Building a new house and shop

Discussion in 'Workshop and Home Improvement' started by 1911, Oct 29, 2016.

  1. Rugy

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    Nice to see that you're at this stage. Must feel very rewarding.
    Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing the build.
     
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    You are documenting this process very well. Thank you.

    Do you have enough cash to start on the interior, or are you going to make us wait a while for that?
     
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    Thank you (and everyone else) for reading along and making positive comments and suggestions.

    LOL, sorry but we probably won't start on the interior right away. The good news is, my business has picked up lately, I'm getting more work than I have in a long time, so as long as that holds out it should allow us to start moving forward again. The next step will be to frame-up the bottom of the window openings, and put in all the doors and windows to enclose it.
     
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    Yeah, those are just the latest GoogleEarth image, taken last October. Looks like all the domes except maybe the last two were poured by then.

    Congratulations on your land on Veal Station. We lived just off Veal Station, on Edward Farris Rd before we bought the current place.
     
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    A lot of dirt work over the last several weeks, but nothing too dramatic to show for it. All the dirt that was piled on the hill above the house has been moved down, to finish filling in behind the house, to re-contour the hill itself (to something like its original shape/slope) or on top of the house. Here is a photo, taken from above the house and looking up to the re-contoured hill above it:


    I still want more material (dirt) on top of the house, another foot or two at least. We've pretty much run out of what we dug out of the hill, so we will have to dig some fresh stuff from the shooting range area or by the gas well pad.

    I'm happy with this stage of the progress anyway; it's looking less like a construction project and more like what I envisioned.

    I have 10 lbs. of native grass seed mix ready to plant on the hill and the top of the house, but by the time the top of the house is finished and ready to plant, I'm afraid it will be too late in the summer to plant successfully, so I will probably have to wait until the fall or maybe next spring. I'm also going to buy some native wildflower seed mix for it, but I wanted to get the grasses going first. Was hoping to get it established before the weeds took over. Maybe I will go ahead and plant the hill now and do the house later. I will also plant some oak trees on the hill, eventually. When the hill and top of the house get grown over with the various plants, the whole project will be pretty "stealth", even from the air.
     
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    That's definitely an issue with an earth sheltered structure - not too much to show for it when it is done properly! ;)

    I'd definitely get something planted - at the least where the work is finished (hill) - or you're going to be fighting weeds for years to come. Maybe a cover crop of rye grass if that works in your area? Often, the "wanted" covers are easier to remove later than the weeds.
     
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    I would also worry about erosion with no root system if you get heavy rain. I know in Northern Arizona after a forest fire there is a big concern for flooding with the monsoon season with no new growth yet. Hate to see your work get washed away before next spring.
     
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    For both of those reasons, I'll plant this year for sure. Been talking to the Oklahoma-based company that sold me the native grass seed mix; they say fall planting will work well, as long as I can get it in 60-90 days before the first frost. The average first frost here in this county is between November 12th and November 17th, so if I can get the seed down by September 1st, I should be good. But from now until then is our hottest/driest part of the year, and it would take constant watering several times a day to keep it alive I'm afraid. That will also give us some time to finish the dirt work on top of the house.

    I'm also going to plant some native tree species on the hill; Bur Oak, Mexican Plum, and Texas Mountain Laurel. All of these do well in the high pH soil that we have here. May go window-shopping for trees tomorrow (though again, I will not buy or plant them until the fall).
     
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