Category Archives: building phase

Kiva Progress

We’ve been making progress on the Kiva fireplace, with breaks due to having to work on the plumbing as well (multitasking has a new meaning here). The fireplace now has the Rumsford throat in place and the smoke chamber. Next … Continue reading

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Balancing the Lodge: A Kiva Rumford Fireplace

The balance between cool and warm means that even a passive solar house should include heating and cooling mechanisms. Rather than use anything that takes power, we’re setting up a couple of other options. Windows are the natural cooling mechanism. … Continue reading

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The First Year at Cielito Lindo Ranch

It’s been a year since we made the move onto the land and Clielito Lindo Ranch began to become a reality, not just a dream. We’ve had setbacks and snow, summer sun and successes, rain and random stuff happening, mud … Continue reading

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Ceilings

We’ve been struggling with what to do with the lodge ceiling — yes, we’re moving to inside work now. The first thought was some sort of drop ceiling. We want room above the ceiling for additional insulation (beyond what is … Continue reading

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More Resources

It’s always fun to find new resources, and since we’re still working on the lodge (and getting to things now like the ceiling and interior stuff), we’re finding lots of cool things. Here’s some of the best ideas we’ve seen. … Continue reading

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Cob Corners

With the walls up and the roof on the main lodge, we’re getting down to details and prep for plastering. Part of it is the use of cob in certain corners and small spaces, where a bale won’t reasonably fit … Continue reading

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Winter Lessons

We’ve officially landed in winter weather–in New Mexico that means sunny days, and crisp nights…really crisp, as in below freezing crispy. All this has brought new lessons to the ranch, including dealing with those cold, cold nights. Blankets and a … Continue reading

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First Snow of Winter 2011

Well, so much for the plans to finish the building before the first snow. Yesterday morning we received about two inches (50 mm) and the temperature got down to 20 degrees Fahrenheit (-7 c) This is what the snowy building looks like. … Continue reading

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Adobe UP!

Seven people, 3,500 adobe bricks, and only a few days before winter — how will we fare? Only fate will tell. Creating the bucks (the wood around the doors and windows) has been very time consuming. But look at the … Continue reading

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Hats and Boots (part 2 of 2…we hope)

It’s been some time since the last post, and this is all due to the distraction and troubles with getting the foundations done. The piers went in reasonably well and fast. And the steel has gone up for the roof. … Continue reading

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