Summer Kitchen Renovation Part3: Electric Post

Our connection to the electric company currently runs through the summer kitchen and from there to the house. It is embedded in the structure. The main above-ground cable runs from the road to a post sticking out of the summer kitchen roof. (top foreground)A main cut-off switch is installed on the outside wall (bottom front [...]

Summer Kitchen Renovation Part2: Water & Electricity

When I started healing from my strained back we invited the excavator back to do the work we halted a couple of weeks earlier. I offered guidance, Iulia did the work! We started working on a water line. There was already a second pipe (the first being the one that feeds into the house) coming [...]

Summer Kitchen Renovation Part1: Destruction

For the past few months Iulia has been clearing out the summer kitchen in preparation for renovation. We haven't started because I've been reluctant to get into this project. During this period of my reluctance we did get more clear about the general plans for the renovation. We also got a set of 4 used [...]

[Webinar] Building with Earthbags: our experience with the cellar

Dear friends,In the last 2 years we built our cellar from earth bags. It was mostly the two of us... helped along the way a bit by volunteers and friends. We learned a lot, people started to ask questions. This is how Iulia started the Romania: EarthBags Building / Constructii din saci umpluti cu pamant [...]

Earthbag Cellar: Shelves and … Food!

The shelves felt likeĀ  a small scale "industrial" project ... mass production and assembly of parts. I had already charred a few boards in preparing for the shelves. Now it was time to cut them up and make them into frames. Then piled them up for charring the remaining parts at the "charring station" just [...]

Earthbag Cellar – Ventilation Chimney

This seemingly small part of the project turned out to be a place where I immersed myself more than I expected. The initial objective was to protect the ventilation exhaust pipes from sun (they are made of plastic), rain and rodents. But as it came into being I felt it was a surprisingly prominent aesthetic [...]