2014 Another Amazing Building Season

I want to first start by thanking all the wonderful participants that joined the Natural Living School in 2014! Completing yet another amazing building season.  We started this season by wrapping up last year’s greenhouse project. This included: adding windows, doors, greenhouse plastic and a finish plaster on the inside and outside of this cute greenhouse.  Thank you all who made this possible!

Highly insulated straw-bale wall on north side
Earthen Greenhouse
Earthen greenhouse - roundwood frame w/ cob & strawbale
Earthen greenhouse – roundwood frame w/ cob & strawbale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next we started the construction of the “Ash-Room”, a cinder bath for goats, chickens and “Lilly the Donkey” to roll around on ash, keeping the mites off their skin and the sun off their backs. A project sponsored by ‘The Yogoata” of Ananda Village

Lath and Plaster with light clay/straw infill
Lath and Plaster wall system

 This structure is our first round wood timber frame to include lath & plaster, and light clay all together. It was lots of fun to build.

Some of the participants
July Workhop celebrating progress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We continued our work on the Wright Family Cottage, AKA the Studio.  Working with the county was stressful, but in the end we were able to give them what they wanted, and we passed our foundation and framing inspections.  Just a few more, including electrical, finish plaster, and then we get our Final.  Wooo, we are so close….


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Roundwood plates and rafters can be seen!
The Loft in The Studio

 

Also at Melissa’s we built her a round bale-cob pump house that she will use as cold storage year around.  Thank you all who made this project a reality.

Big eaves minimize walls exposure
High School Boys Building a cob pump house
Foundation systems - French drain, earthbags and cob bond beam
Jeremy pinning re-bar through cob bond beam

 

Stay tune, we will be announcing next years project really soon……

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