November 2005

The new building project is making good progress. The framing is almost complete and the roof is expected to be finished by Thanksgiving. You can watch the progress by looking at pictures in our Photo Gallery. Our four summer interns (Mike, Avi, Jason, and Roxanna) have left now, along with Christopher (who goes to Florida for the winter), leaving Michael and Bob working on the project with our Fall intern Branden and a neighbor named Brian. At this point it looks like the natural building workshops that we're planning will happen in the spring. That's when they'll be starting to work with strawbales, cob, natural and earthen plasters, etc. If you're on our natural building email list you'll be contacted on a regular basis with construction and workshop updates.

August 2005

The new building project is coming along slowly but steadily. The foundation is just about done and the building team has begun to work on the framing. The masonry stove has arrived and the initial assembly is done. You can watch the progress by looking at pictures in our Photo Gallery. We've got four interns (Mike, Avi, Jason, and Roxanna) working with Michael and Christopher on the project. They tell us that it's much more complex than a normal building and that's why it's taking longer than expected. So far we've had to postpone our scheduled workshops a couple of times, and it looks like the project will continue into next spring. If you're on our new building email list you'll be contacted on a regular basis with updates.

May 2005

The new building update is that we've applied for the building permit and are still waiting to hear back from them. The architectural plans are complete and the work crew is waiting to start. The county has given us the go-ahead to set up the erosion control, which they need to approve before we move to the next step, so that will happen in the next few days. We had to move the schedule back because of some delays, so now it looks like the foundation will happen in June, the framing in July, and then the strawbale and plastering starting in August. We still plan to organize volunteer labor through internships, workdays, and workshops. Several interns have been accepted (and more applications keep coming), the workshops are scheduled, and we're excited about getting started! Stay tuned if you're interested in getting involved -- we'll be sending announcements out on our email list or you can use the form to get on our new building workshop list.

January 2005

The new building update is that we're still waiting on the final architectural plans before we can get the building permit. At this point, since we're into the middle of winter, there won't be any construction before the spring. We still plan to organize some volunteer labor through internships, workdays, and workshops. For those of you who haven't heard, we're going to be building a new residence which will feature many aspects of green building, including strawbale, cob, natural plasters, natural paint, a masonry stove, passive solar heating, solar water heating, solar electricity, and rooftop water catchment. Our architect, Sigi Koko, will be leading some workshops during the building process for those who want to get hands-on education in these techniques. Stay tuned if you're interested in getting involved -- we'll be sending announcements out on our email list or you can use the form to get on our new building workshop list. A few people have expressed interest in living in one of the downstairs apartments, but so far only one is solidly spoken for (let us know if you're interested in the other one).

August 2004

The big news in the community is still the new building. We've been working with architect Sigi Koko and the plans are almost complete. We originally thought we could have the roof up and plaster on the walls by first frost, but delays in the process have caused a change in plans. The current thinking is that we'll put the new road in and pour the foundation by the end of this Fall, and then do the rest in the Spring. So far we've started by taking down the mobile home (we call it the trailer) up on the hill. Several community members dismantled it over the last couple of weeks. It's a big deal to see it go, as many people have lived in that space over the years.

We still plan to organize some volunteer labor through internships, workdays, and workshops. Stay tuned if you're interested in getting involved, we'll be sending announcements out on our email list or you can use the form to get on our new building workshop list. A few people have expressed interest in living in one of the downstairs apartments, so we've started a waiting list (let us know if you want to be on it).

Our current mill renovation project is the windows -- we're trying a couple of sample windows to see what style we like best.

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