GH8: colored concrete floors

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The lower floor of the guest house and the only floor of the guest cottage are colored concrete. They were poured on September 13th and since we’ve had a lot of rain, delaying further work. This post brings things up … Continue reading

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GH7: heavy rain delays

Since the concrete floors were poured on September 14th, not much has happened due to the continuation of this year’s rainy tendencies. Our area is already way above average yearly rainfall totals, as exemplified by flooding in Monroe (ours) and surrounding counties, mudslides, a train derailment, and deaths. With the lay of our land flooding is only possible down around where the creek flows. Around the construction site flooding is not possible — just lots of mud and erosion. Fortunately, Jo Marie put down straw and seeded in rye, which sprouts quickly and puts down good roots.

Beginning to dry out but more rains Saturday. After that might stay dry enough to start raising walls and more next week.

Many thanks to our intrepid contractors who have dealt with our difficult site, and the weather, with grace, intelligence, and good humor.

And thanks to you for following the progress.


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GH6: pipes, tubing, plumbing, & septic

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Next step was laying the plumbing and drain tile below the floors. Roy took care of the plumbing and Kevin laid drain tile with help from Santi. This drain tile will also allow for removing any radon build up before … Continue reading

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GH5: filling in & around foundations

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Once the foundations were in and the drilling completed, Bill filled the insides with sand and topped it all off with gravel. This allowed for backfilling the outsides of the foundations and below grade walls. As some of the piles … Continue reading

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Floors poured, setting, being troweled

Sid’s crew were here early and had poured the floors already by mid-morning. Finishing up took the rest of the day, partly due to misty morning weather. Concrete needs time to dry and set, with more troweling being done as that happens. These floors won’t be covered by anything else, so we all want them to look good.


Sid and team all know their jobs and get to it

Thanks to all who have donated and contributed moral support.


Chris, Maynard, and Neil working the cream all afternoon

Jo Marie, myself, and the LP board are amazed how all this is happening.We are grateful for the professionalism, skill, intelligence, and good will of all our contractors, who you are seeing in the blog galleries as I post them. Ross, Bill, Sid, Roy, Mark, and others are very patient in answering my questions and adapting to late changes. It’s fun to work through the inevitable “problems” that arise almost daily, whether because of weather, unknowns, or the nature of the universe to fall apart. Thanks, too, to Henry of Nuzum Lumber for all his help now and in the past.

We look forward to many friends enjoying these new buildings and their facilities so that you all can enjoy exploring Dhamma in our beautiful valley.

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