work and helped for a few days, which was wonderful! We’ve put up more ads and are hoping to find more workers soon.
Meanwhile, Keith has been working on the roof over the cistern room, installing a UV filter on the cistern, and having a load of water hauled out to fill it (2,513 gallons were delivered!). I’ll write a whole post about the water soon…stay tuned.
Keith’s dad, Lee, also built some stairs for the cistern room.
With the help of Keith’s sisters we also made a lot of papercrete with our new papercrete tow mixer and sprayed it inside the cistern room and around on several of the outside walls.
There are several new layers of earthbags on the walls, and Keith is especially making good progress on the east wall.
Keith has also been working on the roof design and recently placed an order for all of the roofing materials, which will be delivered along with the trusses in a couple of weeks. We’ll all be very excited to see the roof going up!
Last but not least, it looks like we may finally be getting an excavating company out soon to install the septic system. It has been a challenge to find any responsive companies in our area to come out and do this. We’re excited about this because not only will it allow us to finish the plumbing in the house as we’re ready, but Keith and I will have full hookups for our motorhome, too!
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My husband and I are nomads, having lived in over a dozen U.S. states, plus Mexico, Antarctica, and Ecuador. I write. I recently released the 2nd edition of my 2nd book, "Live Like a Local in Loja," and I'm looking for a publisher for my third book, "Seven Years Running"--the true story of my fugitive childhood.