Sunday, May 27, 2012

We had an extraordinary week building the common house together!  We worked for nine straight days and only had rain at night.  The weather was lovely and we had many great helpers every day.  The main house is up and almost dried in. The next big job will be roofing shingles.  The laundry room is up and tied into the main house, but there is still a bit of plywood needed on the roof and we still need to buy and install all the doors!  I've sent photos to our great webmaster Judith, and hopefully we'll have something up soon for those of you out of town and unable to see the progress in person.  We will be having a workday at the site on the 4th Sunday of every month from now on to keep working on site beautification and to continue with the common house construction.  We're also expecting there to be an article in the Durham N&O in the next week (fingers crossed!) and this week we published a little ad in Mother Earth News and had our first booth at the Durham farmer's market.  The quest for new members has begun!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Great progress on the common house!!

We began work on the common house yesterday with lots of helpers!  We got half the walls up yesterday and the other half today.  Tomorrow at 8am we start putting up roof trusses!  Such fun.  I'll get photos up on the site as soon as I can.  For anyone interested in the house-raising we'll be working every day until May 24th - come on out!!!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Hi Folks!  We have a few new Elderberry members who have joined this month - Welcome to Amy, Rex, Meg, Kelly and Joyce!

I'm leaving in just a few minutes to meet the building inspector who is doing the inspection on the plumbing in the Common House slab.  Then we have to put in gravel, do termite protection, vapor barrier, rebar, electric and hot water pipes and THEN we can pour!  So it's looking like mid-late May to start construction of the actual Deltec structure.

We met a very cool film maker (he filmed Within Reach about a couple who toured the US on bikes visiting communities) and he is willing to come and film the building of the common house (which will be done in one week like a barn raising).  Should be fun!  Watch this site for start dates.

We have also contracted with an architect and builder to design and build the first set of units.  Things are very busy and we're having a blast getting this community off the ground.

Watch this space!!!