This is the official end of the 2008 building season for me. I am in New Jersey for the holidays. The work site has been cleaned up, the house has been sealed, and the EPDM pond liner has been tied down.
I didn’t quite meet my goal of finishing a cob house in a single season. Here’s what remains for next year (in rough sequence):
- Finishing the living roof (constructing an edge board, creating a soil retaining system, loading soil onto roof)
- Finish interior plaster
- Finish floor layer
- Build rocket stove and cob bed and bench
- Finish exterior plaster
I figure this work shouldn’t take very long, especially since much of it is indoor and could happen during rain or shine.
I must say that I am very satisfied with what has been accomplished since April. The overwhelming bulk of the work has been completed. I will never forget the incredible rains of this year, and how much torment it caused me at times; I have many (fond?) memories of waking up at 3 a.m. during a thunderstorm to make sure the tarps were still covering my cob walls.
I owe many thanks to the dozens of people who have helped me this year. I have kept a list of everyone who has helped in some form, and it totals over 60 names. Dozens more have passed through my work site on tours and expressed their excitement and wonder, which has always felt inspirational and motivating to me.
But it ain’t over just yet. Once the weather warms again, I’ll be out there again.
The Year of Mud continues.