rammed earth iii

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So there was enough talk leading up to this – it was time to break ground!

You can see pictured above John digging out the layer of mulch on top and then a few inches of soil until we arrived at the more solid stuff, on which we laid the rocks.  I overshot how much gravel we needed, but thankfully when it is moved by tractor, it can easily be moved yet again.  We made the aggregate slab 24″ wide, to allow a few inches leeway for the wall.

After completing this, I searched out the best soil to use from my available options onsite.  I decided on the one pictured above, that had the smallest trace of organic matter, with plenty of it available.  I estimated needing 4.5 cubic yards of soil for the project.

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Author: Meg C

Meghan is a recent Master of Architecture graduate from the University of Cincinnati. She is interested in all aspects of sustainability, finding the most pertinent ways it relates to the built environment including social justice in terms of material choice, implementation, and life-cycle. While pragmatic concerns are ever-present, she constantly explores the inexplicable beauty to be found in the intersection of order and the poetics of space.

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