Letters from Chile – the House Building Gets Underway
The site awaits workers in the early morning
The building stage of Miguel’s house has been underway for a few days now, so I figured it’s time to let you all have a peek. I’ll make this post mostly pictorial – but if you have questions or suggestions, feel free to comment/discuss.
The posts were all sourced from trees growing within
a few hundred metres of the site
Not that the dog could care less
Jose Carrión, brother to Javiera and Jorge, gets started
on framing for the foundation
The architect and builder discuss….
Wladimir and Santiago get mixing concrete by hand. The sand and stones are
all sourced locally (the sand from the nearby riverbed)
Minimal concrete is used – here for the nine structural supports
(as per the design plans shown at bottom of this post)
Stones are stamped down into the perimeter trench
Which is then laid with a superadobe base
The earth and sand dug out of the trench makes up most of the bags’ contents
Barbed wire goes between the bag layers, to keep them in place
Like the stones underneath, the superadobe bags are compacted by hand
Meanwhile, the posts are being prepared…
…before being bolted into place
It’s starting to come together!!
There’s nothing like unwinding around the campfire after a hard day’s work
Continue on to read Part VIII: a Little Historical Context