Tune Wednesday?

The earth-bag crew set new bag laying records this past weekend in their mission to get back on schedule, and in order to take Monday off for the Super Bowl festivities.  The superadobe walls are growing higher, and as we transform into a well oiled machine, the first curved section is now almost at its final height of 1m.  Today we are laying a french drain behind the wall (seen below on the left with J-rad carrying the pipe, Trent & Loren laying it, and Travis acting like he is thinking) so that the increasingly wet climate of Wanaka won't compromise the foundation of the wall and cause slumping.

    Meanwhile, the carpenters continue to saw and hammer away.  Jonny and JJ are seen in photo 2 securing the trusses in place above the ensuite bathroom and wardrobe.  
Brendan and Doug start to create the feeling of real walls with the addition of the 'green' "Ecoply" (which seems to be a bit of an oxymoron, but is a bit better than normal plywood) sheets over the framing next to the kitchen.  
The shapes and spaces of the home are really coming together now, which is incredibly exciting and morale boosting.  The corrugated steel roofing has been chosen and ordered, which will soon provide shade and shelter from the piercing UV intensity that is New Zealand sun. 

     And of course Simon and Trent have been putting on the after-burners in the joinery shop (and the Touch Rugby field!) and are making some serious progress on the custom window frames.  The craftsmanship and soothing feel of the wooden frames are spectacular.  Here are a few recent shots of the workmanship:

Check out the mortise & tenon and joint action on the corners!
 Here is a hinged window frame awaiting its glass and hardware.

We will send you off with a classic Beatles track to sum up the progress on the site as well as a celebration tune for the coming return of mastermind and chieftain Tom Jennings to AltShiftNZ HQ,- see you soon!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for your last post. I have some catching up to do but love seeing how everything is progressing so beautifully. Know you'll be glad to have Tom back on the scene but thank you for sharing him with us! Happy belated Waitangi Day!
    Lots of love.