Friday, July 15, 2011
Today I am acting as Maestro, or, Maesta, rather. Our goals are site elevations, dig, and draw. We are also preparing for a presentation with our client, Julie. Through our meeting we start to understand her expectations and interests more – she likes open space, good storage in the kitchen, counter space, lockable places, a balance of concrete and wood, and she had some great ideas for how to incorporate more of the mined rocks into the project through the columns or the retaining wall.
After a quick, and hot afternoon of one group digging more of the foundation wall and setting the lines and the other group building a mock up of our rock faced retaining wall, which also tested for how the rough sawn and plywood textures came forth, as well as a test of mica powder on the top surface. Here I learned how to properly use a float and an edging tool for the concrete top. This is slightly different from the Rockite models I’ve done in prior months!
The evening is the most comfortable time of the day. The solar water heated showers are hot and ready, the sun is still hot, but the air is cooling. The breeze is steady and keeps the bugs at bay. We finally got the other solar panel hooked up to the right battery, so we were able to charge the devices we are oh-so dependant on.
Tonight I have a second juice of energy, ready to tackle the confusion of the elusive foundation wall details and the formwork elevations. Tim, Adam and I hash it out by lamplight and I’m finally able to explain each of three systems fully to the next Maestra. I’m excited to start finally feeling like I have a handle on these things – the systems which we often so easily draw in as lines without thickness.
I am in a dual Masters program in Architecture and Urban Design at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. I am participating in the RAW Dakota 2011 workshop in Custer, SD July 13-27, 2011 and blogging about the experience. Thoughts you'd like to add? Thanks for reading! – Keihly Moore