Here are just some of the projects we have worked on. As time allows we will add more photos.
Morrow residence boat access project. This picture shows the rain water collection, debris filter, first flush diverter and storage. The rest of the project encompassed installing all plumbing, gas, water filtration, on demand water heating, showers, pumps etc.
This is the LP gas fired hydro switch on demand hot water system, with the chlorination holding tank in the rear.
Morrow residence, boat only access. This project included installing all system except electrical, including the rain water collection, pumping, all plumbing, gas, chlorinated injection filtration for water, grey water, hot water on demand heater.
Foundation for Freya’s House at OUR Eco Village- Teaching a class on curvilinear foundations using fabric form
One of many types of home made wooden door latches
A recycled door cleaned up and turned upside down with new large window added, fished with elm trim scavenged from the firewood pile.
Our 3013 project – the eco-hut. Off-grid, octagonal self supporting roof, living roof, grey water, blown cellulose with earth and lime plasters, kitchen, wood stove, thermosiphon/solar hot water heating. A true tiny house.
The young residence – helped out with the rough exterior cob, tethering straw bales, scratch coating bales, lime plaster. Expected finish date 2014.
It might be funny, but we take safety seriously. The Chicher residence in Saanich was almost a complete rebuild of a double 20 sided wooden yurt with two complete roof system replacements, earthen floor, replaced wall sections… this job sold me on circular roofs.
Central compression ring for our eco-hut roof structure.
Interior roof ceiling finish of the eco-hut complete with circular tube light, recycled ship lap, and jute rope for trim.
Our blown cellulose system where we wrap framed structure in burlap and structural stucco wire, blow in cellulose then plaster with earthen plasters. The exterior will receive a final lime plaster – not shown here.
The eco-hut with curved plastered soffits.
The McPerson/Philip greenhouse/rootcellar. The south portion is the greenhouse, the north is a cob cold storage with living roof.
McPherson/Phillip greenhouse – inside there is a 8’x20′ 12 ” thick rear wall that acts as the tromp wall and moisture moderation to control temperature and humidity. the rear wall is wood chip clay infill, which insulates the warm greenhouse from the cold storage. To boot, they installed a biogas digester in the greenhouse that produces gas they use to cook with and boil maple syrup in the little nook at far right.
The cold storage side of the greenhouse getting finishing touches
Eco-Sense greenhouse and outside patio with cob oven.
Eco-Sense greenhouse is partially heated in the winter when the cob oven is fired up every two weeks
5 story deck – complete replacement
Tadelakt in the Robinson bath/shower stall
Consulting for Eastwood’s straw bale studio
Consulting, rough in plumbing, roof membrane install, and cob work for the Gabor load bearing cob home
The Robinson residence – cob construction, earthen floors, plumbing and hydronic heating installation.
Cob lifts up to 4 feet in one day
George residence – consulting, foundation, cob, curvilinear double stud framing, earthen floors, and brown coat plaster
George residence in progress
Gearge residence curved foundation
Fully off-grid self contained mini home
Eco-hut: Under Construction
Eco-Sense Greenhouse with a rammed earth tire foundation built into the hillside.
Public composting toilet/change room – 400 hr volunteer project
Gabor Residence – Stoltz Bluff Eco Retreat
Gabor residence – this was the tallest one day lift – a 5′ lift located behind the aluminum ladder. This is a 16 foot tall load bearing cob wall.
This is part of our solar thermal system… a heat dump that is also a solar dehydrator. The box is a clay/perlite box able to such moisture out of the foods. It is also hooked to the wood gassier so that we can add backup in shoulder season processing when needed.
Solar thermal dehydrator – 60′ of copper coil hooked to a hot water recirc pump, controlled via thermostat. This is where we dump excess heat and dry in the late summer and fall, and where we store 60 squash in the winter.
Public washroom with composting toilet under construction
Sample of kitchen cabinetry – wood from our own tree, arbutus from the firewood pile, recycled packing pallets, recycled 2×4 from Glanford school, old scraps of train trestle and mud.
The Eco-Sense woodworking shop (in its cleaner days). all the shelves, windows, bench were found in the bush on the land.