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Progress on the house

The foundation walls are done. Tomorrow we start filling them with soil and quarry waste. Then comes a layer of papercrete with large stones embedded in it, and finally we'll pour the concrete slab that will serve as our floor. I had intended to include in-floor radiant heating, but the money is running out fast, so I don't know if that feature will make the final cut. The goal now is to get something built that we can move into as quickly as possible so that we can get out from under the monthly drain of our rental house in town. This will mean a good deal of simplification of the original plan.













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uminthecoil
Apr. 4th, 2004 02:16 pm (UTC)
damn...these are great shots and well put together...dig'n it...:)
kmo
Apr. 4th, 2004 04:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks, man
Watch this space. In the coming weeks you'll see a genuine "alternative structure" take shape.
godfrey_viii
Apr. 4th, 2004 03:04 pm (UTC)
Not to sound cheezy, but seeing you do something like this is pretty inspirational to me, to actually build your own house, and using 'alternative' materials and techniques and whatnot, good times. And as always I love your photo-collages, life really should be in panel form, with photoshop smoothing out the rough parts, and quirky comments floating around in thought balloons...
kmo
Apr. 4th, 2004 04:53 pm (UTC)
Life in Photoshop
...life really should be in panel form, with photoshop smoothing out the rough parts, and quirky comments floating around in thought balloons...

Isn't it like that already? (At least some of the time, anyway?)

:)
carocrow
Apr. 4th, 2004 04:33 pm (UTC)
I'd probably consider the heat a long term investment and do it anyway. Is there any way you can get an RV or something and dry camp the summer while you're working on the house? That would cut way back on expenses.

kmo
Apr. 4th, 2004 05:03 pm (UTC)
Camping out...
I'd do it but for one consideration:

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I'd do it but for one consideration:

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Also, we'd have to find a place to store our furniture.
kmo
Apr. 4th, 2004 05:06 pm (UTC)
Let's try that again
carocrow
Apr. 4th, 2004 06:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Let's try that again
I'd forgotten about the impending baby... but how might she feel about RV living for a while? When is she due, and what is your prospectus for completing the house, or at least the framing in?

I know it sounds like a rough experience, but camping doesn't have to be, as long as you've got running water and toilet facilities; particularly if you have a converted van or RV.

Either way, I hope you don't have to cut corners on your project; it will be worth it in the long run to put everything you can into it now.
kmo
Apr. 4th, 2004 08:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Let's try that again
Lara is due in mid July. I intend to have the walls and roof up by then. There's no framing with papercrete. I'll be building from the ground up, and the work goes pretty quickly according to Mike McCain.

I'd very much like to be out on the land now so that I could work more continuously than I do now. Again, the problem there is that we have a fair amount of furniture. I think rent on an RV plus rent on a storage facility would at least equal the rent on this house. Perhaps not. It's worth checking into.

...it will be worth it in the long run to put everything you can into it now.

I think so too.
kmo
Apr. 4th, 2004 08:23 pm (UTC)
The RV option
I was just pricing RV rentals on-line, and what we pay for a month's rent on this house would get us the use of a very small RV for a week.
carocrow
Apr. 4th, 2004 08:50 pm (UTC)
Re: The RV option
Well, really, you don't need a road worthy RV, just something that will serve as a house trailer for you. We've seen used RV's in NH for a couple grand. I don't know what they are down in AK, though.

Yeah, UHauls and rentals are exhorbitant. Even those popups are expensive to rent.
kmo
Apr. 5th, 2004 04:05 pm (UTC)
Re: The RV option
We've seen used RV's in NH for a couple grand.

I'll keep my eyes open for an inexpensive one, but two grand is four months rent on this house, and I plan to have the new house build in that time frame. Of course if we have the trailer on site, then we'll have a guest house.
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