Information about design and construction of earth sheltered homes and a journal of my own progress

Clearing out the skylights

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Posted on January 27, 2017 by

 

 

In order for the formwork to be as strong as possible while the shotcrete was going up, I had chosen not to make a hole in the rebar cage for the skylights.  Instead, we just built the skylight forms above the steel structure.  Now that it is too cold to work outside, it is the perfect time to cut the steel out of the openings and remove the skylight forms.

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Cutting a side door in the Quonset Hut

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Posted on November 24, 2016 by

 

Back when we did the shotcrete on the Quonset hut, we bucked out a side door between the garage and the mudroom.  Leaving the Quonset intact was important because we did not want to weaken the Quonset structure before adding the wet concrete load.  However, the buck keeping the concrete off this section meant we could cut it out and make a doorway without needing a big concrete saw.  Well, now with the mudroom roof on, it is time to punch the door thru the side of the Quonset.

This segment also covers putting the lights up on the front of the garage.

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Setting up the office apse steel…

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Posted on November 19, 2016 by

 

The day after shotcrete on the perimeter walls, we got started on prepping the steel arches and setting them up for another round of shotcrete.  This particular apse is special because it will eventually be my office (where I will spend most of my waking hours), and because it needs to be in (along with its retaining wall) before we can bury the garage side of the house. The work was all pretty simple compared to the bedrooms, and I didn’t take much time to stop and take pics, so this post should be short.  But first, the video…

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Apse

An apse is the semi-circular end of a vault. They are pretty common in earth sheltered homes because they can hold a lot of load, but usually, they are at the back, completely buried.  I put mine up front and included a window.  Hopefully, it turns out to be a good idea.  This apse will also be my office, and I spend a lot of the time on video conference calls, so hopefully, the acoustics are OK.  At least my head will be near the window and not near the acoustic focus point.

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