Archive for October, 2011

An Artful House

So much has happened since my last post. We were so excited about finishing the cellar that we just kept pushing to get more of the house done. Our summer was flooded with rain, so we lost a lot of building time. We picked one of the wettest seasons to build a cob house!

First things first! After the cellar we started on the dry stacked foundation.

Alexor working on the dry stacked foundation

Ready for cob!

With the foundation ready to go, we started cobbing and… covering the house and uncovering the house, cobbing and… covering the house…. and uncovering! Repeated over and over again!

Wheres the house?

 Amazingly we survived all the rain.

One of our visitors was an a incredible photographer. Don Orkoskey. Check out his photography and the rest of the pictures he took of the cob house at Don Orkoskey Photography.

Don stole my heart with this picture

If you look closely at the rock shelves you can see the lintel wrapped in chicken wire. I decided to do a lintel instead of an arch to accent the two square windows.

Another one of Dons shots

I love everything about this picture! It is chaotic and has so much meaning. The rain tarps are peaking over the wall just above hatch leading down the cellar. The ladder shoved in the corner because it was the only way it would fit until we have a door for the cellar and the straw bales are in just the perfect place to say “Hey! Don’t forget about me”! Thank you Don, for capturing the playfulness of my house!

Last week we had such beautiful weather and we took absolute advantage of it! We pushed and pushed to get a roof on our house before the next rain. I am 100% happy to tell you that we did it!

Everyone lifting the heavy beams onto the walls

After the support beams came the joists! Which I will admit was somewhat of a pain due to using round rafters and 2x8s together. A draw blade and shims came in handy!

Alexor putting in a joist


I can honestly say with all the rain we had been getting this year that I didn’t think we would ever get to this point! BUT WE DID!!! WOOOO HOOOO!!! The floor is absolutely beautiful. We bought $0.40 sqft rough cut, kiln dried lumber from a local lumber yard. We are finally high enough to repoint the rest of the chimney. That will be a warmer winter day project.

We haven’t finished the whole floor yet but I am anxious to see what it will look like. I know it is going to blow us away.

I was pretty satisfied with getting a few floor boards on so I left Alexor to it and went to finish a few things I had been itching to do. A mislaid tarp allowed rain water to damage some outside niches that I had been working on and I had started another rock shelf that I wanted to work on.

My lantern, creeping plants, candle niche!

My new rock shelves!

After a long week and a half, Alexor and I sat down and just stared at the chimney in the living room.

It feels so cozy and romantic!

We just stared at it completely in awe. Completely stunned that we built this house… with our feet!


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