The last time we showed you our cob house the roof frame was beginning to go up, back in October. I'm taking a step back to show the whole process of getting the roof up. By the end of this post the house will have developed dramatically. I hope you enjoy these photos.
|October 17, 2016 - The house unprotected. For a year we had a tarp over the house to protect it from the rain. Guests slept in the rustic rooms with good windows and doors but only a large blue tarp to cover it.|
|Oct. 19 - The roof structure goes up.|
|The recycled tiles are made from used milk boxes - heating and molding the aluminum and plastic remains |
into strong but lightweight and pliable tiles.
|We hired a local builder and his brother to put up the roof.|
|The weather cooperated, cloudy but without rain.|
|Nov 10 - The finished roof, nicely rounded with a small circular saw.|
|Another view of the completed roof.|
|The space between the wall and roof must now be filled in. Eventually the roof |
will be supported by the wall and some of the posts will be removed.
|Handing up the cobs to be added to the top of the wall.|
|Cob meets roof.|
|We created vent holes with screening.|
|Dec 28 -The walls of the two bedrooms and the bathroom are almost completed.|
|Jan 17, 2017 - Now it's time to work on the two level floor: |
living room above, entry-level kitchenette below.
|Guy empties one of the unending wheelbarrows of gravel. At the back sits a|
handmade water level.
|Lolita and Cindy inspect the premises while Guy starts filling the lower level.|
The tamper is used to make the floor as solid as possible.
|Stones, gravel and sand are delivered just outside our property since the|
bridge isn't strong enough for heavy trucks.
|It's a pretty stretch but long after about twenty cartfuls.|
|Especially since its' uphill.|
|Feb 1 - The next floor layer is made of earth, sand, gravel and straw. |
It's pocked so that the next layer will adhere.
|We decided to make a ramp between levels since we have a wheelchair-bound|
friend. And, who knows, we might need it ourselves in the future.
|Feb 7 - Now we're placing the used windows we bought back in October.|
|The three large windows have to be propped and tied in place until|
the walls go up around them.
|The cob house as of February 23, 2017|