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We finally started clearing for our cordwood house.  We have a lot full of huge rocks, tree stumps, and clay.  Very difficult and time consuming to level and dig a foundation, but resource loaded for the build.  Clay for the cob, rocks for the base, smaller rocks fot the floor tiles, and plenty of tress all around for cordwood and all the furniture and interior work we could ever want.  It is funny that we got this lot cheap because it wasn't "suitable" for building, but in reality, we hit a goldmine.
I will attempt to update on this thread as we go, but the full build with all the info will be at homesteadhouligan.com if I'm a slacker.  
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How exciting! Love the look of cordwood exteriors.   Congratulations on your start .
 
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I have not seen you post much on here and was wondering how you made out over the hard winter this past year. I suppose I should have been more active in finding out. Glad to see you are making progress.
 
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It was a long, hard winter.  We ended up makking out pretty well.  The early arctic blasting we got was kind enough to find all of the drafts in the house and we were able to seal the place up tight.  
We have been so busy plotting and planning the build that I hardly kept track of anything except the build.  But now that the gardens are in and the excavator is working, I finally have a chance on a rainy day to do some catching up.  We are making good progress, slow and steady.  Everything seems to be coming together well.  Besides all the rock and clay we found at the dig site, we also had a neighbor offer us some wood off his lot that he just wants out of his way.  Lots of cordwood that is nearby, but we don't have to cut so many of our trees.  We will only need to buy roofing, plumbing, hay, doors and windows.  And whatever else will pop up of course, but we have most of the other materials we need.  
If it would only rain on the days I have to work, then we could pick up the pace a little!
Thanks for checking in!
 
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Finally done clearing the boulder infested site.
Now to dig the foundation.  Apparently there is so much gravel where the foyndation goes that the Man says it will be easier to dig by hand.
No wonder we get in shape living out here!
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