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VENTING the Chicken Coop? (Day 115)
VENTING the Chicken Coop? (Day 115)

Today we spend some time adding hardware cloth in strategic locations on the chicken coop roof for venting, and continue to work on the exterior....

We Need to Plaster These FIRST (Chicken Garden Day 114)
We Need to Plaster These FIRST (Chicken Garden Day 114)

Just when we thought the roof was done, turns out there's a few small bits to finish up. We burn and seal the cut ends....

Prepping for the NEXT PHASE of the Chicken Garden (Day 113)
Prepping for the NEXT PHASE of the Chicken Garden (Day 113)

It's a big day, friends! We ratchet down our hurricane straps to make the roof lumber and earthbags a single monolithic structure. Then it's finally....

Roof Build COMPLETE! Purlin & Facia Board Install (Chicken Garden Day 112)
Roof Build COMPLETE! Purlin & Facia Board Install (Chicken Garden Day 112)

It's a big day! We install our purlins and facia boards on the hyperadobe earthbag chicken garden roof which means we are done with this....

Rafters finished & SECURED! (Chicken Garden Day 111)
Rafters finished & SECURED! (Chicken Garden Day 111)

Today we complete all our rafters and install hurricane ties to secure them permanently to the beams in preparation for purlins and metal roofing. LINKS//....

We’ve Got RAFTERS on the Hyperadobe Earthbag Chicken Coop! (Day 110)
We’ve Got RAFTERS on the Hyperadobe Earthbag Chicken Coop! (Day 110)

Rafter production begins! Now that the beams are in place and the 1:12 pitch is good to go, we finally start cutting and installing our....

Did the 1:12 Roof Pitch Math Work? (Chicken Garden Day 109)
Did the 1:12 Roof Pitch Math Work? (Chicken Garden Day 109)

Most of today was spent adjusting our newly built roof beams to make sure they were square, parallel, level, plumb, and set to the right....

It’s Kind of a Big Deal! – Roof Beams Going up on the Chicken Garden (Day 108)
It’s Kind of a Big Deal! – Roof Beams Going up on the Chicken Garden (Day 108)

Can you believe it's time to start building the roof? With the Shou Sugi Ban process behind us, the lumber is ready for assembly! Today....

PRESERVING our Wooden Beams & Rafters for the Roof! (Chicken Garden Day 107)
PRESERVING our Wooden Beams & Rafters for the Roof! (Chicken Garden Day 107)

After measuring our existing walls and realizing we don't have to lay anymore earthbags (whaaaa?!?!?), we turn our attention to Shou Sugi Banning the lumber....

Is This the FINAL Earthbag for the Chicken Garden? (Day 106)
Is This the FINAL Earthbag for the Chicken Garden? (Day 106)

Can you believe it? The final course for the back garden wall is going up today! We also get our lumber delivery for the roof,....

Dirt Cheap Lithium Batteries for Off-Grid Solar w/o Overseas Shipping – U.S. Based Warehouse Stock
Dirt Cheap Lithium Batteries for Off-Grid Solar w/o Overseas Shipping – U.S. Based Warehouse Stock

One of the biggest ways we saved money on our off-grid homestead solar install was to buy 280AH Lithium Iron Phosphate battery cells directly from....

Let’s Talk Questions & Answers LIVE!
Let’s Talk Questions & Answers LIVE!

Hey friends, it’s been a while! Let’s hang out and answer all you questions :)

It’s Gotta Be THIS BIG – Raising the Back Wall to Roof Height (Chicken Garden Day 105)
It’s Gotta Be THIS BIG – Raising the Back Wall to Roof Height (Chicken Garden Day 105)

With our final layer of the outer wall complete, we start building up the back side to the proper roof height. Almost finished with earthbags....

Plaster PARTY! Friends Help Cover Earthbags (Chicken Garden Day 104)
Plaster PARTY! Friends Help Cover Earthbags (Chicken Garden Day 104)

Our local natural building group volunteered to stop by and help us on the chicken garden today! So we took advantage of the extra hands....

Can We Finish This Dang Top Layer? (Chicken Garden Day 103)
Can We Finish This Dang Top Layer? (Chicken Garden Day 103)

With a fresh new roll of hyperadobe earthbags, we finally continue that last top layer of the outer circle on the chicken garden. Will we....

Finally, a Place to RELAX! Earthbag Benches in our Chicken Garden (Day 102)
Finally, a Place to RELAX! Earthbag Benches in our Chicken Garden (Day 102)

Continuing our fun small projects in the chicken garden we add some small benches in the garden area purely for rest, relaxation, and let's be....

Adding Earthbag PLANTER Beds! (Chicken Garden Day 101)
Adding Earthbag PLANTER Beds! (Chicken Garden Day 101)

Well hello there, friends! We're back at it, and focusing on a fun small project. Adding earthbag planter beds to the front of the chicken....

She washes their clothes in what? Off-Grid Laundry for family of SIX!
She washes their clothes in what? Off-Grid Laundry for family of SIX!

Check out our new off-grid laundry setup featuring @Lehman's hand washer and Sunshine Clothesline! Tired of driving to our local laundromat of questionable quality, we....

EVERYTHING is Breaking! (Earthbag Chicken Garden Day 100)
EVERYTHING is Breaking! (Earthbag Chicken Garden Day 100)

What are the odds that on day 100 everything would quit working? Sigh...this is not how we planned on ending 100 days of building, but....

Nine Nine the Bernedoodle Presents: Crazy Humans & Their Earthbag Chicken Garden Day 99
Nine Nine the Bernedoodle Presents: Crazy Humans & Their Earthbag Chicken Garden Day 99

Oh friends, it's a special day - day Nine Nine! That's right, our furry Bernedoodle friend shares his thoughts on what his crazy hoomans are....

Mass HEADER Production for Screened Openings (Chicken Garden Day 98)
Mass HEADER Production for Screened Openings (Chicken Garden Day 98)

Today we build and install 10 lintels (or headers) over the screened openings on our outer wall. This gets us one step closer to laying....

Nesting Box DEMO – Making Changes to our Coop (Chicken Garden Day 97)
Nesting Box DEMO – Making Changes to our Coop (Chicken Garden Day 97)

Today we finish our last bit of bags up to the screened window opening height, and revisit our nesting box in the chicken coop. Tiny....

Hurricane Straps for Roof on Hyperadobe Earthbag Wall (Chicken Garden Day 96)
Hurricane Straps for Roof on Hyperadobe Earthbag Wall (Chicken Garden Day 96)

Today is hurricane strap day for the back wall. We are nearing the instillation of our headers over the openings and we're starting to see....

Don’t Look at Our Hole! Awkward Eartbagging (Chicken Garden Day 95)
Don’t Look at Our Hole! Awkward Eartbagging (Chicken Garden Day 95)

Today we have even more friends come by to help us earthbag, and we get so much done! Also, we may get super awkward near....

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