Anyway, this is the process I am now embarking on in order to save the Earthship from being demolished.
I have made a couple of visits to the site since putting on the roof and made some discoveries both good and not so good...
|Macadamia tree planted from nut, 4 months old|
Other not so good discoveries were movement issues within the building on the western tyre wall.
|cracks between the west tyre wall and cob bathroom wall|
|light coloured dirt shows the new fill|
Having an excavator on site for 2 days meant we got a lot done in terms of clearing and reinforcing with the ability to move tons of dirt quickly as opposed to the bucket line method of the November 2014 Workshop which was also a lot of fun!
|waterproofing the berm|
As for the footings... well, there aren't any.
|water from the sky|
the picture also shows the waterproofed buried berm.
|relocating the caravan|
After the excavator cleared a bit more land up the hill, we carefully moved the caravan to a native cherry tree grove behind the dam.
|view of rear of Earthship standing on level pad for header tank|
Lastly the excavator made a level pad for a future header tank to gravity feed the Earthship.
10 days of progress, good friends and...good times.