80% there

I haven’t posted since July, so it is safe to say that the walls are up and the house is near complete.  I finished my internship with Livingstructure last month actually, but lately I have been busy getting my feet back on solid ground.  Overall, I learned A LOT. More importantly, I gained confidence in…

Building the AAC Walls

To build the walls of the house we used AAC blocks, or Autoclaved Aerated Concrete.  They are made out of a mixture of sand, lime, cement and water.  Aluminum powder is added for a chemical reaction that gives the block its properties.  AAC is highly thermally lightweight, and easy to install, provied structure, insulation, and fire- and…

The Making of a Trailer

Large industrial trailers are great for moving large amounts of materials to and from a project site, but they can be expensive.  Jeff found a used steel trailer bed on craiglist and we transformed it into a beautiful trailer.  The overall dimensions were 8’ by 16’.  We covered the bed with wood decking and bolted…

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…

Slaking Lime for Plastering

Lime has been used for thousands of years in building construction, such as plasters, mortar, paints or washes.  It is breathable, carbon neutral, and naturally mold resistant.  The process involves mixing bagged lime, which is made of limestone that was burned in a kiln and water. Carbon dioxide from the air causes lime putty to harden, so it…