My Mother's House Part II: Building Our Earth Sheltered House

While the summer sun was still high, we made progress on our earth-sheltered house.



071 earth sheltered house part 2 - 2 notching a beam2
All of the beams were notched, with an adze, to key them to the posts.
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071 earth sheltered house part 2 - 7 partially finished house
The earth sheltered house as it stood during summer seminars at MOTHER EARTH NEWS' Eco-Village.
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071 earth sheltered house part 2 - 1 central beam
An 8 x 16 beam was stacked on the 6 x 12 timbers to leave head room in the center of the house.
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071 earth sheltered house part 2 - 4 homasote and thermasote
The Homasote and the Thermasote sheets were piled up on the front roof prior to their application.
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071 earth sheltered house part 2 - 3 second story frame
The stud frame second-story front wall is eight inches thick.
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071 earth sheltered house part 2 - 5 hammering down homasote
The 2 x 8 sections of Homasote being hammered together and nailed down.
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071 earth sheltered house part 2 - 6 living room under construction
Inside the future living room .
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