The title says it all. With the help of Alexors father, Stan, we were able to tear down the remaining walls. Clearing the way for us to start preparing for the fun part. Cobbing 🙂
The next wall was a little tricky. We had to cut through some of the cabin logs with a chainsaw so the porch wall wouldn’t fall with the chimney wall. We plan to keep the porch wall with the original logs and fill it in with cob. The top log of the porch wall was completely rotted and trees were growing out of it! Fortunately there are salvaged logs in our wood pile that we can cut to size and place on top.
While Stan had the Chainsaw out he started clearing the overgrown bushes away from the rock wall in the back of the house. It looks incredible. It is as if I am in a dream world when I am back there. Everything is so peaceful.
All that stands now is what we will be restoring with cob and salvaged wood.
We are going to have to buy cement, lime and sand for the mortar mixture to fix the chimney and the foundation. Another cost will be the straw bales, and AFM Sealant. Other than that we can find everything we need from the earth. Cob is a mixture of clay, straw, sand, screenings (or in our case we will be using small stones from the creek beds), and water. Tomorrow we plan on cleaning up the site from todays deconstruction and to start gathering stones for the foundation. Hopefully we will start cobbing by the end of next week!