Thursday, September 15, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
We are getting close to being done for now. A couple of coats of lime wash with cement colors on the ecohouse gave a nice color. The living roof is planted with sedums. The entry has a slate floor, wood steps made from spalted silver maple are in place to treatment space and ecohouse and some shelves for books and the kitchenette are up.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
I visited Emory Knoll Farms two days ago and bought four flats of their special mix of sedums for this (Maryland) bioregion. They are such pretty little plants and resilient too. They recommended a growing medium produced at Stancill's Clay pit. Terry and Emlyn Stancill were generous with their time and knowledge.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
The slate floor is done. Grouted and sealed. We left the piece in the geographic center of the floor loose so we can make or buy something with a compass rose on it to go there. There were a few odd cuts of silver maple left that had been neglected and some spalting took place which gave them a pretty nice look. They made for perfect steps to the Ecohouse.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
We installed a Vermont slate floor last week. Mixed colors in a repeating pattern. Now we are finishing the living roof. The drainage layer uses broken up cinder block and leftover cement mixed with perlite that was then broken into little pieces.
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Kappy and I went to a local quarry Tri-State Stone where they also sell Vermont slate flooring single sizes and patterns. We found a nice mixed color pattern that comes in 10sq.ft. boxes. We needed 18 boxes and that is exactly how much they had of this style. Good luck I'd say. Today I installed the flue for the Jotul woodstove and made the first fire.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
We are beginning the final phase of construction. Things left to do are: slate floor in the middle space, pine floor in the ecohouse, living roof over the bathroom and some plaster details. The buildings weathered the DC winter with no problems and has served Kappy's breathwork practice quite well.