As we begin the second session of being a part of Design Build Bluff we feel like old timers on the job site. Our first wounds are starting to mend, our new gloves and tool belts are sufficiently broken in and our construction drawings are covered in red lines and alterations.
Nearly a month ago on January 15th we met Juanita Joe on the job site to stake out the footprint of her new home. Once the location was decided we dug the foundation, laid insulation and rebar, poured the foundation and floor, ground the concrete, roughed in the plumbing, and framed the four exterior walls. It was fulfilling to leave the house at the end of our first three weeks seeing the progress that was made. Thankfully, a week later, we were able to breathe a sigh of relief when we drove up to the job site to see the form of the house was still defined by the walls – right where we left them.
These past two days have been productive and rewarding. We started the roof and rammed earth wall as we look to finish these projects within the next week. The overarching goal is to have the entire house dried in by February 28: roof completed, house wrapped, doors and windows installed and interior walls completed. Wish us luck!
Juanita Joe is the mother of four children. Her youngest, Troy (11), will be living with her in this house. Juanita could quite possibly be the sweetest person we have met. Her warm presence and beautiful smile are in perfect combination with a quick wit and sense of humor. We are all so excited and feel overly grateful to get up early every morning and travel to the job site that overlooks Monument Valley!