When a fleet of construction vehicles are parked on site, I know to expect a flurry of activity inside and out. Sub-contractors from many different trades are working to bring Desert Rain towards completion.
Brent from McKernan Enterprises was busy operating the excavator outside to re-grade the site. Last week he was digging trenches and removing rock to install sewer line. The water and waste-water systems are still pending. The city requires that Desert Rain is hooked up to the city sewer. The Living Building Challenge requires that all waste-water and storm water be processed on site. Plans have been re-designed and re-submitted. The current plan for a composting facility with a solar evaporator is waiting approval.
All Phase Electric Service continues work on the electrical system installing underground conduit and new disconnect panel boxes in the garage. The conduit is fiberglass instead of the commonly used, PVC that is a Living Building Challenge Red List item.
Sheetrock is installed, taped, and mudding completed. The American clay plaster has been completed in the accessory dwelling unit and work has begun in the main house.
Framers are installing reclaimed lumber on the interior ceilings of the main house. The lumber was salvaged from a deconstructed potato barn nearby, in Prineville, Oregon and re-milled. It is the same material that was used to cover the exterior soffits creating visual continuity from the outside, in.
From bare ground, to excavation, foundation, framing, roofing, plumbing, electrical, and all the elements of finish work – it is an amazing process to watch the transformation of materials to a liveable home. The intensity of the Desert Rain project is increased with the requirements of the Living Building Challenge. The house is emerging as a home more and more each day with finishing details. Stay tuned for the story of the American clay plaster.