After spending the winter hibernating, I'm more than ready to get out there and continue digging the foundation trench. I didn't make as much housebuilding progress as I'd hoped last summer for a variety of reasons, so I've been working on ways to move things a bit faster this time.
For one thing, I will not be involved in as many writing projects this time, so I won't need to come to town every day for Internet and electricity. Also, there have been a couple of serendipitous developments recently in the green building networking department.
First, for an article I was writing, I had to interview architect/builder Mark Goldman, who teaches some of the classes in green building technology at UNM-Taos. During that two-hour(!) conversation we also talked about my housebuilding project. He had me come present to one of his classes about it, and he wants to bring his students out to help me build :)
|Mark Goldman and the adobe structure his students built in their classroom/workshop.|
Another issue that slowed things down last summer was how unbearably hot and sunny it got during the day out there, so I've been working on creating some shade; I'll describe what I've done and post a photo or two next time.