Earthen Floors

Earthen Floors have existed in the human culture for thousands of years. They are durable, beautiful, and provide thermal mass for any home. However, over time they began to develop a negative connotation, being associated with the developing world. However, earthen floors are making their way into modern society, rightly so. Sukita Crimmel, a pioneer…

Shelter Series: Farm Office Foundation

The first week of the shelter series was preparing the site and laying the foundation. I actually missed most of this week because I was away, but fortunately I was able to participate because it was an ongoing process. Meaning, it took longer than a week. Once the site was cleared, a trench was dug…

Fixing the Old Foundation

Since the foundation survived the fire in good condition, there was only a few fixes that needed to be done.  The back part of the existing foundation is being removed and the stones will be saved for a later use.  The reason for this is that the orginal house was about 150 years old.  Everything constructed…