Dig!

Wednesday (15th May) was the day the digging proper started. By the end of the day, the trenches for the main house foundations had all been dug out. We are using ‘rubble trench’ foundations which involves digging a trench along the lines of all the outside walls and interior cob walls. (Though the walls will be thick, the foundations are significantly wider.) The trench is then filled with aggregate which is packed down and a low stone wall built on top. The cob will be built directly on the stone wall. This type of foundation avoids the need for concrete or cement. It is quite something to see the layout of the house physically, see the actual ground it will sit on, and to be able to walk in the paths of the walls.

Susan going to inspect the trenches

Susan going to inspect the trenches

Panoramic view of the trenches – with a distorting bend in the middle!

Panoramic view of the trenches – with a distorting bend in the middle!

View across the length of the house

View across the length of the house

 

Me in the trenches. Ok, enough trenches!

Me in the trenches. Ok, enough trenches!

4 thoughts on “Dig!

  1. Wow. Beautiful location too. I’m curious about the agrigate, what is it you’re using there and how did you source it?

    • You read our minds! The next post is about exactly that. It’s mostly written, should be up tomorrow. 😉

  2. Exciting to see the trenches. Is that Master Coll in one photo, making sure the trench is deep enough?

    • Actually that is Susan (C was in bed by then). But Coll did inspect the trenches, and he also used his shovel to put some aggregate in when the workmen were taking a break. 🙂

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