As usual I have been a bit crap about documenting the progress of the latest construction work. In addition, a recent computer crash has wiped out most of my photos for the last few years, which is probably a blessing in disguise as I don’t want to get too attached to this kind of stuff.
Anyway, to cut a long story short, we are very close to completing the brick work on the new building, just some of the final plastering left to do, first fix electric is in and just the bathroom to go. Most of the work was done by interns during the workshops in July and August, I am especially pleased with the bamboo framed verandah roof, it looks great even if I say so myself. We do not work during April and we expect the building to be finished by the end of May, fingers crossed.
In keeping with our objective of using natural materials as much as possible, while maintaining a good level of comfort and flexibility of use, the basic design incorporates two rooms with one shared bathroom, living area and space for a kitchen if necessary. It is suitable for use as single dwelling or as two separate rooms.
Please note that the concrete columns that you see supporting the roof are not really necessary to the structure, but having a roof in place while building the walls makes everything easier and more comfortable, no rainy season deadlines and protection from sun and rain.
We have been greatly encouraged by the response to last year’s workshops and we have received many enquiries about future courses, especially from Nok’s FB page. The summer of 2016 will see a new version of the natural building internship, with short workshops on request also available at certain times. More details to follow.