Today work started on the excavation of the driveway and included the laying of pipes to direct water away from the house. The clay soil of this region—prone to large amounts of expansion and contraction depending on moisture levels—unfortunately requires a deeper road base for long-term stability than a drive built on other soil types.
Andy Clark placed the last pallets of stone to the side of the drive yesterday in preparation for preparing the base of the driveway. The magnitude of our commitment to lay stones is now clear!
This month has brought more work on site, including the installation of the recycled barn door over the rooftop deck door and window. The builder and his crew have been on the lookout for over a year for local demolition projects that might yield a suitable door. Recycled materials have lower embodied energy, but finding the right materials definitely requires time and patience!
The first delivery of cobblestones for the driveway project arrived yesterday. As with the desired barn door, we searched for a long time for nearby recycled cobbles, but now have at least a beautiful material that, unlike concrete, can easily last hundreds if not thousands of years through many recycling projects if the house does not last forever.