We’ve been joined on site by Ethan’s dad Dick and Dianne,
and in good timing as bucketing up concrete is only exciting the first five or
so times. They’ve also been helping us lay foundation, a task that has a
surprisingly variable amount of precision – while we were busy using a level
and plumb-bob Joao cruised past us with a line he had set and his trowel flying.
Ethan and I are the now officially the septic and plumbing
specialists on site. Frightening, but we’ve kept it simple and Joao has given
our plan the thumbs up. We’ve laid the outlet pipes that will be embedded into
the floor and also played with the architects’ floor plan by placing the toilets
where ever was convenient for us to lay the pipe – fortunately that wall is
still negotiable. Within our plumbing responsibilities is setting up the pump
for our water tank, and Ethan was hard at work today trying to configure a
slow-drip pump that can be run at lower energy costs. We are also now the water
safety specialists and ran tests today on our well, tap, and bio-sand filter
water, results are pending.
Meanwhile, James and John have started the roof trusses, and
Mercedes and Giorie are hard at work on laying the foundation for our bathroom/pantry walls. I wish there was more of
a story, but really watching from afar we see a bunch of wood being cut and a
bunch of brick being laid – plenty good for us.