Winter is officially here. We had freezing rain all through the night, topped off with about 6 inches of snow this morning. Fortunately we did finish the plaster, complete our temporary roof, put in a couple of windows for light and boarded up the others, and stuffed grain bags full of grass underneath the roof for a bit of insulation from the driving winds. It may not be entirely warm inside (though we intend to fire up the wood burning stove some time soon to try it out) but it’ll be dry.
With colder weather here, we’ll switch our efforts to work inside of the structure as well as finishing plans for next year. It should be interesting, having enough time to plan… This year was kind of a “well, we have about 10 hours to get ‘er done before the rain hits again so let’s move” deal. Given that it’s also our first earthbag structure of this size, it made for some challenging days.
Topping our list of things to do inside the building are: place the rocket mass heater and make the necessary adjustments prior to making it a permanent structure, frame the greenhouse/sunspace, frame the kitchen cabinets, and figure out the plumbing layout. Bear in mind that our plan was to build a house for under $5,000. That goal is still intact- thanks to scavenging, reuse of on-hand materials, and a whole lotta ingenuity- but it definitely adds a degree of difficulty to the project. But the sense of accomplishment… whew! I’m of the mind that there’s nothing we can’t do. Really.