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We are building a cob and cordwood (cobwood) building we are referring to as The Witch and Wizard Hut. It will have a reciprocal roof and a log timber frame. The back half of this structure will be set into the hillside and will be made of ramed earth Tire construction. The foundation where it is not tires will be made of stone and concrete on top of a Rubble Trench Foundation.
We just finished working on the root cellar that will be under the house and access form the kitchen. The roof with be a living roof.... we are pretty excited!
DIY and building projects
Help with Eco Projects
-Total off grid living
-learn ways to be self sustainable
-learn how to construct your own low cost home
-learn how to build in an eco-friendly and low impact way
-spend some time in the mountains and drink fresh creek water
-learn about laying hen care
-learn how to improvise with what you have
Right now we are accepting people from both out of Provence and out of country as long as there has been a two week isolation period because of covid.
We are accepting help from people who live in BC too! If you are not sick and have not been hanging out with people who have been sick no isolation period is necessary. :)
We so look forward to meeting you!
,.............. What we are up to ............
We are building a circular cob and cordwood building with a reciprocal roof!
We have researched a lot so far but have no hands on experience. If you have experience with cob, cordwood or timber framing building you would be handy to have around. If you have experience with building foundations and drainage this would also be nice. That being said we are looking for people who are willing to learn along side us in this venture so if you want to come and stay and have no experience in these areas that is fine! As long as you bring a good work enthusiasm and a happy heart!
Where we are at in the project:
We have finished constructing the root cellar that will be under the building! Stacked and mortered cinder blocks is the type of construction. With a log frame on top and locally home milled boards on top. Just needs the top to be insulated!
Update: ceiling has been insulated! We used local sheep's wool and repurposed some feed bags to tuck it all up with.
Next stage spring, summer, fall 2020:
-insulate the top of the root cellar with local sheep's wool. DONE 👌
-level and bring in drainage rock and gravel for rubble trench foundation. DONE 👌
-Make rammed earth tire wall and drainage for earthbermed portion of building.
-make Rubble Trench foundation
-make stone and concrete stemwall
-start on the log frame for roof
Things you can learn from helping at this stage:
.planning and preparation for rubble trench foundation. This type of foundation uses a fraction of the cement of a ordinary foundation thus lowering the carbon foot print of your home and utilizing local materials.
. Stone masonry basics while constructing stemwall
.planning drainage for earthsheltered buildings
. Planning utilities in eco structure
.sorting, peeling, organizing logs for the timber frame.
. basic timber frame, farmer style
.rammed earth tire wall construction
Your very own private bungalow made from recycled pallets! running water will be outside in a hose. Shared outdoor hot water shower (rustic). We eat a diet of yummy vegetarian meals with farm fresh eggs :)
We are looking for people who line up with what we are all about, seeing as we will be spending time together while we are working this would make for a better experience for everyone evolved.
The things we are all about:
-equality for all people/races/gender/sexual preference
-fair and kind treatment for all animals and bugs (exceptions are made for mosquitoes.... I know I am a terrible person)
-looking after our environment
-treating each other with respect
-keeping and open mind to new ideas
-we are vegetarians and practicing vegans
-no alcohol at our place, but we are 4:20 friendly
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4 hours a day, 5 days a week