Apr 242019
 

So do most people who build a house, so … what’s the big deal? Here it is: most people who build a natural core (strawbale) house do it on a credit card or with cash — they don’t get a mortgage. Our finances are complicated, and it took us 4 tries. With the help of Drew Butler, our UBuildIt guy, we finally found a bank who would work with us. Now, a request: if you are the praying type, say a prayer that we will get this thing built as quickly as possible, because:

  1. It involves applying thousands of pounds of rock (lime plaster) to both sides of the exterior walls
  2. There are no machines which can do it well – it must be done by hand
  3. The labor market is very tight around here
  4. A construction loan has a deadline

Are we scared? A little bit… Will the Lord provide? Yes, if we ask. We’re asking!

Apr 162019
 

After roughly 10 tries last week, we found an excavator with a claw (the grabber thing above the bucket in the picture). It got the crossing cleaned out! Since then, the creek has been happy, and we’re moving forward… Notice the large rocks in the picture of the crossing. Some of them are too big for 2 men to lift! Hopefully, the creek will go around them now and will stay off the far edges of the concrete. We will eventually need to modify the intake pipes so less debris will be caught in them, and more will flow over the top. In the meantime, you-know-who (aka, the builder – aka, not the builder’s wife) will be getting down in the creek and cleaning out debris by hand so as to avoid renting another Bobcat.

UPDATE on 4/24

The creek did get over the crossing, and the riprap in the picture did it’s job. There are a few logs here and there, but TT just got a new chainsaw so … [sound of chainsaw revving … 😀 ]

Apr 062019
 

A friend recently asked me, “What’s a highlift?” Behold…

Our driveway, it turns out, needed to go right through a place where this huge, dead oak tree was standing. We got a bid of $800 to drop it, but then Drew, our UBuildIt guru, said one of his operators could just push it over. So — that’s what happened! Note the size of the trunk. Wish I had been there at the time, because it must have been quite a show.

Highlifts can do some amazing things…