My mother is proud to do her best Vanna White impersonation and show off the completed Guest House!
She says she hasn't slept so well for years...both with the front door open (the magnetic screen door keeps the 'squeeters out) and closed.
A coat of plaster in a couple of weeks will polish off the outside.
You can see that Cob can accommodate easily all the conveniences of modern technology...if you choose to include them.
Here, Mom is holding a table lamp with a 6W LED bulb, plugged into the wall, which is wired for 12V DC (don't try that conventional hair dryer!)
This is the view from the larger south-west facing window...the greenhouse surrounding the first cob building.
And here is a view from the Garden of the Guest House (aka Grozel House, since Grozel [pictured] is the Romanian word for Grandmother and the name my daughter uses for my mom).
The metal roof has already proven itself to be efficient at catching rain; we had only a mm or two, but the gutter and hose system filled up a 75 gallon barrel completely! Much needed during our very dry summers here on Lasqueti.
Willy Willow is excited to show you the completed tunnel, which will act a a flue for the outside fire pit (far end of photo) and allow the heat to be absorbed into and through the cob floor.
You can see the reclaimed washing machine lids at the far end of the tunnel as well...they make it easier to span the two cob walls and are both strong and fire proof, and won't restrict the heat conduction from flue to floor.
Now, we'll fill in the subfloor on both sides of the tunnel with gravel wheelbarrowed in. When that is done, we'll have wide, flat spaces to mix on, which will make the perimeter walls quick to put up. And the interior wall, which will hold up the south roof beams and 2nd floor joists, will mostly follow this tunnel but will have two wide arches! It's going to be fun!
Our Cob Village
We'll try to keep you updated on all the latest activity here at Lasqueti's Cob Village...