As you know the goal of the hack-shack is to build with natural and locally available material. So for the inside plaster we choose mud and clay that we found a few miles away in the same valley. According to Ricardo’s mixture we added straw and horse manure.
Whilst piling the sandbags and during the last months we had to review several times all the pipings for water connection, the gray water drains and all the electricity installation to define where to set the electric sockets, switches and lights. All these details are important to prepare the walls for an easy set up of the electric and hydraulic system.
Within less than 2 weeks Edgar’s team was able to pile up all the sandbags again and finish the wall structure. The house looks again stunning and regained the majestic aspect in the middle of the hillside of arid Baja California Sur with its splendid view on the sea of cortés.
… and after many emotional ups and downs, the hack-shack has again the same appearance and advances as in October 2016, however featuring an additional porch and countless learnings about ecological and practical construction methods, but mostly learnings about myself and how to relate with people and create a team.
A few weeks have passed since my last blog entry. A lot of preparation work has been going on and quite some natural disasters stroke Mexico in the meantime. First Tropical Storm Lidia hit the southern tip of Baja California and on the 7th and 19th September two strong Earthquakes stroke and devastated parts of Mexico.
Good news: Sandbags seem to resist Hurricanes and Earthquakes! 😉
In the afternoon we sat down at Palapas again and fine-tuned the details. Location and shape of the stairs, layout of the living room, bathroom reacomodation. Balcony design… We made a pile of napkins sketches whilst hydrating ourselves with agua de jamaica.